Welcome to our guide to Monstera Obliqua care and propagation. In this article we’ll show you how to care for the delicately-leaved monstera obliqua.
Monstera Obliqua Summary
|Light needs:||Plenty of indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check once a week and water if top half of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||Regular potting compost with added perlite.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Root rot and yellowing leaves due to overwatering.|
The monstera obliqua is a really rare tropical house plant, similar in many way to the monstera adansonii, it is a small trailing vine plant that has holes in it’s leaves, but it grows very differently. This is a stunning tropical plant with delicate leaves that is fairly easy to care for. We’ll go into more info below…
Monstera Obliqua Light Needs
A monstera obliqua will grow well with plenty of indirect sunlight. They will do well in less light too, down to medium amounts of indirect sunlight is fine. An east facing window is an ideal spot for this plant, or a south facing room, but back from the window.
How Often to Water
Check your plant once a week and only water it if the top half of the soil is dry. These plants like water but they do not like to sit in it. Root rot can be a big problem if you overwater them.
Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer months to encourage growth. It is not totally necessary to feed these plants but it can encourage quicker growth. The first time you feed the plants in the season, make sure you over-dilute the feed to avoid fertilizer burn of the leaves.
A regular potting compost will do, but I would add some perlite for drainage as the obliqua does not like to sit in water logged soil. For more on buying or making your own soil, see our guide here: Monstera Soil.
When To Repot
Repot in spring if it is growing out the bottom of it’s current pot and has outgrown its current container.
Obliquas love humidity, way over normal household humidity can be good for them, 70% even. If there is one special care task you do for your obliquas – keep them humid by keeping them in a humid room, or with other plants. You can mist them too.
Tip: You want high humidity to help those delicate leaves thrive.
16-27°C (61-81°F). These plants will do well in most normal household temperatures.
How To Propagate
Take stem cuttings with a node and one or two leaves. Let the wond heal for a couple of hours, then ptu them in a jar of fitlered tap water to root for a month or so. They can then be moved to soil.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic to dogs and cats if eaten, and can cause problems including vomiting. Seek vets advice immdeiately if you think your pet has eaten any.
Monstera Obliqua Vs Adansonii
The Obliqua has more hole than leaf, and the adansonii has about the same hole and leaf area. The Obliqua leaves are more delicate too.
Monstera Obliqua Vs Esqueleto
The Esqueleto has even less leaf to hole ratio than the Obliqua, the esqueto is almost all hole!
How Fast Does Monstera Obliqua Grow?
They are slow growing for a monstera.
Why Is Monstera Obliqua So Expensive?
They are expesive as they are relatively rare while being in high demand.
Can Monstera Obliqua Grow In Water?
They can grow in water alone, just take a node cutting, let it callous over and then put it in a jar of water. Make sure no leaves are touching the water as they can lead it to go cloudy and rot the cutting. Keep it in medium indirect sunlight and it should root well, and you can grow it there indefinitely as long as you keep the water topped up.
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Monstera Obliqua FAQs and Common Problems
Overwatering is a common issue, and the problems associated with it: root rot and yellowing of leaves etc. Just make sure you do not water the plant unless the top half of the soil has dried out first. And ensure you have a really well draining soil that won’t let the plant sit in water.
Monstera Obliqua vs Adansonii
They are both very similar, but the main difference between monstera obliqua and monstera adansonii is that the obliqua is slightly more delicate with more hole-to-leaf ratio as well as thinner leaves than the adansonii. Also the obliquas tend to grow in one long stem and branch out less.