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On Jun 11, 2012, Jungleman from Pasadena, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Excellent understory plant in my Sunset 21 / USDA 9B garden. The most successful placement I have experienced is in full shade, but not in a cold pocket of any kind. If they freeze and lose their leaves when exposed to frost, the stems slowly rejuvenate. I place them in the warmest though shadiest part of my garden.
The huge, tropical , glossy leaves are a great companion to palms of all sorts to give the tropical feel.
I've had the same Monstera for years in a pot - outside in the summertime and tossed in the unheated garage during the winter. It's come through fine each time. Sadly, this past winter here in Georgia was *exceptionally* bad, and I lost a great many of my plants, both hardy outdoor plants and those I usually overwinter indoors. Early on in the winter, I realized I'd forgotten to take my Monstera in and discovered it, all blackened, from a freeze. Alas! So I just left it outside all winter through many subsequent freezes and exceptionally low temps. Much to my surprise, I'm seeing two new little Monstera leads poking up from the soil around the old dead stem.
My Monstera grew from a tiny house plant and now is several feet tall on the front porch mostly shaded but exposed to some direct sun. I first placed it outside in San Francisco, then my deck, and finally my porch in the East Bay. It now puts out beautiful giant leaves regularly. We don't get frost often this close to the bay, so with that respect it doesn't surprise me too much how well it has done outdoors. However, what really surprises me about Monstera Deliciosa is that it seems to continue to grow just fine even in the cooler temperature seasons. Mine just put out its first flower a few weeks ago, in the midst of a particularly cool and rainy winter! I really don't think this one gets enough credit for how well it will grow in cool but mild climates despite its very tropical origins and look.
On Jan 22, 2010, SarahUCM from Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Had as a potted houseplant for a few years. By the time we moved it had grown so leggy and ugly we were ready to throw it out. We stuck it in a shady spot in the ground just to temporarily fill in some empty space... its now survived two Central Valley winters and had turned into a BEAUTIFUL landscape plant that's green year round.
I would recommend trying it outside, even for those in marginal climates... its worth the risk!
On Oct 13, 2008, johnpeten from San Andres, Peten Guatemala wrote:
These plants grow naturally in my garden in Guatemala. The fruit takes a year to ripen then it can be eaten. When unripe it is very unpleasant to eat.
An extract from:-
FLORA OF GUATEMALA
VOLUME 24, PART I
CHICAGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
AUGUST 29, 1958
Usually a large and coarse, epiphytic vine, the stems stout, often greatly elongate,
sometimes 6 cm. thick; petioles often a meter long and 2-2.5 cm. thick; blades
of the earliest leaves small, cordate, entire, those of the succeeding leaves ovate cordate,
entire, or becoming pinnatifid; adult blades 40-60 cm. long or more, rather
thick and somewhat coriaceous, lustrous and bright green above, paler beneath,
regularly pinnatifid, the oldest ones also with numerous small perforations close to
Cordate: Heart shaped.
Ovate: Egg shaped.
Coriaceous. Like leather.
Pinnatifid: divided like a feather, used to describe leaves that have a central axis with parts branching off it.
On Nov 10, 2007, jemcd9603 from Charlotte, NC wrote:
I have a screen room outside and during the summer mths in Charlotte this plant thrives really well. I found the readings from others a great tool as during the hot mths my leaves turn brown but I know now that I need to spray them with a mist. The plant is very easy to grow; I do not over water so that is most likely why I have no issues with the plant growing. It is now getting cold and as I read from one reader moving it inside is a big task. My plant is 4 ft wide by 2 - 3 ft high, it creeps sideways in my pot and I am thinking about trying to cut it back and start other plants with the cuttings. Others have written that this plant propagates well, so I will try it. Thanks to all for the great tips.
On Oct 11, 2007, WaterCan2 from Eastern Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Grew five plants from seed, over 10yrs old now. Mine tolerate 45°F for better than 6hrs without damage. Tenacious, it can send a root out over 4 feet looking for water! I know... It sent one through, (not around), my living room curtain! The more the sun the greater the demand. The only thing I don't like about this plant is that it's crooked stems are not strong enough to carry it's huge load by themselves. Leaves regularly reach 12"+ in length. Always a conversation piece.
On Sep 22, 2007, sparkfan from Hillsborough, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I began working as a merchandiser for tropicals in my local Home Depot store. The Monstera was the only one in the store and in need of transplanting. It was about 18 inches tall and about 12 inches wide. I repotted it and now in September it is about 36 inches tall and about 48 inches wide. I have had it on my deck and will soon have to find someplace with enough room for it in my house! I have found that it is an extremely easy plant to take care of. I water mine about once a week and it continues to thrive. Late July and early August found it covered with tree frogs which came to find mates. I have added a picture of two of them on one of the large leaves.
On Mar 26, 2007, plantladylin from Daytona Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I love this plant for it's Tropical look! It can grow very large, 25' or more and the leaves can get to 3'. It seems to like very bright light, but no direct sun! I water it thoroughly about once a week. The newer leaves don't have the splits, but attain them as they get larger and older.
On Dec 15, 2006, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
We have one growing inside by a window and it is doing very well here in Houston, Tx. We also took a piece of it and planted it in our back yard under our banana trees and it is huge. The leaves are about the size of a garbage can top and it is trying to climb the bananas. It went through 3 mornings of 30 degree weather and suffered no damage. The one outside seem to be much larger that the one we have kept indoor,
I love this plant! Can anyone give me some information about the trimming of the plant? They've become rather large and unrully. I must find a way to make them more attractive (and smaller) and I don't want to harm them by doing too much. Do you tie them up to a central stake? What's the best way to do that and make them attractive in your home?
On Sep 19, 2006, keonikale from Lexington, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
Small, medium, or large this plant is a real joy to grow. The smaller the plant the faster it typically grows. I have several smaller m. deliciosa's I picked up from Lowe's and Home Depot and they have grown very quickly, doubling in size in a year.
The larger plants I purchased from a tropical dealer and they grow much slower, about one new leaf every 45 days or so. They can get very large. Letting them climb something will help with their creeping out of the pot and putting aerial roots all over everything. Moss covered polls have worked best, but I've also used bamboo with no problem.
The only problem I've had with monstera's are mites. Last year I think I brought home a new plant with mites and/or aphids and they spread to my smaller plants almost decimating them. Luckily I was able to get them outside quickly in the spring and the rain cleared up the problem. They've since come back to life and then some.
As others have said, don't overwater, the leaves will sweat. Also it seems it's best to let the plant get a little rootbound before repotting it. They like partial shade, but if they don't get enough sun the leaves won't develop the trademark holes in them. The splits will form in almost any light condition I've found though once the plant is old enough.
On Aug 29, 2006, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:
Few tropical plants conjure up images of the exotic tropical jungle better than Monstera deliciosa. It is a popular design in hawaiian printed shirts and fabrics, showing up in paintings and printed on everything from shower curtains to ceramics. In the right climate, these are majestic, lush and vigorous aroids which pair extraordinarily well with palms, tree ferns, and large tropical shade trees. In fact, locally we have a massive Ficus benghalensis (Banyan) completely draped in the old monstera vine- quite a sight.
This plant is commonly confused with the Split Leaf Philodendron, (Philodendron bipinnatifidum). Despite the vague similarities, Monstera deliciosa IS NOT A PHILODENDRON.
Growth is extremely rapid during the long humid summers. I've noticed best growth is achieved in partial shade, along with the use of a composted mulch like an ultra-fine pine bark compost. In addition, regular fertilization is best- mine get 2 - 3 doses of an acid "palm special" granular applied to the coconut palms they are residing under, along with at least 2 doses of fish emulsion monthly. These are thirsty plants, which should come as no surprise when one considers they're indigenous to Central American rainforest. They love to have their leaves wet, especially during hot and dry spells. The flowering is primarily during the warmer months, and the fruit develops throughout the year. In a typical year, we can expect more ceriman fruit than we could ever eat. Fortunately, neithbors and the indigenous fauna like them as well. If you are growing the Monstera for fruit, a.k.a. "Ceriman", then it is best to keep the plants at ground level in partial shade. Of course, if you are Tarzan, and can climb trees to harvest your fruit, you can train them to climb.
On Aug 3, 2006, jannerb from Newport Beach, CA wrote:
My monstera is in a tiny brick planter in front of my 1950's ranch front patio, in Newport Beach CA. (northeast facing, so afternoon shade). The planter isn't irrigated at all, it just gets rainwater from the roof. The plant is a full story tall now, with no care whatsoever. I just took my first cutting to propagate for the back yard, so wish me luck. I probably get about 10 fruits per year, but I haven't been adventuresome enough to try one yet...I just like the tropical look of the plant.
On Jul 18, 2006, wtliftr from Wilson's Mills, NC wrote:
Just found some fruits in a nearby Kroger...I've been looking for the fruit for YEARS!! Does anyone have a photo of the seeds? And how many are in the plant? The fruit still isn't fully ripe, so I haven't seen the inside yet...Can't wait to taste the fruit.
How hard is it to grow them from seeds?
On Jul 13, 2006, RoyRogers from Tampa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
The images uploaded are of 2 different plants. I grow both of them in my Tampa, FL, USA backyard. If you look at the plant images, one plant leaf is very large and has actual holes in the leaves. The other plant images shows a plant with the leaves split from the edges. I don't know the actual scientific differences in the names of the plants, but they are not the same plant.
On Jun 19, 2006, kznchik from Bellflower, CA wrote:
It performs amazingly well here in coastal LA, California. I've purchased one about a year ago as a youngster at a Home Depot and since then it has developed into quite the handsome mature-looking plant. It's currently living under bright, partially sunny conditions and gets plenty of water when the weather gets hot and dry (otherwise the sun will burn ugly brown holes into the leaves). In spring/summer, each stem sends up new, beautifully perforated leaves about every other week. Looks beautiful and never complains; one of my favorite plants!
On Apr 3, 2006, NorCalBrad from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Fifteen years ago, my monstera deliciosa outgrew the small, dark apartment to which I had recently moved, and with some reluctance I put the plant outside, not expecting it to survive.
It thrived. At one point, its aerial roots had extended the entire length of the twelve-foot walkway along which it was planted, and had to be cut back so as not to trip visitors. Despite being potbound, subject to foot traffic, and the occasional victim of objects thrown or dropped from the apartment upstairs, it continued to grow, creating its own microclimate for other plants around it.
It has since gone through several moves, and has always ended up in a semi-sheltered outdoor spot here in the San Francisco Bay Area (zone 9b), where it remains a vital, active plant. I recently went through the difficulty of repotting it (into a tub large enough to bathe in), and can foresee the day when it will outreach, outweigh, and possibly even outlive me.
On Dec 8, 2005, jenonjono from Hillsboro, OR wrote:
HELP! We have a windowleaf that was doing fantastic outside in mostly shade. It's got at least 10 leaves on it. I'm surprised after reading how tropical this plant is that it did so well in the outdoors of Oregon. It did however suffer an unfortunate night outside while we were moving, and it dropped to 27 degrees that night.
ALL the leaves are now burned or dead, however the stems seem solid and are still nice and green. Anyone have suggestions on how to save this plant? It's now indoors at least for the winter and we keep it humid in the attempt to save it. Should I cut off all the dead leaves? Should I attempt to start over with a cutting from it?
On Sep 12, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
Easily hardy to zone 9a. Grows more like a big groundcover in Nor Cal. Fruit in good years ripens to a banana/pineapple syrupy flavor. But a great looking tropical with three foot leaves underused in the bay area. In rich soil the color is almost black green. I have read that this common house plant is now rare in the wild's of Mexico .
I love this plant for the tropical feel it gives the landscape, and for the way it climbs up the trees. So far I haven't had any trouble with it being invasive, in fact, it had a slow start. I have mine going up a large Longleaf pine in eastern exposure, and it seems to like the light level.
Does anybody know how long it takes before fruiting? I have tried the fruit and it is outstanding! About the glassy fibers, the easiest way to avoid them is to wait until the scales fall off by themselves- don't force them no matter how good it is! It takes a little while, but as "scales" pull away from the fruit, slice it at that point, and pull off the little kernels. It's tasty- kind of exotic.
On Apr 22, 2005, TropicalLover21 from Santa Maria, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
I have this plant and I love it. I bought it in a 5 gallon container 2 years ago. I had it inside the house for awhile, until I found a spot outside in the garden for it. Well, I moved it outside right before winter (we get down to about 32 here), and it didn't grow until spring. All throughout winter I thought I killed it, yet the leaves were still green and healthy.
It has done well since then, and the winter months don't seem to affect it. It grows slowly, but it has huge, huge, awesome leaves!! I don't know what to do with it when it starts to out grow its space!!! It's a very pretty plant, and gives a good tropical look outside or inside. I would tell all my friends to buy one, or I would buy one for them!! I really think, if you are going to get one, to get one in a big pot, because the leaves are more deeply cut and more interesting than the ones in the 10" pots offer!!!
On Apr 22, 2005, gabe9198 from Houston, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant does a lot to add texture to a garden with a lot of open space and a lot of shade. Mine has outgrown the 5 feet I orignally gave it. Make sure you're not in a hurry to fill space. Best used a specimen plant with lots of room to grow.
On Oct 3, 2004, monstera from gloucester United Kingdom wrote:
I love this plant. Two large cuttings are growing in my conservatory. The mother plant was rescued from a dustbin 10 years ago and has been producing fruit. This is in Gloucester, in the UK. Anyone know what size pot it will need to allow it to fruit? The mother plant has burrowed into an underground well.
On Mar 30, 2004, tiareman from Melbourne Beach, FL wrote:
Monstera Deliciosa is a really cool plant that really adds the tropical look to its surroundings.
I have been growing this plant outdoors in Melbourne Beach Florida for a few years now. I started them from little plants about 1-2' high. What really gets them growing the big leaves with the big holes is if they feel they have room to expand.. I wouldnt expect the giant leaves if keeping them bound up in a small pot. They will grow a kind of winding "trunk" and it seems that the big leaves come when this trunk is starting to form.
They don't like full sun. Too much sun will pale out the leaves, theyll get yellowy and burns tips. For vigourous healthy growth they need alot of humidity, some shade/filtered light and protection from drying wind.
Cold/dry wind will burn the leaves pretty easily. I've found that a clump exposed to winter winds here in FL will get burnt leaves on all leaves facing outward. Some of the interior leaves will be OK if protected by other leaves. About March, when the dry winter winds have died down, I go through and cut all the burnt leaves off, being careful to leave the stem, which containsthe curled up new leaf. Doing this seems to stimulate the new leaf to emerge. Once the new leaf is out, I can then cut off the remainder of the stem.
They seem pretty easy to propagate- you just lop off a section of "trunk" that has a few leaves and some roots coming off of it, and plant it. Sections from more mature plants will go directly to larger leaves.
They like to be fed and they seem to really like fish emulsion poured over the whole plant. They do well around a pool if under some other plants for shade, as the pool really improves the humidity. This is where my Monstera Deliciosa have done the best and always look the healthiest- dark green leaves that get huge with big holes. (Too little light and the holes arent as prominent)
If in a dry climate I'd recommend keeping an open bowl of water near the plant at all times and spraying the leaves from time to time.
On Feb 27, 2004, mabaccus from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
This plant can be found growing outdoors all over town (Corpus Christi, TX). It grows to monstrous size, both height and width, which is one reason I haven't planted it, though I admire it greatly. I'm told it spreads all over your property, which is the other reason I haven't planted it, but like to look at it!
On Dec 3, 2003, patischell from Fort Pierce, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
This plant grew around the base of a Poinciana tree in my yard in Miami, FL. It grew so fast and large it was necessary to keep it in check with a machete. The stems and leaves were over my head, 5'2". My husband harvested the fruit and ate it to treat his Arthritis. I don't know if this is an accepted treatment, but he said it worked
On Nov 12, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
The fruits must be totally ripe to eat them; until that point, the plant bears oxalate crystals that will bring you the unpleasing sensation of eating razors :^P Anyway, when ripe it smells good and has a taste that resembles Pineapple.
I've started seedlings in a covered tray and have had a high sucess rate. The seeds are placed on top of the soil plugs and are covered with a thin, clear plastic cover (cut sandwich baggies)that keeps the seeds moist and protected from cold air currents when I lift the cover to water them. I keep the soil plugs moist with about 3 shots from a mister on a daily basis. The seed tray is kept at a constant 78°F to 83°F by a regulated warming pad. When the sprouts hit the clear cover, I transplant to small plastic pots with regular potting soil that I also keep moist, but well drained. During this process I have taken pictures of the growth and will post soon.
I hope this helps the people who would like to see the "beginning" of these fascinating plants. It is VERY difficult to find these plants at the stores in Arizona and the more mature plants from large cuttings are rare and expensive. I believe my 8 seeds were about $2.00 through eBay (shipping was extra).
On Jun 12, 2003, teddyJ from Rockhampton Australia wrote:
The fruit of this plant is very palatable and tastes like fruit salad; hence the epithet deliciosa.
The common name for this fruit in our part of Australia is "Fruit Salad". The hexagonal green scales start to lift from the stem end of the fruit when ripe. After picking the fruit, the scales are removed as they come loose. The whitish sections revealed are removed from the central core and are delicious. Care needs to be taken to remove most of the black dust from the white flesh. This dust is quite peppery when eaten.
I am growing a small one from a clipping, the leaves do not yet have windows. It seems very healthy with a lot of water and light. AND it "sweats". Each morning the leaves have water droplets on them. None of my other plants have this.
On Oct 8, 2002, Denko from Østermarie Denmark (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is one of the easiest houseplants - can take a lot of abuse.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mobile, Alabama Glendale, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Tempe, Arizona Bellflower, California Brentwood, California Clayton, California Fallbrook, California Folsom, California Fullerton, California Granite Bay, California Hayward, California Laguna Beach, California Lompoc, California Manhattan Beach, California Merced, California Newport Beach, California Oakland, California Pasadena, California Rancho Cucamonga, California San Clemente, California San Diego, California (2 reports) San Leandro, California Thousand Oaks, California Upland, California Vallejo, California Alva, Florida Bartow, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Campbell, Florida Haverhill, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Jan Phyl Village, Florida Jensen Beach, Florida Madeira Beach, Florida Malabar, Florida Miami, Florida Naples, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Rockledge, Florida Ruskin, Florida Sanford, Florida Seffner, Florida South Daytona, Florida South Venice, Florida Tampa, Florida Titusville, Florida Utopia, Florida Wauchula, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii Honomu, Hawaii Kailua, Hawaii Maalaea, Hawaii Louisville, Kentucky Bordelonville, Louisiana Greenwell Springs, Louisiana Hackberry, Louisiana Madisonville, Louisiana Port Vincent, Louisiana Grand Rapids, Michigan Canton, Mississippi Charlotte, North Carolina Jaars, North Carolina Hillsboro, Oregon Columbia, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Alice, Texas Broaddus, Texas Bryan, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) Muniz, Texas Richmond, Texas Rockport, Texas Rowlett, Texas Shenandoah, Texas Cabin Creek, West Virginia