May 10 , 2020
My own Monstera siltepecana has been misbehaving until recently. After a year of easy growth bar the occasional mealybug, it suddenly took a turn for the worse so I popped it outside on my (undercover & shaded) balcony so another cuter plant could take its prized window spot and look who decided to show me up! To be fair, I know what I did wrong - I under watered it and it dried out for a bit.
Anyway, that little spat aside, here’s some care tips:
Light: Bright to medium light - within a metre of a window
Watering: Allow it to mostly dry between waterings but not entirely
Growth style: Like other vine plants, they are fast growers and benefit from having something to hold on to (OMG don’t we all). Like a moss pole, or something they can climb. I like to wrap mine up and down the pole for a bushy look. Give them well draining soil - adding about 20% to 30% perlite into your standard premium potting mix will do the trick. Be prepared for some very fast growth on these - when they have a growth spurt, they take off.
Here's a great example of how they can look trained to grow around a trellis!
Propagation: They propagate from stem cuttings very easily. Just snip below a node, place in water and wait a few weeks and it’s that easy. Fast to root, easy to transplant to soil. This plant is made for propagating given its growth rate!
Pests: Kind of pest resistant although won’t resist the occasional visit from mealybugs
Toxicity: Toxic to pets