Types of Monstera to Keep Indoors
Monstera plants are a common favorite when it comes to keeping house plants. Monstera are a genus of over 40 species of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and have found their way around the world for their stunning variety of shapes, colors, sizes and fenestration.
Originating in a warm tropical rain-forests it should not be a surprise that these plants thrive in warm, humid environments with indirect light. These characteristics make monstera plants ideal to keep in indoors as this allows you to mimic their native environment relatively easily.
We’ve come up with a quick list of different types of monstera that will thrive in an indoor environment. Whether you’re a new indoor plant mum (or dad) and are looking for the perfect monstera deliciosa to start your plant hoard or something a little more elusive like a Monstera Siltepecana, we will have a monstera for you.
If you haven’t heard of monsetera deliciosa by now you might want to turn around cause you’re on the wrong site, this site is for plant addicts. Many people will say they fell in love with indoor plants as soon as they laid eyes on their first monstera deliciosa. With it’s large bright green foliage with plenty of fenestration what is there not to love about it?
The monstera deliciosa is the most common species of monstera at the moment with local nurseries and garden centers around the world littered with them. Easy to grow and care for, this monstera proves a popular choice for plant keepers of all experience levels and makes an excellent indoor plant for beginners.
Your monstera deliciosa will thrive in an house environment as they prefer bright indirect light and temperatures between 68-86˚F (20-30˚C). They also prefer medium to high humidity levels, making bathrooms a perfect location for this plant.
Monstera Deliciosa Quick Overview
|Full Size||8 foot high|
|Light||Bright indirect light|
For more information on caring for monstera deliciosa make sure to check out our care guide here. Also make sure to check out our guide to the most common monstera deliciosa diseases and pests.
The mini monstera (Raphidophora Tetrasperma) are another great choice when it comes to indoor monstera varieties. This monstera boasts beautiful deep green, small hole filled leaves that will make an excellent addition to any indoor jungle. You will find that these are not as common as the deliciosa, however you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one locally.
The mini monstera grows differently to it’s larger monstera deliciosa cousin. This monstera loves to climb and is commonly used to trellis around all shapes and sizes. This monstera is also fast growing, capable of growing up to 6 to 12 feet in a season under the right conditions and will branch out in every direction.
Keeping mini monstera indoors is easy to care for indoors with them preferring bright indirect light and medium to high humidity as well. They also have a fairly large temperature tolerance of 55-95˚F (12-35˚C) which allows them to be happy in most rooms of any house.
Mini Monstera Quick Overview
|Full Size||6-12 feet in a season|
For more information on caring for mini monstera make sure to check out our care guide here.
Monstera Siltepecana are a rarer variety of monstera that can prove difficult to find. But if you can get your hands on one of these I definitely recommend doing so as you will not be disappointed. With long (up to 5 inches) deep dark green leaves and silver patterning, this plant is the monstera equivalent to the pothos silver satin.
The Monstera Siltepecana is another climbing variety of monstera, so it will definitely appreciate being given a moss pole or trellis to attach itself to. This indoor plant can also be grown in hanging baskets or even terrariums and is super easy to propagate.
These indoor plants are also easy to grow and care for making them suitable for plant lovers of all skill levels. They will take nicely to rooms with high humidity and bright indirect light. Maintaining a temperature range of 50˚F-95˚F (10˚C-35˚C) will see you the best results so a nice warm spot in a bathroom or kitchen is ideal.
Monstera Siltepecana Quick Care Overview
|Leaf Size||2-3 inches long|
2 inches wide
For more information on caring for monstera siltepecana make sure to check out our care guide here.
The monstera adansonii is another must have for any indoor plant collection. Popular among collectors this monstera does not disappoint with its fenestration and vibrant foliage. This plant should be relatively easy to find at a local nursery or garden center and are becoming increasingly popular.
This stunning plant is extremely versatile and can grown in hanging baskets or encouraged to climb up poles and trellises. This plant will require some pruning though as mature plants can reach 10-20 meters!
This monsetra loves humidity and will thrive in a high humidity environment such as a bathroom or kept inside a greenhouse. Bright indirect light is best for these plants as well as a temperature of 60-80˚F (15-26˚C). These monstera have similar care requirements to the previously mentioned varieties and will do well kept together.
Monstera Adansonii Quick Overview
|Full Size||10-20 metres|
For more information on caring for monstera adansonii make sure to check out our care guide here.
Thai Constellation Monstera
The Thai Constellation Monstera is the wet dream of monsteras for most indoor plant lovers. If you can find one you can afford without needing a reverse mortgage on your house, go for it! Okay I might be exaggerating a little, but these are the most expensive monstera on our list with most small plants or cuttings starting above $150 each.
The thai constellation monstera is a beautiful plant and can boast some amazing variegation and patterns. This monstera is the star of any indoor plant collection and is on everyone’s plant wish list. Being a variety of the monstera deliciosa these plants will grow very similarly and require very similar conditions.
If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, they will need bright indirect light and medium to high humidity. 68-86˚F (20-30˚C) is the ideal temperature range for keeping thai constellations and will allow for best growth.
Due to their slightly more difficult care requirements and expensive cost, I do not recommend this plant for beginners. So wait until you have some experience caring for indoor plants and have a feel for the hobby and plants individual needs.
Thai Constellation Quick Overview
|Full Size||8 foot high|
|Light||Bright indirect light|
For more information on caring for thai constellation monstera make sure to check out our care guide here.