Before I start my sharing, I would like to ask you one question: Do you have special feelings for any plant in your life?
“There is a species of plant that usually lives in humid tropical forests, under the foliage of large old trees. When the rays of sunlight penetrate the upper leaf layer, it shines directly on the leaf to form small holes in the leaf, making the tree a very distinctive shape.”
That’s what I came up with when I accidentally saw that leaf in a book.
And you know, it’s like I fell in love at first sight of this plant.
This prompted me to learn a lot about it – Monstera plant.
1. What is monstera plant
Monstera deliciosa- that is the complete scientific name of that plant. I think this name is too suitable.
This is member of the arum family Araceae is an epiphyte with aerial roots. It natives to tropical forests of southern Mexico, south to Panama. It has been introduced to many tropical areas, and has become a mildly invasive species in Hawaii, Seychelles, Ascension Island and the Society Islands.
With large, deeply cut leaves and many holes in the leaves, you will recognize this plant as soon as you see it.
For plants grown under ideal conditions, a single leaf can be 1m in diameter (that’s right 1m, very large).
They often climb to host plants with their roots, which can grow up to 20m in the wild – True to its name Monstera – Monster.
One feature that I think many people do not know is that monstera deliciosa fruit has an appearance like corn, has hexagonal scales, contains a lot of oxalic acid. This amount of acid can cause burns and pain when exposed.
However, when the fruit is ripe, the scales will automatically peel off to reveal the white pulp. They taste like banana and pineapple. And it’s also delicious.
In many parts of central America, Monstera deliciosa has become the daily staple of the family.
Now, you can understand why this plant’s named Monstera deliciosa.
2. Unique idea for decorating
If you are a plant lover, loving natural space or just accidentally read through a few articles about interior space, you must have seen this plant used as decoration.
With a very special leaf shape, monstera deliciosa – this jungle monster is often brought into interior space by designers to create highlights.
Nowadays, you can also easily see Monstera deliciosa in many spaces from house, showroom, cafe or office.
With the inspiration about monstera leaves, I also tried to show their beauty through macrame art.
But it is not easy at all to make these leaves in macrame, especially keeping the shape of the leaf.
After many failures, I found the way to keep these leaves in shape by glue and vacuum equipment.
Now, it is easy for us to ship and use. You can find out it as below picture:
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3. How to take care for Monstera deliciosa
It is not too much difficult to take care for this plant. Let’s pay attention to some below requirement:
– Soil: must be rich in organic matter, porous enough, well ventilated, well-drained.
– Light: The plant is suitable for low light, so the tree can grow even in the shade. You can place this plant in house, near the window or in your office.
– Watering: In winter, the soil should be slightly wet. But in the summer, need to spray 2-3 times / week. Leaves should be cleaned with a damp sponge.
– Humidity: Normal room humidity will do, but prefers humid conditions if possible.
– Temperature: 65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C).
– Note: plants grow quickly and rarely encounter pests and diseases. But in very wet or waterlogged soils, plants can experience stem rot disease. The disease usually appears in winter, with high humidity and low temperature. Solution: Reduce watering, increase room temperature and prune damaged yellow leaves.
In addition, My friend tried growing the plant in a glass jar with the roots completely in the water. Unexpectedly, the monstera deliciosa was still growing well.
4. Are monstera plants expensive?
Not all monstera plants have an expensive price. Normal green monstera plants are sold for just from $20 at garden centers.
But with Variegated Monstera Deliciosa, that’s different story.
Many plants with white variegation tend to be more delicate than their green counterparts, and the Variegated Monstera Deliciosa is no exception.
They produce less chlorophyll, and as such photosynthesize a great deal less. Growing them is not only slow but also requires a certain level of skill.
Combine this with incredibly high demand, and you’ve got a rare plant that is going to be tough to find, and if you do find it, it will cost you!
5. Is the monstera plant toxic to cats?
Recently, on some pet forums, many people have been wondering if monstera plants are toxic their cats.
In theory, because monster leaves have insoluble calcium oxalate crystals which are produced by specialised cells known as idioblasts and are a defensive mechanism against herbivory. Many plants contain calcium oxalate crystals which are arranged in bundles known as raphides.
So that if the cats chew on the monstera leaves, the will be toxic with symptoms of exposure include: Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
However, in fact, none of the cats chew on the monstera leaves on their own.
On Reddit forum, one member told that: “I bought a monstera and left it on the floor to see how my cat would act with it. She rubbed her face on it and walked away and has ignored it since, until the day she leaped off a chair and planted (not sorry) squarely onto it. It’s in recovery and she’s still fine”
So that the monster plants are toxic to cats is just in theory. For my opinion, at least the cats have enough intelligence to know which plant to chew.
But if you still worry about this one, you can place the monstera plants on high position where is far away your cats.
TDy Corners has just introduced to you some informations about Monstera plant – a plant is popular and hot trend now.
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