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Monstera houseplants have been growing in popularity due to their unique look. The genus is named after the Latin word for "monstrous" or "abnormal" and refers to the unusual leaves with natural holes that some members of the genus have. This is also where it gets the name “Swiss Cheese Plant” as some varieties have holes in their large leaves. There are two different species of monstera houseplants, Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii. Monstera adansonii has longer, tapering leaves, and closed leaf holes. Monstera deliciosa leaf holes grow toward the edge and open up as they age. A relative of the philodendron and pothos, this houseplant also likes to climb.
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Light: These plants are native to tropical rainforests from southern Mexico to Panama so they like a warm, humid environment. Although they prefer indirect light they can take higher light levels as they age.

Temperature: Monsteras grow best in temperatures from 70°-85°F. During the cooler months when the temperatures fall below 65°F the plants will grow more slowly and fertilization rates need to be reduced.

Soil: Make sure your pot has drainage holes and use good quality potting soil that drains easily. Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering for these jungle beauties. On a scale of 1-5, moisture levels should remain as close to a 3 as possible. Humidity should remain between 70-80%.

These plants can be mildly toxic to humans and toxic to pets.