Welcome to our Monstera Plant Care FAQ article. We run down some frequently asked questions about monsteras, what they need, and general how to’s.
Can Monstera Live Outside?
A monstera can live outside as long as it does not get too much exposure to freezing temperatures, and/or midday sun. If you can protect it from both these things you should be ok.
Will Monstera Grow Back After Cutting?
Monsteras will grow back after cutting. They will not necessarily grow back in the same way, but they should produce growth from the node nearest to the cut.
Why Some Monstera Leaves Don’t Split
Young monstera leaves do not split, monsteras will only put out fenestrated leaves when the plant is mature. When the plant is mature and putting out split leaves it will sometimes put out smaller leaves with no splits, this is perfectly normal. It happens that way sometimes, and sometimes it is due to lack of care needs, like too little light or humidity. It is nothing to worry about, just make sure your plant is getting the sun and humidity it needs and it should produce split leaves again soon.
Why Do Monstera Have Holes
There are a few theories as to why monsteras have developed to have splits and holes in them, but the scientific community is not in 100% agreement on the matter. The one that carries the most weight is the holes and splits are to allow the plant to spread out as they climb and grow, but using less energy than if the leaf was whole. Also they may well have developed to cool the leaf down quicker.
Will Monstera Grow In Water?
Monsteras can grow well in water, as long as they have lived in water since a cutting. You can root a cutting in water and then let it grow in the jar.
Monstera – What Is A Node?
The node on a monstera is the wider ‘knuckle’ part of the stem where new branches and growth come from. If taking a cutting, roots will grow from the node.
Can Monstera Take Full Sun?
Monsteras can become accustomed to a lot of sun, but too much direct sun will likely burn and kill them. You can get monsteras more acclimatized to stronger sun by gradually exposing them to it, for example you can put them out side but under shade, but then very gradually reduce the shade over a few weeks or months.