This week my husband asked me which plant I would choose if I could take one with us on holiday. Without hesitation I answered that it would definitely be my Monstera Deliciosa. I don’t like to pick favourites but yeah, she is currently my favourite.
With my “Meet The Family” series of posts I will be introducing you to my plants and tell you a little bit more about the story behind each plant. I will also attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.
I was keeping an eye out for this plant since the beginning of January but couldn’t really find one. In the first week of January I saw her at Deep Route Gardening after a colleague told me about their store. I was so excited to add her to my plant family as I was seeing these massive Monstera Deliciosa plants all over Instagram and I knew she was a must have. That weekend we went to Deep Route Gardening to pick her up. This was our last stop for the day and I had already bought four plants. There wasn’t any parking so my husband dropped me off and I popped in to buy the last few plants I was looking for.
I picked up the Monstera, a Haworthia and my Lemon Lime Dracaena. I was only there for a few minutes while my husband drove around the block. While I was waiting outside I was balancing my plants in my arms so that I could text him. The Monstera blocked my face as I was propping her against my body. A man approached and with a thick Cork accent he said: “That’s a terrible disguise. You know I can still see you!” At that moment it was so out of the blue I couldn’t stop laughing. I still think about his comment when I see her. One day she might be big enough for me to hide behind her completely.
Since I got her in January she didn’t show any signs of growth but I thought it was just because it was Winter. Then Spring arrived and still no new growth. I decided to check her roots and her soil just to be safe. When I first got her I was still very new with plant care and didn’t know how to repot a plant at all. I mainly potted up my plants as nurseries tend to sell them in smaller pots to save space in stores. I have since learned how to properly repot a plant by cleaning off all the old soil and checking the roots.
She seemed fine but her roots were a bit cramped. I removed all the soil and spaced out the roots in the pot so that she has more space to grow. On the second morning in April I did my daily leaf and plant inspection and found that she started to grow a new leaf! If I remember correctly I might have let out an excited screech. No, I definitely did that. She is really growing so fast and she looks healthy and happy!
With her first leaf I turned into a bit of a helicopter parent and watched it closely every day. It became my daily obsession. When the leaf finally opened up I told her how proud I was.This new leaf is now her biggest and most beautiful leaf. Her second leaf popped out shortly after the first one unfurled. It is also going to be a big one and should be unfurling this week. A few days ago I noticed a third baby leaf!
In terms of plant care I water her when I see the top soil has dried out a bit and I feel it to make sure it is moist but not wet or soggy. She is in a well draining soil mix and in a plastic pot with drainage holes and a tray for the excess water to drain it. I might repot her in a pot with bigger drainage holes as these are quite small but so far that hasn’t been a problem. She is in my plant corner next to the South facing window and gets bright direct light. As it doesn’t get too hot or sunny in Ireland she seems very happy with her lighting conditions so I won’t move her.
I wipe her leaves off every second week or when I notice dust and I mist her in the morning. I only use filtered water to water all my plants as we have a lot of chlorine in our tap water. So far she has been one of my easiest plants to care for and she has brought so much joy to my life.
If you are a new plant parent or if you don’t own a Monstera Deliciosa I suggest you get one. I have seen some great deals in stores and they are magnificent plants. I can highly recommend adding her to your plant family.