Garden Tips

Maintaining the window leaf - requirements for location, planter, watering and fertilizing

The window leaf is becoming increasingly popular. In order for you to enjoy it for a long time, there are a few things to consider when it comes to care and location.

If you want to buy a houseplant, you are often looking for easy-to-care-for, but visually appealing plants that add something special to the room. If you are looking for a tropical plant, the so-called window leaf (botanical name: Monstera) is recommended. What is striking about the window leaf is that the leaves of the plant are broken. This helps them to deal better with wind in the wild. However, it is also the juicy surfaces of the leaves themselves that make up the appealing look of the houseplant. The Monstera offers several advantages that make it a worthwhile houseplant - and not just in the eyes of lovers.

What makes the window leaf?

First of all, you should know that the window leaf is a very assertive climbing plant that can climb or grow several meters high. Imported to Europe at the beginning of the 19th century, the window leaf has become one of the most popular houseplants in Germany. There are now 50 species. Many gardeners and enthusiasts are particularly pleased that the window leaf stays green all year round. Because the pretty and rich leaves can be seen at any time. This is a real advantage over other houseplants. They have to be cut short in the winter because they lose their leaves. Since it is a climbing plant, it needs a suitable climbing aid. When it comes to care, the Monstera is not very picky and demanding, so anyone can bring a bit of the tropics home with this plant.

Here is a brief overview of the plant and its properties:

  • tropical plant from the Caribbean and South American regions
  • Leaf has unique openings that help to withstand the wind - but also let the sun get to the lower part of the plant
  • Climbing plant that can reach several meters in height
  • very assertive houseplant with few requirements
  • Available in more than 50 different styles all year round green

Window leaf as a houseplant - advantages vs disadvantages

✓ easy to maintain, since hardly any claims are made
✓ stays green all year round and therefore always has an attractive appearance
✓ is itself very assertive and therefore also suitable for beginners
✓ does not require any special soil with additives
✓ can reach several meters in height and thus fill the solid angle very nicely
✓ looks very unique with its special leaves
✗ requires a climbing aid

Window leaf also outdoors?

The Monstera should not be outdoors all year round. Since it is a tropical plant, it does not tolerate it especially when winter is coming. In summer, however, at appropriate temperatures, the plant can calmly come to the balcony or terrace, where it also receives enough light. It should only be noted that it receives sufficient water and also comes into the house as soon as the temperatures drop. You should also know that very young window leaf plants are better off not getting direct sunlight if their leaves have not yet been ventilated. In this case, the leaves could get sunburned because the plants do not tolerate the sunlight so well. In general, the window leaf can be placed outdoors, but only if the conditions are right. The temperature outside must be at least 20 degrees so that the Monstera feels good.

Which location does it need in the house?

The tropical plant actually tolerates sun well, provided that it is already fully grown. Therefore, a partially shaded place in the house is the right one for you. However, if it is still a young window leaf plant, this should not get direct sunlight for the time being because young Monstera are still somewhat more sensitive. As soon as winter arrives, it is very important for the window leaf to get a place flooded with sun. Because during this time the tropical plant literally craves every single ray of sunshine. If you want, you can put the plant in the shade in spring and autumn so that its growth improves. But this is not a must if it is in partial shade anyway.

Requirements for the planter

Once you have selected a location, the plant pot should be prepared for the Monstera. This can be filled with normal plant soil, which the Monstera tolerates quite well. If you want, you can also mix in peat or compost. Be sure to select a planter with one or more drain openings so that there is no waterlogging. Although the window leaf is a tropical and moisture-loving plant, its roots can also be easily damaged by waterlogging. The pot too must not be too small. As already mentioned, the window leaf grows strongly and can reach a few meters in height. Conversely, this also means that the roots want to be able to spread well. In addition, the Monstera needs a climbing aid in its flower pot, normally it is used for climbing a tree or branch. A slightly thicker stick or moss stick is ideal to give the window leaf the necessary hold. The climbing aid should not be smooth and slippery in the case of metal or plastic. Wood is more suitable to give the leaves a hold.

Pour and fertilize the window leaf

Watering is actually very easy with the window leaf: if the layer of soil dries, you should water the plant again. However, this not only requires the conventional, only lightly wetting of the earth, but also some air humidity. After all, the crop comes from the tropics. It is therefore advisable to get a small spray bottle and use it to spray lukewarm water over the leaves so that they also get their portion of moisture. Wiping the leaves with a slightly damp sponge is also good for the leaves of the plant.

You don't have to fertilize the young window leaves. The fresh potting soil is usually sufficient for you. If the plant is a bit older, it can be fertilized more often during phases of growth. For this purpose, the fertilizer should be diluted very strongly or, in the case of compost, only mixed with the soil to a small extent. The plant does not tolerate over-fertilization so well.

Does the window leaf have to be repotted?

Repotting and cutting are also part of caring for a houseplant. However, you only need to prune the plant if the aerial roots of the plant are damaged and only to a very small extent. Because of the rainy growth, the plant has to be repotted frequently. Whenever it grows so tall that it no longer has a stable base in the pot, it needs a larger pot. In this case, the plant also needs a larger and more stable climbing aid.