Jungle fever. The Acapulco Monstera is native to the Central American rainforest but cleans up well. It's an art installation that’ll instantly enliven any space with its giant eyeleted leaves. It’s easy to maintain and tolerates neglect. But it happens to the best of us. A yellow leaf here and saggy stem there. We’ve got you.
It likes a shady spot in a sunny room
Fantastic house plants because they grow on dark jungle floors. Anywhere that doesn't get direct sun and your Monstera will preen for you for ages. Although it will tolerate low light or full shade, it grows best in a shady spot in a sunny room.
It doesn't like a lot of water
The best way to water is to fully soak the soil until water drains out of the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. This promotes healthy root growth as the lower roots get nourished too. Take your Monstera to the shower and watering from above. Let it drain for ten minutes before putting it back in its place. Alternatively, take it to your balcony and water it thoroughly there.
Wait for the soil to dry to about two or three inches before watering again. Poke your finger into the soil to check its moisture level. If it's dry down there, it's time for a drink.
Start with about three times a week – more in summer and less in the monsoon and cooler months. It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.
Spa day, once a month
1. Trim off any brown leaves snipping closely to the central stem.
2. Scrape off any white mould on top of the soil. It’s just harmless fungi that lives in the soil. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon.
3. Poke holes in the soil with a chopstick to aerate it and and give your plant a bit of extra breathing room. Sprinkle a tablespoon of vitamins in the soil and massage in.
4. Shine its leaves with a damp cloth, gently removing any dust. Front and back. This not only makes your plant look nicer but also helps it to soak in light more easily.
5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards sunlight.
6. Clean your cork mat with soap and water or white vinegar.
Mist its leaves
Especially if they’re dusty. Don’t wet them too much.
Why are the leaves on my Acapulco Monstera turning yellow?
Monstera plants are generally disease-free so literally the only way you can kill it is by overwatering. Yellow leaves usually indicate you need to cut down your watering and make sure the pot is draining properly. Only water your Monstera when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry. In the monsoon and winter, let your plant dry out a little more between waterings. Keep its soil moist but not soggy. When you water, make sure you provide enough water so that liquid drains out from the hole at the bottom of the pot. Never let it sit in water.
Why are the leaves on my Acapulco Monstera turning brown?
If your leaves are browning, it is likely due to bright sunlight. Your Monstera is probably in a spot in your home where the sunlight is very strong. Try moving your plant to an area where it’ll get indirect light, but still bright enough.