The Most Helpful Monstera Peru Growing Guide

By Last Updated: October 17th, 2023Categories: Gardening

Monstera Peru also known as Monstera Karstenianum is a very rare plant. It has a rubber texture and it almost looks like a synthetic plant.

It is a Hemiepiphytic vine, which means it can creep and climb walls. This specific feature makes monstera peru a perfect house plant. It adds vibrance and a fresh atmosphere to the home.

Now, you might be planning on having one but don’t know how to properly take care of it, don’t worry we will show you how.

Facts about Monstera Peru

Facts about Monstera Peru

Before purchasing your first Monstera Peru, here are some important facts you should know. These facts will guide you on how to deal with Monstera Peru, and of course, learn more about it.

  • It is considered the love child of Monstera and a succulent.
  • The leaves are wide and round. It has glossy, deep green, thick and stiff leaves. It also has a dragon-scale texture.
  • It can grow from 6 to 8 feet, depending on the growing conditions. So you might want to prepare larger pots as it grows.
  • They can creep on poles and walls. Better prepare a pole beside the for your plant to creep.
  • Store in a high place and keep away from pets, as it is toxic when ingested.

Now that we are done discussing the facts, it’s now time to learn the proper monstera peru care.

Monstera Peru Care Tips

After buying your first Monstera Peru plant, here are some care tips you should follow. These will help your plants grow bigger and not die.

How much Light does Monstera Peru Need?

In its natural habitat, Monstera Peru doesn’t get that much sunlight due to tall trees blocking it. That is why it developed a habit of creeping to higher levels to get enough sunlight.

Now if you’re keeping one at home, you should remember that Monstera Peru can be sensitive to direct sunlight. And not much exposure to the sun can also make the leaves become sparse.

How much Light does Monstera Peru Need

What you need to do is to acclimate your plant gradually to prevent it from burning. Or you can place it next to a north-facing window, or beside a filtered window where there’s not much sunlight that can penetrate.

You can only expose Monstera Peru to direct sunlight for 30 minutes, that’s it. Or else the leaves will dry out and the soil will lose its moisture.

What is the Ideal Humidity/Temperature for Monstera Peru?

Monstera Peru is a tropical plant, which means that it will be fine at an average room temperature, maybe around 15 °C/59 °F.

One of my friends uses a humidifier to increase the humidity in her room to keep her Monstera Peru growing. And I can say that it was working, her plant looks healthy.

How to Water Monstera Peru?

The amount of water your Monstera Peru needs depends on how long it was exposed to the sun. Apart from that, you also have to consider the temperature, the soil moisture, and even the pot material. You must keep it slightly moist and not wet.

Now, if all of those requirements are confusing to you, don’t worry, there’s an easy solution. You can use a soil moisture indicator. This tool will tell you if your plant needs water or not. Pretty cool right?

How to Water Monstera Peru

You may just also use your finger by gauging the weight of the planter. If the soil is still damp or the pot feels heavy, you will need to wait a little longer before watering Monstera Karstenianum.

If you planted the Monstera Peru in a plastic pot, you may need to water it less. This is because the substrate remains more humid.

How to Fertilize Monstera Peru?

Monstera Peru only needs to be fertilized during the growing season. Do not put fertilizers during winter, this will damage and eventually kill your plant.

Use a slow-release granular fertilizer with a balanced NPK with a good level of magnesium. It’s pretty good for plants like this one and prevents them from infestation.

Final Thoughts

Plants are like pets. You have to care for them, feed them, and make sure they are okay. Having a plant is a responsibility, so don’t get one just because you’re hopping on a trend. You have to make sure that if you decide to have a plant you can take responsibility for taking care of it.

FAQs

While yellowing Monstera plant leaves can be removed to preserve the beauty of the plant, care must be taken if pruning is done to the rest of the plant. Occasional cutting may be needed to keep the plant’s size and shape.

There are a few reasons for that;

  • Overwatering – This can cause root rot and that will eventually affect the leaves.
  • Not exposed to light – Sunlight serves as a vitamin and is a part of a plant’s life cycle. Not receiving enough light will most likely result in yellow leaves and after some time the plant will eventually die.
  • Pests – Bugs and pests suck out a plant’s nutrients.
  • Natural life cycle – Some plants get yellow leaves as a part of their life cycle. The leaves will start to yellow and then fall out a couple of days later.  After that new leaves will emerge.