Monstera Siltepecana Care Basics
Monstera siltepecana is a very easy to care for aroid. It starts with the basics of soil, water and light.
Monstera Siltepecana Soil Mix
If you are new to aroids, you’ll want to find a good soil mix that works for you. I use various soil and non-soil mixes. What’s going to be the most important is to make sure that your soil, whatever mix you’re using, is well draining. The biggest killer to house plants isn’t under-watering plants, but overwatering them. The easiest way to avoid overwatering your plants is to make sure that the soil isn’t retaining the water for too long.
Monstera siltepecana is an epiphyte. Basically, it grows on another plant and doesn’t actually need soil.
Monstera Siltepecana Watering Needs
If you checked off well draining soil, then figuring out your plants water needs is going to be important. Figuring out how much water your monstera will need will be based on a lot of things, time of year, temperatures, the amount of sunlight they receive and more. The best way to determine when your plant should be watered is by putting a finger in the soil and determining if the soil is dry or moist. If it’s moist, leave it alone, but if it’s dry, then give it a good soak till water drains from the bottom of the pot.
Remember, all your plants need a drainage hole. Some people will recommended putting rocks or other fillers at the base, but I do not recommend this.
Monstera Siltepecana Light Requirements
Since Monstera Siltepecana is a canopy plant, it does fine in medium light. It can tolerate low light, but it will not thrive. However, if you’re looking for your leaves to grow larger and mature, you’ll want bright indirect light for your plant. Growing your plant in a high light condition will require more watering. However, if you are placing it in front of bright lights, it will grow fast and if you want the leaves to mature you’ll need it to climb onto something.
How To Grow Mature Leaves
If you’ve got your monstera siltepecana in a well draining soil, have the watering schedule down and are giving your plant bright indirect light then you’ll just need to accomplish a few more things to grow mature foliage on your monstera. First off, the plant will need something to climb on. This can be a board, a pole, a branch, or anything you can attach it on. Next step is to make sure wherever the aerials roots are grabbing onto can be fed. In order for the aerial roots to grab onto the thing it’s growing on, it will need plenty of humidity. Once you are able to provide the humidity needs, the aerial roots will grab and will be able to feed the subsequent leaf to help it get more mature. I recommend using something that you can attach moss onto for the aerial roots to grab and feed from.
Good luck with growing your monstera siltepecana into a true monster!