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Monstera pinnatipartita is a stunning epiphytic plant native to the tropical rainforests of Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. This eye-catching plant is actually fairly simple to care for and perfect for intermediate houseplant parents and monstera lovers. In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to care for Monstera pinnatipartita.
Monstera Pinnatipartita Care Guide
If you’ve cared for another aroid, monstera, or even a tropical plant, you already have a lot of the know-how required to raise a happy Monstera pinnatipartita!
As an epiphyte that likes to grow on other trees, this plant requires a light, chunky, well-aerated soil with lots of air pockets. Make sure to include some rich, nutrient-dense organic material like compost or coco coir with plenty of aerating ingredients like vermiculite or orchid bark.
If you like to make your own potting mixes, we love this DIY aroid soil recipe from Kaylee Ellen on YouTube.
If you don’t feel like making your own and you want a potting soil that’s ready to go right out of the bag, we recommend our Premium Monstera Potting Soil which was created specifically for monstera plants. It has the perfect balance of drainage and moisture retention for monstera, packs a nutritional punch, and has the ideal neutral pH level for monstera and other aroids.
These rainforest plants are accustomed to dappled sunlight under the forest canopy. Your Monstera pinnatipartita will do best with bright, indirect sunlight from an east-facing window. You can also try a south- or west-facing window, but make sure to place the plant far away enough so it gets lots of bright light—but no direct light in the middle of the day or afternoon when the sun is most severe.
A north-facing window might not provide enough light for your Monstera pinnatipartita to thrive, but you can supplement with a full-spectrum grow light. (We like these grow bulbs that you can just screw into regular light fixtures.) If you decide to go the grow light route, make sure to give your plants at least 8 hours of this bright light per day.
The key here is evenly moist, but not soaked, soil.
We suggest watering when the top few inches of soil feel dry to the touch or when a moisture meter reads 3-4. (We highly recommend using a moisture meter, by the way, because it can give you a much more accurate idea of what’s going on deeper in the pot. If your soil isn’t aerated, it’s entirely possible your plant’s root ball is soaked while the surface of the soil is completely dried out!)
Your monstera’s water needs can change depending on the season, how much light it’s getting, whether it’s actively growing or not, and its temperature and humidity conditions. This is why it’s important to check your plant’s soil to make sure it actually needs water instead of watering on a schedule.
When your plant does want a drink, you can top water by adding water to the soil until it starts to run out the bottom, or bottom water by placing the whole pot in a container of water and letting it soak up through the drainage hole. (More on bottom watering monsteras here.)
As rainforest a plant, Monstera pinnatipartita is happiest in warm temperatures ranging from 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything under 60 degrees is too cold for monsteras and may cause the plant to droop and possibly kill off some leaves.
Also, keep your plant far away from drafts that can freeze the leaves or heaters that can scorch them!
Those delicate leaves will dry out quickly in arid conditions!
Your Monstera pinnatipartita will thrive in humidity levels above 50%, but 60% is ideal if you can manage it.
If you live in a dry climate or use a lot of indoor climate control, you will probably want to take some efforts to raise the ambient humidity around your monstera. You can set up a humidifier nearby or place the plant on a humidity tray. Grouping plants together can also raise local humidity levels thanks to their collective respiration. A steamy, bright bathroom is also a great place for tropical plants if you have the room!
Finally, watch out for air conditioning or heating vents that can blast dry air on your plant, as these can turn the leaves to a crisp if you place your plant too close to them!
Use a gentle liquid fertilizer regularly during the spring and summer when your monstera is most likely to be actively growing. You can take a break during the fall and winter, but lots of plant owners find that their plants tend to grow in spurts year-round rather than steadily during a certain season. If this is the case, you may want to fertilize once a month or so in the colder months to support these growth spurts.
We recommend our Monstera Plant Food because it’s specifically formulated for monstera varieties.
Monstera pinnatipartita grows fairly quickly, so plan on repotting your plant every year or so. (It’s best to do this in the spring when your plant is gearing up for a growth spurt and should recover from root shock more quickly!)
Choose a pot with drainage holes that is about 2-3 inches larger than your monstera’s root ball. This usually just means going up one size.
Read our guide on repotting monsteras here.
Step-by-Step Guide to Propagation
Like other monstera varieties, Monstera pinnatipartita propagates fairly readily from cuttings and air layering.
How to Propagate in Soil
To propagate a cutting in soil, start by taking a good cutting. Locate a healthy section with a young leaf or two and at least one node (these will look like little bumps on the opposite side of the stem from a leaf). Use a pair of sharp, sterilized shears to take your cutting about a half inch below the node so your cutting contains it and the healthy leaves.
Then make a 50/50 blend of perlite and damp sphaghnum moss and put in a pot. Bury the cut end of the cutting in the moss mixture. Place the pot in a bright place (but out of direct sunlight) and keep the moss moist. You can also add a little Propagation Promoter to the water to help your cutting take root and prevent infection.
Your cutting should start to grow roots within a few weeks and be ready for regular potting mix or Premium Monstera Potting Soil in about two months.
How to Propagate in Water
To propagate in water, take your cutting and place in a clear glass container of clean water and Propagation Promoter. The cut end should be submerged, but don’t let the leaves touch the water. Change the water each week and watch for roots. Once the roots are at least an inch long (this should take about 8 weeks), you can plant the cutting in soil.
How to Air Layer Your Monstera
To air layer, you’ll need shears, sphagnum moss, plastic wrap, and string or twist ties. (Optional: Propagation Promoter)
First, find the section of the monstera that you want to propagate. It should include at least one healthy leaf and a node. Using sterilized shears, make a small cut in the stem near the node, no more than ¼ of the way through the stem.
If using Propagation Promoter, use a cotton ball to dab some on the wound.
Wet the sphagnum moss and wring it out so it’s just damp. Wrap the moss around the wound on the stem, then wrap the moss in the plastic wrap. Then loosely secure the whole bundle with the string or twist ties.
With a spray bottle, rewet the moss when necessary, but don’t soak it. Within a few months, you should see roots growing near the cut. When the roots are at least an inch long, you can cut below them and plant the whole cutting.
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