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Monstera Borsigiana is a tropical plant that looks a lot like the popular Monstera Delicioso. These plants are quite similar in a lot of ways and you will find the plant care is almost identical to the Monstera Delicioso.
Here are the main things to know when caring for a Monstera Borsigiana.
- Water. Keep your Monstera Borsigiana soil moist and never let it dry out completely.
- Light. Monstera Borsigiana need bright indirect sunlight. These plants should not take direct sunlight as this can burn the foliage.
- Fertilizer. Monstera’s are heavy feeders and thrive with regular feedings. Something like a diluted NPK ratio of 20-20-20 would work or non-diluted 2-2-2-.
- Humidity. Monstera Borsigiana are tropical houseplants but can acclimate to regular household humidity. My Monstera’s are thriving in 30% humidity.
Monstera Borsigiana thrive in the home with these care tips.
Monstera Borsigiana thrive in bright indirect sunlight. When this plant gets adequate sunlight, you will notice not only faster growth, but larger leaves. This plant would do great in a room getting south facing sun exposure, but make sure not to ever let the plant sit in direct sunlight.
If you place your plant right next to a window, use a sheer curtain to block some of the direct sunlight so it doesn’t scorch the foliage.
You can also use plant grow lights to give your Monstera Borsigiana the sun it desires. I use T5 Barrina grow lights and use these for 75% of my plants. I have the lights on timers so they turn on automatically from 7AM-8PM daily.
Monstera Borsigiana want water when the top 3 inches of the soil dry out. This is a pretty hardy plant but the soil should never dry out completely. Since this plant is more susceptible to root rot, you may want to use a chunkier soil mix in order to create aeration in the soil.
To make watering easier, use the finger method of placing your finger all the way in the soil. If the soil feels dry, then it’s time to thoroughly water your plant.
You can also use a moisture meter to determine what the moisture level is at. If the moisture meter is reading closer to the dryer side, it’s time to water your plant.
To make things even easier, you can move your plant to leca. With leca, it’s easy to know when to water your plant since you know where the reservoir line is. Once the water line dips below the reservoir line, it’s time to fill the container.
Monstera Borsigiana are prone to root rot which is why it’s important to make sure the soil is never compact or dense.
An easy soil recipe is 3 parts houseplant soil to 2 parts perlite. You can also add orchid bark to create an even chunkier mix.
If you don’t want to make your own potting mix, you can buy pre-made houseplant mix called Fox Farm Ocean Forest potting soil. This soil mixture contains a blend of earthworm castings, bat guano, sea-going fish & crab meal, forest humus, moss & more.
The ideal temperature for Monstera Borsigiana is between 60°F and 80°F. These plants like to stay on the warmer side.
I have found Monstera’s to be heavy feeders and you’ll quickly notice yellowing leaves if the plant isn’t getting a high quality fertilizer. I fertilize my plants every watering with a diluted fertilizer mix.
Something like a diluted 20-20-20 or a non-diluted 2-2-2 ratio would work well for the Monstera Borsigiana. You can also opt to use fertilizer granules that you sprinkle on the top of the plants soil. Every time you water the plant, the granules release nutrients into the soil.
Your plant may go dormant in the winter season and not need to be fed during this time.
A popular option is a plant food called Liqui-Dirt. Houseplant enthusiasts believe this is liquid gold because of the growth they see after using them. I love using Liqui-Dirt.
Monstera Borsigiana is a tropical plant native to areas with very high humidity. You may want to replicate that kind of humidity in your home or you can decide to acclimate your plant to lower levels of humidity.
I’ve found Monstera’s to be quite hardy plants and can acclimate to regular household humidity easily.
If you want to boost the humidity around your Monstera Borsigiana, place a humidifier next to your plant and place your Monstera in a group with other high humidity plants. These plants work together and create a microclimate that naturally boost the humidity around the plants.
Propagating a Monstera Borsigiana is quite easy. All you need to do is get clean sheers and take a stem cutting that has at least 1-2 nodes.
Place the nodes under water and you will notice roots forming in the next couple of weeks. Once the roots are at least 3 inches long, you can move your plant to your preferred substrate.
You can move this plant to a chunky soil mix, leca, or lechuza pon.
Are Monstera Borsigiana rare?
You won’t find a Monstera Borsigiana in a big box store but you may find them at local plant stores. You can also find this plant on Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, and specialty online plant stores.
How much is a Monstera Borsigiana?
Monstera Borsigiana price ranges drastically depending on where you buy it from. On Etsy, I could only find variegated Monstera Borsigiana with a starting cost of $100+.
How do you care for Monstera Borsigiana?
To make sure your Monstera Borsigiana thrives, place it in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight, regular waterings, and feed a high quality fertilizer.
Are Monstera Borsigiana fast growers?
Monstera Borsigiana is a fast grower especially when give the best growing conditions.
The best growing conditions for this plant would be in a room with bright indirect sunlight, higher than average humidity, and regular feedings of a high quality fertilizer.
Do Monstera Borsigiana climb?
Monstera Borsigiana is an epiphyte which means the plant loves to climb. Give this plant a moss pole or stake and you’ll see the plant growing taller in your home.
Why is my Monstera Borsigiana yellow?
You may find your Monstera Borsigiana turns yellow if you’re overwatering. Remember to only water your plant when the top two inches of soil are dry.
Why is my Monstera Borsigiana leaves curling?
If your Monstera Borsigiana leaves are curling, this is a sign of underwatering or not enough humidity.
From personal experience, Monstera’s are quite hardy and do not need a ton of humidity. My Monstera’s thrive in 30% humidity.
Leaves curling can be a sign of underwatering so make sure to keep your plant watered whenever the top two inches of soil is dry.
Do Monstera Borsigiana like to be misted?
You can mist Monstera Borsigiana but if you want to add extra humidity around your plant, your best bet is to place this plant in a room getting higher humidity or placing a humidifier near your plant.
Do not place this plant in a spot getting drafts of any kind (windows, doors leading to the outside, vents).
Does Monstera Borsigiana fenestrate?
Monstera Borsigiana fenestrate and people are drawn to this plant because of that.
How big does a Monstera Borsigiana grow?
Indoors, a Monstera Borsigiana can reach 10 feet and outdoors, this plant can grow much larger.
How do you know if your Monstera Borsigiana is happy?
If your plant is continuously producing new leaves and the leaves are getting larger, your Monstera Borsigiana is probably happy.
Is Monstera Borsigiana toxic to pets?
Yes, this plant is toxic to pets and humans. You can get more information on toxic and pet-friendly plants at ASPCA here.
Monstera Borsigiana can succumb to pest pressures just like any other houseplant. Out in the wild, plants can overcome pest pressures because of wind and air circulation. In your home, you may decide to use pest preventatives in order to keep your plant healthy and happy.
To prevent pests, you can use a natural or synthetic pesticide. Bonide Systemic Granules is a popular product people use because of its effectiveness against pests.
Regularly check your plant for things like mites and scale as this is common for the Monstera Borsigiana.
Brown tips: If you notice brown tips on your Monstera Borsigiana, this may be a sign of inconsistent watering. Regularly check your plants soil either with your finger or a moisture meter to make sure it’s relatively moist at all times.
Yellowing leaves: If you notice yellowing leaves on your Monstera Borsigiana, this can be a sign of underwatering your plant. Make sure to regularly check your plants soil.
Curly leaves: If you notice curling leaves on your Monstera Borsigiana, this may indicate your plant is not getting enough water. Check your plants soil moisture with your finger or a moisture meter.
Key Points To Remember
Monstera Borsigiana is the houseplant to get if you’re a fan of Monstera’s.
This tropical houseplant gets beautiful fenestrated leaves that can grow up to 10 feet tall inside your home.
Make sure to place Monstera Borsigiana in bright indirect sunlight, and regularly feed your plant a high quality fertilizer to keep active growing and large leaves.
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