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The Way to Train Your Monstera

All plant lovers love Monstera deliciosa aka cheese factory. Their giant, lush, shiny and perforated leaves add a tropical feel to any room. The cheese plant can grow very tall under the right conditions, up to 20 feet. In its natural habitat, it “climbs” with its leathery aerial roots on tree trunks and branches for support. These aerial roots not only provide a powerful anchor, but also absorb nutrients and water from the environment. The perforated sheets are designed to help the cheese factory withstand strong winds. Young leaves may be non-perforated, but as they mature, they develop the split leaf pattern that we all love.

In addition to the beautiful lush leaves, the aerial roots are the peculiarity of this plant. As a houseplant, these aerial roots can be left as is, poured on the ground, pushed into the ground or tied to a pole. Attaching the aerial roots and the stem to a pole for support not only allows the plant to climb, but also contributes to the health of the plant, since its natural habitat conditions are given.

Staking:

Monstera support can be done in different ways. You can buy support poles online or at your local garden store (couldn’t find any). You can also try to make one – which I did. If you support the plant, whatever you want to tie it to should have properties that mimic a tree trunk. The popular support is foam sticks. I used coconut instead, because I couldn’t find bulk sphagnum moss to buy and using these small packages would have cost too much to cover the stems.

Materials Used:

1.Bamboo sticks from Dollar Store : You can also use PVC pipes if available. The advantage of using a PVC pipe is that it does not rot. In addition, the best time to plant the plant is repotting, as it is difficult to grow the stems in soil filled with plant roots. I used 2 bamboo sticks.

2.Coconut : I’ve been looking everywhere for loose coconut to sell – no luck. In the end, I left coconut fibers in a children’s room for free. I also bought some coconut food in the hope of using it to wrap the batteries. However, the loose coconut was just the right amount, so I didn’t use the liners.

Making the stake:

Very simple-cut the coconut fibers and wrap them around the stick with twine or other strong cord that you have at hand. That’s it. Make sure that the part of the stake that is in the ground remains free. Place the stake in the new pot and place the Earth around it to keep the stake upright. Then place the plant in the new pot and carefully attach the stem to the stake as much as possible.

You need to be careful when taking the Monstera plant from your old pot into the new pot. I health-issue a few petioles during this whole repotting process. This is because I had a hard time removing the root of the plant from the pot. I suggest putting the plant in a plastic pot before putting it in a decorative pot. This way, if you need to repot in the future, it would be much easier to remove.

Voila! Everything is done. I cut off the aerial roots a little and drove them a little into the earth. Some I tried to wrap around the pole, and the rest I just left lying around. Spray the coconut regularly (because it dries faster than the foam). This encourages the aerial roots to attach to the coconut fiber, which promotes vertical growth.

Monstera can be grown in light shade or in bright filtered light. Protect from direct sunlight, except perhaps in winter (with caution). Water when the upper third of the soil dries out. And remember-repotting Monstera means a huge Monstera, so if you don’t have the space, limit the frequency of repotting.

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