Monstera Deliciosa is indigenous to the tropical forest of Central America. It got its name due to the unique style of its leaves.
This evergreen and easy to grow houseplant is a favorite of many interior designers. When it flowers, the blooms are arum-like with the 10-inch spadix enveloped by a thick white spathe.
How to Water Monstera Deliciosa?
Water when an inch or two of topsoil becomes almost dry. Water about once a week. Water your Monstera Deliciosa slowly but deeply using an overhead or bottom watering approach. Let your Monstera almost dry out between waterings. You should try to avoid overwatering and underwatering as both can have detrimental effects on the plant’s health.
Time of Watering
Water Monstera Deliciosa every 1-2 weeks, letting the soil dry out between waterings. Presume to water more often in bright light compared to lower light conditions.
Water your Monstera Deliciosa in the morning and not in the evening when it needs time to rest.
If you water it at night, the excess water will dry out slowly, and the soil remains wet for a long time.
Amount of Water
Give your Monstera Deliciosa a cup or two of water, and it’ll perk right back up. Add water until it starts flowing through the drainage holes. This amount is just the perfect guide for beginners but just a general rule of thumb of course.
Doing this will ensure that you neither under- nor overwater your plant. Overwatering or underwatering your plant leads to many problems such as yellow or brown leaves as well as root rot (overwatering).
Water According to the Substrate
If your substrate is dense, then water less frequently. Watering more than required will lead to soggy soil and root rot since roots will suffocate and lose their ability to absorb water due to a lack of oxygen.
When you use an airy aroid soil mix, it is safe to water your plant as much as you want.
In this type of soil, the water drains quickly, and the soil does not remain soggy or wet for a very long time.
So it is fair to conclude that watering is very much dependent on the soil mix you use. There is not much you can do wrong in terms of watering your Monstera deliciosa if you use an airy aroid mix.
Type of Water
Tap water as mentioned is fine as well, but it contains certain salts that can be harmful to plants in general and it will lead to salt buildup over time. If you use tap water, leave it for 24 hours for chlorine and fluorides to dissipate.
Another safe choice of water can be rainwater as it too has almost no contaminants.
Distilled water on the other hand has 0 impurities but also does not carry any nutrients. That is something to take into consideration. Adding nutrients through fertilization is key here.
Ways to Water your Monstera Deliciosa
There are two methods to water your Deliciosa plant:
Overhead watering is a method in which you water your Monstera Deliciosa from the top. You can use different tools to water it this way.
You can use a pipe, hose, or watering can to water your plant from the top. It allows you to wash the leaves of the Monstera. Monstera leaves collect dust over time. It also is a quicker way to deliver moisture to your foliage.
Bottom watering is a method of watering a Monstera Deliciosa from the bottom up. When you water your plant from the bottom up, its roots get more robust because they’re continuously spreading directly down toward the moisture.
To do this, fill a container with water and place your pot in it. After 10 minutes, check if your plant has absorbed enough water. If not, place it in the water bath for another 10 minutes.
Care While Watering a Monstera Deliciosa
It is essential to take care of a few things while you water your Monstera Deliciosa. Water your plant excessively only if you have drainage holes under your pot.
Always evaluate your Monstera Deliciosas’ watering needs first before providing it a drink.
To examine if your plant needs water, poke your finger in the soil and see if the top 1-2 inches (2.5cm – 5cm) of soil are almost dry to the touch.
Make sure that you water less in winter as Monstera Deliciosa will not grow less in autumn and winter and will therefore need less water.
The right place to water your Monstera Deliciosa is in a shaded position outside or in the shower.
The Monstera Deliciosa is quite forgiving and will not die if you forget to water it once or twice.
Tips Watering a Monstera Deliciosa
- Keep an eye on the soil condition of your Monstera Deliciosa to know when to water.
- Very carefully test the soil with a stick. The soil appears to be dry from the top but might be damp under the surface. Likewise, the soil wet from the top can be bone dry deep inside.
- If you notice wilted or droopy leaves and the soil is very dry water your plant slowly as this is a sign of underwatering.
- Another clue to know if you are not watering your plant right is to notice yellow leaves. Usually, an overwatered Monstera plant will show you this sign.
- When the leaves are dry and begin to drop, you water your Monstera Deliciosa.
- The color of the plants-soil can also help you give an indication regarding water. Generally, the soil that is wet looks darker than dry soil. Hence this can also guide you on when to water your plant.
- Lastly, you know if your plant needs water by checking the weight of your plant. Simply pick up your pot if it feels heavy, then it has enough water. If it weighs lighter than it used to be, it is time to water your plant.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I tell if my Monstera Deliciosa desires water?
There are specific indications that will help you detect your plant’s water needs. Leaves that start to curl, droop or crisp at the edges are common signs that your Monstera Deliciosa plant needs water.
How frequently do you need to water a Monstera Deliciosa?
Water your Monstera Deliciosa every 1-2 weeks only when the top few inches of the soil almost dry out. Water more in spring and summer and less in autumn and winter.
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