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    How to Grow and Care For Monstera Peru

    blog post authorVera Kutsenko
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    The unique, exotic Monstera Peru (known as Monstera Karstenianum) is going to be one of your new favorite houseplants. Its dark, thick leaves are unlike other monsteras.  Its dark green foliage will stand out because it is unlike other plants. Part of the aroids family, this low-maintenance tropical plant has smaller variegated leaves, unlike the big fenestrated leaves of the Monstera Deliciosa that we all know and love. You can bring this baby home and watch it grow.
    This plant is a fast grower in the right conditions and only needs indirect light—it can grow almost anywhere in your home! You can use a moss pole to help it climb as it would in the rainforest, or you can plant it in a hanging pot and the vines will trail downwards. Monstera Peru will be a perfect addition to your tropical plants' collection.

    What is a Monstera Peru?

    The Monstera Peru is native to the tropical regions of Peru and is also known as Monstera Karstenianum. It’s a tropical vining plant. Because monsteras are tropical plants, they like lots of water and prefer indirect light. There are a couple of well-known monstera plants, including Monstera Deliciosa and Monstera Adansonii.
    The Monstera Peru has leathery leaves about 2 to 5 inches long and dark green leaves. Outdoors, the plant can grow up to 20 feet long. As an indoor plant, the Monstera Peru will be smaller but can grow several feet.
    Do Monstera Peru need support like moss poles?
    Monstera Peru has a vining growth habit, but is a slower grower than other Monstera varieties. As the plant matures, we recommend providing it support through trellises, moss poles, or even wooden planks to encourage proper growth.
    Is Montera Peru a rare houseplant?
    Although it's considered unique, you can easily find Monstera peru at online nurseries like Neverland at accessible prices. Most varieties will range from $15-$50 dollars depending on size. For what we consider to be rare, Monstera Peru is not a rare plant.

    Quick Monstera Peru Care Guide

    Monstera karstenianum
    Monstera Peru
    Araceae
    Beginner
    Perennial, vine
    Slow to moderate
    Bright Indirect Light (4-6 hours)
    Low - 1x a week to bi-weekly
    Well-draining, houseplant soil mix
    Stem Cuttings, Leaf Cuttings, Seed
    Summer
    Hanging Baskets, Trellises, Offices, Shelves, Windowsill
    North or East Facing Windows
    10, 11, 12
    Pothos, Philodendron, Schefflera
    Non-toxic to dogs and cats
    Aphids, Fungus Gnats, Mealybugs, Scale, Spider Mites, Thrips
    Root rot, Yellow leaves, Brown leaves, Leaf drooping, Leaf curling, Leaf dropping
    Botanical Name
    Common Name
    Family
    Difficulty
    Plant Type
    Growth Rate
    Sun Exposure
    Water
    Soil Type
    Propagate
    Bloom Time
    Great For These Spaces
    Window Location (ideal)
    USDA Hardiness Zone
    Companion Plants
    Toxicity
    Pests
    Diseases
    Where to Buy

    Types of Monsteras

    Monstera Deliciosa: Unlike the Monstera Peru, Monstera Deliciosa has very large fenestrated leaves and the vining plant fenestrations are the holes in the leaves. Monstera Deliciosas can grow very large in the right conditions, ideally, bright indirect sunlight (indoors) or part shade (outdoors) but only grows to 3 ft tall. They need a moss pole for support.
    Monstera Adansonii: Also known as the “Swiss cheese” plant, Adanson's Monstera, or five holes plant. It will climb on a moss pole or let the vines hang. It has smaller, narrower leaves, and shorter petioles, and its leaf perforations remain closed.
    Monstera Siltepecana: Also known as the Silver Monstera. Looks similar to Monstera Peru but has silver colored leaves with dark green veins. It can form fenestrations from its mature form.

    How to Care For Monstera Peru

    Monstera Peru in a wooden pot.
    Image Source:GettyImagesMonstera Peru is a tropical climbing plant that prefers high humidity, moderate watering, and bright indirect light to be happy and healthy.
    The Monstera Peru plant is a vining/climbing plant that will grow into a magnificent specimen with some basic plant care.  The plant ideally requires humidity levels of at least 50% and a room temperature between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a moss poll or totem to give the vines the support they need to grow upwards.
    Place your new monstera Peru where it can get a few hours of bright indirect light. Be sure to keep the soil consistently moist by watering when the top inch of soil is dry. This is tricky because most plants die from overwatering.
    Water consistently during the growing season to avoid underwatering but cut back on watering in the winter months. Every two years, you should be repotting the monstera Peru in a bigger pot and with a soil mixture that allows for proper draining.

    💧Water

    The Monstera Peru likes consistently moist soil. But be careful to avoid overwatering as root rot will kill your plant. Be sure your pot has proper drainage holes and water weekly, or bi-weekly when the top inch of soil is dry.
    Keep in mind that your watering frequency will really depend on your climate and how much sun your monstera peru is receiving. If you're in a hot, arid region, we recommend watering your plant more frequently. If your Monstera peru is in a shady area in your house, decrease your watering frequency to ensure that your soil doesn't remain soggy after each watering.
    If you're starting to see your Monstera peru wilt or the leaves turning brown or crispy, this is a sign that your plant needs more water and may be receiving too much direct sunlight. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

    ☀️ Sunlight

    As a tropical plant, the monstera Peru only needs a few hours of bright light conditions each day. In its native environment, Monstera peru grows under the dappled sunlight of jungle canopies. To mimic this indoors, we recommend placing your plant near sources of bright, diffused light.
    When growing indoors, consider placing a few feet away from a South-facing window. You can also place your monstera peru near a west- or east-facing windows that receive bright light for half of the day.
    This plant can tolerate lower light but will grow slower. If placed in an area with direct sunlight, take care that your Monstera Peru doesn't burn.

    🌡️ Temperature and Humidity

    Monstera Peru requires warm, humid temperatures in order to survive—remember it’s a tropical plant from the rainforest region of the Americas! The ideal temperature for these tropical beauties is between 65-81 degrees fahrenheit. Recommended locations to place your plant include the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any place that gets warm and has some humidity.

    As a tropical plant, the monstera Peru will do fine in average room humidity levels with its ideal at least 50% humidity but it can handle even more—it loves humidity! You can use a humidifier or keep your plant in the bathroom where the humidity levels are higher.  Or, you can choose naturally-humid locations in your home such as the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. 

    🌱 Soil

    When potting your monstera Peru, be sure to use well-draining soil. A soil mixture of one-part orchid bark, one-part coco coir, and one-part perlite mix will give the perfect drainage.
    We always recommend planting tropical aroids like Monstera peru in pots with drainage holes. This allows excess moisture to drain away leaving the soil well-aerated. Improper soil that's too heavy can cause a buildup of water which can lead to diseases like root rot.

    🌻 Fertilizer

     Monstera Peru plants only need fertilizing in the summer months. Use a mild, balanced NPK fertilizer that has a good level of magnesium every 3 to 4 weeks during its growing season.
    Fertilizers that contain some nitrogen can also be good for leaf growth, such as a liquid fertilizer with a 5-2-3 NPK ratio. Remember to dilute the fertilizer so it won’t burn the roots. You can also use a slow-release granular fertilizer too.

    ✂️Pruning and Maintenance

    Let's talk about how to prune your Monstera Peru. When cutting and pruning your monstera Peru, you should use sharp shears under the node to propagate. But only trim during its growing season. If your plant’s vines have grown too long for your space, it is great to prune and propagate so it will fit into its home better. Monstera Peru can be a fast grower.
    When the vines are too long, this is a good time to propagate. Prune your plant by cutting below the node. Be sure to prune any dead or yellow leaves off the plant to ensure the plant isn’t wasting resources.

    Growing Monstera Peru Outdoors

    If you live in USDA zones 9b to 11, you can keep the tropical plant outdoors all year round. The ideal climate is USDA hardiness zones 10-12. The growing season for the monstera Peru is spring and summer.
    Be sure to water the plant so its leaves don’t drop. Place your plant in indirect light because the leaves will burn in more than 30 minutes of direct light. These plants are very sensitive to the cold. 
    They don’t do well below 65 degrees Fahrenheit so be sure to bring your plant inside when the temperature falls.

    Propagate From Stem Cuttings or Leaf Cuttings

    Propagation is an easy way to make new plants. With just a few simple steps you can have multiple plants or thicken up your plant.
    Monstera Peru is most easily propagated from stem cuttings. If you want a budget-friendly way to expand your plant collection, propagating is a great way to start new plants! Follow these simple tips to propagate your Monstera Peru.

    01

    Identify the stem where you'll obtain your cutting. You will want each cutting to have 3-4 leaves (or nodes) along the stem to increase the chances of success.

    02

    Use sterilized gardening scissors or shears to cut below a node.

    03

    If there are leaves close to where you pruned, you will want to remove one or two of them. Make sure to leave at least one leaf that's part of the stem cutting.

    04

    You can now propagate this stem cutting via water, LECA, or potting soil. Let's talk through each one
    By Medium
    • Take peat moss and mix it with perlite. You can also use general houseplant soil mix.
    • Place your new stem cutting into your mixture.
    • Water after you top off your propagation container with your medium and keep moist.
    By LECA
    • Wet your LECA and fill your container with wet Leca
    • Put the cutting gently in the LECA
    • Fill your container with water
    • Monitor, refill water, and rinse LECA as necessary
    By Water
    • You can dip your stem cutting into rooting hormone.
    • Fill up a small container with distilled or clean water. Do not use tap water.
    • Place your cutting into water and make sure the leaves remain above the water
    • Place the cutting and container in a location that receives bright diffused light.

    Propagate By Layering

    Propagation by layering can sometimes happen naturally. You might see little nodes start growing from the vines. If you put those nodes in soil, the plant will grow roots from those nodes.
    This method is great for filling out your plant and making it look thicker. You can take a section of vine and place it in the pot where the soil is exposed. Use a u-shaped pin (or a slightly opened bobby pin) to stake the vine in place. The vines will take root and your plant will become thicker with time.
    If you see a node growing on the vine, you can take some potting soil and some cling wrap and make a little soil nest. This will help the node root before you cut it and transplant it to its new home.  

    How to Repot Monstera Peru

    When repotting, choose a pot that is only an inch to an inch and a half bigger than your current pot. Repotting in a pot that is too big can cause root rot and waterlogged soil. It is better to repot during spring or summer and once every two years, even for slow growers.

    01

    Choose the right pot. Make sure the new pot has adequate drainage holes. Be sure your new pot is big enough, but not too big.

    02

    Remove the plant from its current pot. Hold it gently by the stems near the dirt. Tap the bottom of the container to loosen the soil. Gently loosen the roots.

    03

    Add new potting soil to the new pot. Add just enough new well-draining soil to the bottom of the pot to ensure the new plant will sit high enough.

    04

    Add your plant. Fill the rest of the pot with soil that contains perlite, pumice, orchid bark, or other gritty substances to help drain excess water.

    Common Monstera Peru Pests and Diseases

    Image Source:Monstera Peru can be susceptible to common pests like spider mites and fungal diseases like root rot. This is due to improper water and light care.
    To keep your monstera Peru happy and healthy, be sure to pay attention to the signs of an unhappy plant.
    Pests show up in different ways: spider mites that cause yellow or brown spots on the leaves or webs on the leaves; scale are small brown lumps on the stems; mealy bugs that are white, fluffy spots; and fungus gnats that are small gnats that fly around in your room. 
    A natural way to keep pest infestation away is Neem oil. Monitor light conditions because too much sun can burn the leaves and too little light makes them droop. Underwatering can wilt or curl leaves. Overwatering will turn leaves yellow.

    Root Rot

    Root rot can happen when the soil is waterlogged. Be sure there are proper drainage holes and well-draining soil. You will have to cut away the black mushy roots away and replant it. Hopefully, that will save the plant. For more details on the treatment of root rot, read our in-depth root rot guide here.

    Mealybugs

    The most common symptom of mealybugs is a white residue on a plant’s leaves that resembles cotton. This residue is either egg sacs or mealybugs themselves. Other symptoms include sticky residue on leaves called honeydew which is secreted by mealybugs and can attract ants! Mealybugs, like other pests, love to suck the nutrition out of your plant.
    They are able to multiply quickly and create a severe infestation that can overwhelm the plant. If you’re seeing early signs of mealybugs, quarantine your plant so these pests don’t spread over to other houseplants.
    You’ll want to use a solution of one part alcohol to three parts water with some dish soap (no bleach) to wash down the entire plant. Let the plant sit a few days and repeat the process until the infestation is gone.
    You can also use neem oil or insecticidal soap on the plant.

    Spider Mites

    Spider mites are ectoparasitic arthropods that feed on plants. They prefer hot weather along with dry conditions, and they feed on a wide range of plants. Spider mites can be red, yellow or orange, depending on species. They are tiny, but they can be seen with the naked eye.Spider mites attack plants through their leaves, sucking the nutrients out of them. They leave stalks behind as they feed. While feeding, spider mites create webbing, and drain the life from plants causing leaves on infested plants to turn yellow and brown. They can cover and kill an entire plant within a week or two if left uncontrolled in your garden.
    If this is your first time managing spider mites, read our in-depth guide on how to get rid of spider mites on indoor plants.

    How to spot a spider mite infestation on my Monstera Peru?
    Spider mite damage is different from that of cutting insects. There won’t be a hole in a leaf, but rather large discolored areas made up of tiny dots or stippling. You may notice that your plant leaves are covered in a web-like substance as previously stated or you may notice small specks on the leaves, or if the infestation has gone further you might see leaves or whole portions of your plant start to curl and wither.
    If you can spot a pest, you can manually remove them. Then, you can use an insecticide until the pests are gone and symptoms subsided. If your plant is suffering fun a fungus infection, trim away infected leaves and replant in fresh soil.
    Why is My Monstera Peru dropping leaves?
    This may be a sign of overwatering. Be sure the soil is draining well and only water when the top inch of soil is dry. Yellow leaves might also mean the plant isn’t getting enough sun. Be sure there are at least two hours of bright indirect sun. Be sure to trim the yellowing leaves as part of its treatment as well as any old-looking leaves to encourage new growth.
    Why are my Monstera Peru leaves thinning?
    This may be a sign that your plant needs more light. Remember low light doesn’t mean any light.

    5 Care Tips For Monstera Peru

    Here are five care tips that will help you with plant care for your Monstera Peru.
    • Find the perfect spot! Monstera Peru needs a few hours of bright, indirect light. Too much direct light will burn the leaves.
    • Get a watering routine. Depending on your climate, humidity, and amount of sun the soil will dry out slower or faster. Once you know how quickly the soil dries, water weekly or bi-weekly to keep the soil consistently moist.
    • Get a moss pole, trellis, or hanging pot. This vining plant loves to climb, so give it something to climb its little heart out.
    •  Make sure to have the right soil. A well-draining potting soil is key to plant health and longevity. Don’t let your monstera Peru get waterlogged. Good plant care goes a long way.
    • Prune and propagate! When this fast grower outgrows the moss pole or the hanging pot, prune below the node and propagate for more plant friends.

    Where to buy Monstera Peru?
    The rare monstera plants, such as the Monstera Adansonii and the Monstera Peru, will be sure to stand out among your other plants with their unique dark green leathery leaves and totem shape.
    It will be sure to wow friends and family. With the right potting soil and light conditions, watch your monstera Peru thrive and become your new favorite, low-maintenance houseplant. Not sure where to buy a monstera Peru plant? Check out Neverland for all your plant needs.
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    FAQs on Monstera Peru


    Why is my Monstera Peru turning yellow?
    This could be from overwatering, or your plant isn’t getting enough light.
    How to root a Monstera Peru?
    Take a cutting below the node. An amazingly simple way to root a cutting is to put it in water on a container in the windowsill.
    Where does Monstera Peru grow?
     This plant is native to Peru. It is tropical and likes warm temperatures and high humidity.
    What type of plant is a Monstera Peru?
     The Monstera Peru is a vining variety of monstera that is dark green but does not have fenestration on the leaves.