Monstera Obliqua Care Guide
The Monstera Obliqua is a small Monstera that packs a visual punch far beyond its size. This rare tropical houseplant produces large, broad leaves with holes in them that are a lot larger than other Monstera varieties. The effect is a tropical display that has a lot of texture to it. This plant is relatively easy to look after and in this guide we will take you through everything you need to properly care for this beautiful houseplant.
What kind of soil does the Monstera Obliqua need?
Proper soil is key to growing a successful plant. The Monstera Obliqua requires a well-draining soil that retains enough water to keep it hydrated. This Monstera needs a bit more water than other varieties so mixing some Vermiculite or bark into the soil would be advantageous. Coconut coir can also be added to the soil as it helps retain moisture whilst aerating the soil to improve its aeration.
How much water does the Monstera Obliqua need?
The Monstera Obliqua requires a little more water than other Monstera varieties. You should be watering your plant once or twice a week. However you shouldn’t get too stuck on a set routine since the watering requirements of the plant will change throughout the year; less in the winter and more in the summer. The best way to check if the plant needs watering is to insert your finger in the soil to test if the top inch of the soil is dry. When you water your plant only do so until the water begins to seep out of the drainage holes.
Another thing to remember is to always water your Monstera Obliqua with room temperature water. Cold water may cause shock to the roots which will slow down the plant's growth.
How much light does the Monstera Obliqua need?
Like all tropical houseplants, the Monstera Obliqua likes bright, indirect light in order to thrive. Place your plant a few feet away from a bright south or west-facing window. If you cannot place your plant in a location away from direct sunlight make sure to cover your window with a blind or window sticker that can filter the light slightly.
In the winter, or if you are putting your plant in a darker room consider buying a grow light to supplement any lost light.
What temperature should I keep my Monstera Obliqua at?
Tropical houseplants like to be in a warmer environment than some other houseplants. You should keep your Monstera Obliqua between 16 and 20°C. If the temperature dips below this level for too long it’s growth will slow or stop and the plant may eventually die. Try to keep your plant away from cold draughts or heat sources to maintain a constant temperature. A great way to keep an eye on the temperature of your plant is to buy a soil thermometer.
How much Humidity does a Monstera Obliqua need?
The Monstera Obliqua needs a more humid space than most houseplants. Humidity helps to keep the leaves looking glossy and vibrant, but also helps the plant regulate its moisture as it will absorb a lot of it through the leaves and aerial roots.
Mist the leaves of your plant regularly to keep the foliage looking great. You will need to mist your plant every other day to maintain the humidity, so if you want a more hands off approach consider placing the plant on a pebble tray or near a humidifier.
Do I need to fertilize my Monstera Obliqua?
The Monstera Obliqua is a slow-growing variety of Monstera and requires less fertilization than other varieties. During the spring and summer months you should fertilize your plant with small amounts of liquid fertilizer once a fortnight. In the winter, stop fertilizing your plant as it will build up in the soil and cause burns to the root system.