Plant of the month:
This month we will shine a light on a rare gem, the Monstera Obliqua! This plant is loved for its quirky appearance, namely highly perforated leaves. This combined with the wrinkled-looking foliage makes for a real eye-catcher. This plant has been on the wishlist of many PLNTSlovers over the years and this month we have this fabulous plant for you with a nice discount, woohoo!
- Fun fact! The Obliqua is often confused with the closely related Adansonii. Even though they have many similarities, they also have lots of differences. Can you spot them?
Back in 1912, the Monstera Obliqua was first described by the German botanist Adolf Engler. The plant is native to the tropical rainforests in Central and South America, where it grows as a hemi epiphytic plant. This refers to the way the plant grows, with a root system in the ground, but climbing onto trees to reach for height to receive more light. The Monstera Obliqua is a plant with awesome abilities and great looks!
As we just learned, the Monstera Obliqua is a hemi-epiphytic plant that climbs. In your urban jungle, it would love to get similar support. This can be from the classic moss pole, but a fancy plant stake is also a great option! This will help the plant to grow upright and also stimulate the Obliqua to grow bigger leaves, sounds like a win right?!
- Fun fact! Did you know that Monstera means abnormal? This is inspired by the Latin word Monstrum, which refers to unusual or uncommon. It sounds like a good fit for the special looks of the Monstera genus!
You can place this Monstera species on a spot where it will receive bright indirect light. More light exposure will cause scorching, which would be petty for those cool leaves! The spot should also be kept between 18 and 29 degrees. The ideal would be around 25 degrees. This is due to the tropical heritage of the plant. You can also heighten the humidity around the plant, 80% humidity or even higher would be perfect. These preferences make the Obliqua a great addition for a greenhouse cabinet!
- Fun fact! This Monstera species has the habit of growing long vines, called ‘Stolons’, that often grow entwined in and around itself. Cool right?!
To make the plant super comfortable, you can mix potting soil that is chunky, allows water to drain off, but still holds moisture. We have all the needed substrates for you in our aroid potting mix kit. We would suggest mixing these substrates according to the following ratio: 60% potting soil, 15% bark, 10% charcoal, 10% coco fibre, and 5% perlite. Make sure to keep this soil mix slightly moist, by providing regular sips of water.
Do you own a Monstera Obliqua and would you like to cultivate a tiny baby Obliqua? That is possible! But it can be tricky, due to the slow growth and the sometimes hard-to-meet preferences of the Obliqua. But if you would like to give it a try, you might want to propagate through stem cuttings. You can follow this step-by-step guide:
The first thing is to make sure the mother plant is healthy and thriving because this will increase the chance of getting a successful propagation! If you are sure about this, you can start looking for the nodes. Try to make a cutting with around 2 leaves, so the cutting can produce some energy for itself.
Choose your substrate! This can be any substrate you prefer, like water, sphagnum or pon. All have their advantages and disadvantages, so choose what works for you! We mostly go for the trusty Sphagnum moss, due to its great ability to hold moisture.
Make sure to meet the plant’s needs. That means a high humidity of 80% or higher, a temperature of around 25 degrees and lots of love and care! You might want to place your cutting inside a terrarium or greenhouse to be able to meet these high demands.
Lots of patience. This plant is not a fast grower at all, so you will have to wait a bit for roots or new growth. But once you have reached success, you can be so proud! You have managed to propagate this highly demanding plant. ;)
Frequently asked questions
about Monstera Obliqua
Is the Monstera Obliqua rare?
Yes! The Obliqua is a rare gem, but the supply has met the demand over the last few years. That is why it is more accessible and the price has come down. But it doesn't make the plant any less desirable!
Is Monstera Obliqua hard to care for?
We would say it is not the easiest plant, due to the preferences the plant has to be kept in. But once you have got these down, it should be doable! Especially for experienced plantparents. 🙂
Why have the Monstera Obliqua holes?
The Monstera Obliqua has adapted to its surroundings, which has resulted in the highly fenestrated foliage. Due to this adaptation, the foliage can catch more light in its natural habitat, pretty fascinating right?
What is the nickname of the Monstera Obliqua?
The nickname is: Wrinkle Hole Plant. Do you think it fits the plant? But it was also called ‘Unicorn Plant’ frequently because it was super hard to get. Nowadays the supply has met the demand way better.
What are common pests on the Monstera Obliqua?
The Obliqua is unfortunately sensitive to most common pests, like Spider mites, Scale, Whitefly, Thrips, and fungus gnats. Make sure to check the plant regularly, with the support of a magnifier.
Is the Monstera Obliqua toxic for my pets?
Yes, this beauty is toxic for both cats and dogs. Also be aware of children, since it's also toxic to humans.
Buy Monstera Obliqua online
That was all the ins and outs about the marvelous Monstera Obliqua! Now you know how to care for it, you can add it to your collection this month with a nice discount! Do you want to start small with the cutest Obliqua version, the baby Obliqua? Or would you prefer to have some growth done for you, by adopting the medium version of the Obliqua? No matter what you choose, you will have a real trophy shining in your urban jungle!