The Mini Split Leaf Monstera Deliciosa also known as the Dwarf Monstera or the Monstera Ginny is an easy to care for houseplant. The Mini Monstera is harder to find than the larger Monstera and is considered a rare plant. Just like the larger Monstera, this plant will develop splits from the leaf edge to the center vein called cuts. These cuts will begin to appear as the plant matures.
It is not uncommon to find pictures of the monstera framed on walls, engraved on glass doors, or even painted on pillows and bedcovers. Also known as the split-leaf philodendron, Swiss cheese plant, and Mexican breadfruit, it is native to Central American rainforests. The plant hails from the arum family like the ZZ plant and peace lilies. Lovers of the plant like it for its broad green leaves that can measure two feet in size. They also cite excellent air-purifying capabilities as one of the fundamental reasons to keep a Monstera.
The young plants are very different looking as they do not have the cuts or holes in the leaves. The leaves are also much smaller and closer together. As the plant matures, it will begin to develop the characteristics of the adult plant.
Aside from the fruit that this plant can produce (which rarely develops in houseplants), this plant is toxic if consumed, so keep away from children and pets.
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- The Monstera Minima prefers bright, indirect sunlight in the spring and summer and direct sunlight in the fall and winter. If the leaves start turning yellow, your plant is getting too much sun. If the plant doesn't get enough sunlight, then the leaves will not develop the perforations in the leaves that it is known for.
- Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings, water thoroughly. Plants that dry out too much will grow much slower than ones that are watered properly.
- The Monstera Minima will not do well in temperatures below 50 degrees F. This plant is native to Southeast Asia and prefers a humid environment.
- This plant is toxic to children and pets