Plant Care Tips: How To Grow Monstera Esqueleto

Plant Care Tips: How To Grow Monstera Esqueleto -- Monstera esqueleto is a lesser-known but equally gorgeous species of monstera. This tropical plant is a unique and highly sought-after monstera with large fenestrated leaves (up to 3 ft long) that is sure to become a precious gem of your houseplant collection. 

While this plant is rare, it is surprisingly easy to care for indoors, as are most monsteras. This is especially true if you have previous experience with other types of aroids (such as philodendrons or pothos), which require similar care. 

Plant Overview


Common Name : Monstera esqueleto 

Botanical Name :  Monstera epipremnoides 

Family : Araceae 

Plant Type : Perennial, vine 

Mature Size : 6+ ft. tall (indoors), 4+ ft. wide (indoors) 

Sun Exposure :  Partial 

Soil Type : Moist but well-drained 

Soil pH : Acidic 

Bloom Time : Spring, summer 

Flower Color : Green, white 

Hardiness Zones : 9-11, USDA 

Native Area : South America 

Toxicity : Toxic to animals, toxic to humans

Plant Care


The following are the minimum needs for cultivating Monstera esqueleto: 

- Choose an area that receives a lot of bright, indirect light. 

- When the top two to three inches of soil have dried out, give it water. 

- For best growth, keep this monstera in a warm setting with above-average humidity. 

- A moss pole will foster profuse growth and huge, deeply fenestrated leaves.



Here's how to propagate the monstera esqueleto in only a few easy steps:

1. Using a sharp, clean pair of pruning shears or scissors, cut a stem from a healthy esqueleto plant with three to five nodes and at least one leaf. 

2. Remove any leaves from the cutting's base to reveal the lower two to three nodes. 

3. Fill a vase or container halfway with fresh water and immerse the cutting, making sure the bottom nodes are submerged and the top leaves are visible above the surface of the water. 

4. Place the cutting in a warm place with bright, indirect light, and change the water once a week. Within a few weeks, you should notice a growth of little white roots. 

5. The plant may be moved to soil after the roots are about an inch long. Plant the cutting in a small container with an arid, well-draining soil mix and water well.

6. Return the newly potted plant to a warm place with strong indirect light for the first week to let the roots adjust to the soil. Then, reduce your watering until you attain a regular watering schedule. 

Potting and Repotting


Monstera esqueleto should be repotted every one to two years, or whenever it outgrows its pot. Growing roots from the drainage holes or circling the inside of the pot are both signs that your plant is ready for a larger container. While repotting is best done in the spring and summer, it may be done successfully at any time of year. 

Choose a new potting container that is just two to four inches larger than the previous one, and renew as much of the soil as you can without disturbing the plant's roots while repotting. To reduce stress, thoroughly water the newly repotted plant and restore it to its original spot. 

Common Pests and Plant Diseases


In addition to being sensitive to root rot if overwatered, the monstera esqueleto is susceptible to a variety of typical houseplant pests. Pests such as fungus gnats, mealybugs, spider mites, and scale will happily take up home in this tropical plant. 

Common Problems


Here are a few common problems to watch out for:

Yellow Leaves 

Yellow leaves are a typical issue with most houseplants, and there are a few possible causes. First, make sure your plant gets enough light. Plants that do not get enough light will begin to sacrifice leaves in order to save energy. Second, make sure your plant gets enough water. Underwatered plants will swiftly produce yellow leaves. Lastly, yellow leaves may be caused by a bug issue. Check your plant for pests on a regular basis to spot any infestations early.

Brown Leaves

Underwatering or a lack of humidity is usually the cause of brown leaves. Brown patches on leaves can sometimes be caused by leaf burn, which happens when the plant is exposed to too much direct sunlight.

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