How to care for a Monstera Karstenianum (Peru) - actual botanical

Monstera Karstenianum ('Peru') Care Guide

Monstera Karstenianum 'Peru' care

 

The Monstera Karstenianum or more commonly called Monstera Peru is an unusual variant of the monstera group. It has incredible glossy, thick textured leaves that almost resemble kale or spinach. Except it's not edible at all and should be advised to keep them away from pets & children as it's toxic.

Found in the tropical americas such as Venezuela, where it grows as a Hemi-Epiphyte. That means it will grow shallow roots in the soil, but grow up the trunks of trees where it attaches itself using its aerial roots. As it grows up the tree, those aerial roots will absorb nutrients and moisture from the air and moss growing on the trees. 

The Monster Peru is a vining plant that needs some form of support to grow and attach itself too. This will greatly increase the speed of growth and trigger the plant to grow larger.

light-

bright, indirect light is best as it burns in direct light. Does tolerate lower levels of light. 

 

water-

first, make sure the pot you are using has a drainage hole in the bottom. this will help drain excess water and prevent root rot. The monstera peru seems to prefer its soil being evenly moist but not soggy.  Let the top 1-2" of soil dry in between watering, but never let the soil completely dry out. Make sure to water thoroughly until you see the water coming out of the bottom of the pot.

 

soil-

our monstera peru thrive in quick-draining soil high in organic matter that is slightly acidic. we use a mix of peat moss, coco coir, and perlite. any commercial/store bought soils work just fine. adding coffee grounds seems to be a great alternative if you don't have peat moss available. Simply sprinkle it on the surface and each time you water, it will add acidity and nitrogen to your plant. 

 

humidity-

the Monster Peru comes from the humid jungles of central and South America, so you need to keep humidity levels high, or mist twice a day to prevent leaf tip browning (especially in dry climates). Using a humidifier can be just as effective. 

 

temperature-

temperature can play a key role in the overall health of your monstera. they seem to thrive in room temperatures that range from 70 degrees f and up. they can tolerate 60 degrees and up but might be a little fussy. they do adapt fast to their environment. 

 

common health issues-

a very hardy plant in general with little to no issues at all, there are some issues that are commonly seen indoors listed below. 

over watering:

the most common thing people face with the monstera is that they get brown tips or yellowing of the leaves. this is most likely caused by overwatering.

root rot:

when the leaves start to droop and you notice a fowl sulfur smell coming form the soil, maybe even seeing fungus gnats flying around. this might be the issue. choose a pot that has well draining hole(s) and maintain a constant watering schedule checking the soils moisture weekly. 

pests-

fungus gnats, spider mites, mealy bugs and thrips are probably the most common pest you will encounter. They tend to attack when the plant gets weak or overly stressed out. common signs would be tiny holes, blotchy yellowing of the leaves, and/or fungus gnats flying around.

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