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Monstera "Monkey Leaf"

Monstera adansonii

("mon-STIR-rah ad-an-SO-nee-eye")


Monstera 'Monkey leaf', known as Monstera adansonii or Adanson's monstera, is a smaller version of the famous Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa). This plant species has only recently gained popularity as a houseplant having previously been considered tricky to keep. It is quite a fast-growing house plant, with new leaves produced every few weeks. It can be trained around a moss pole to make a climbing plant or allowed to trail over the edge of its pot.

A climbing plant with deep green leaves and distinctive holes in the leaves (which allow wind to pass through the foliage without risking too much damage), this plant spends its life climbing up the trunks and branches of trees in the forests of Central America and the Caribbean.

The leaves are smaller, rounder, thinner and less glossy than Monstera deliciosa.

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Pets & Children

Like most aroids, these plants can be irritating to people and animals if chewed


20-30cm. In the wild, these plants can grow to 5m in length.

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Country of Origin

Northern half of South America, most of Central America and the Caribbean

Habitat Conditions

Monsteras grow in the wet, windy, humid tropics. They are epiphytes, which means that they climb up and on the branches of tall trees to get to brighter conditions away from the forest floor. This means that they like warm temperatures indoors, but can cope with quite gloomy, shaded conditions. Occasional misting of the foliage will be beneficial. This plant will do well in bathrooms (and living rooms if you keep them away from radiators)

Plant Care


Low - medium


Keep the soil moist, but not wet and allow to dry out a little between watering. Wet soil will cause the roots to rot


Leggy stems can be cut back to encourage branching and more bushy growth - always use a sharp knife or secateurs


A weak solution of fertilizer added to the water at each watering will be sufficient

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but mealybugs and two-spotted spider mites can be an occasional problem. Keep the plant misted to deter spider mites, and remove mealybugs when you see them by wiping off with a damp cloth or paper towel.

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