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How to Make Potting Soil for Monstera Plants – All You Need to Know!

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If you’re growing monstera plants, one of the first things that you need to do to ensure that the plants thrive is to get the ideal potting soil. While you can try to find premixed potting soil, if you want the best possible results, you should make the potting soil yourself.

But how do you make potting soil for monstera plants, why should you make your own, and what are other tips that you should follow when growing monstera? Read on for the answers to these questions and more!

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Ideal Monstera Potting Soils

There are two different types of potting soil that you can use for monstera plants. The first mixture requires multiple ingredients and a bit of work, but it provides the best possible results. The second mixture is easier to make and does a good enough job, but it’s not the highest quality soil.

The advanced and best possible monstera potting soil uses this recipe:

  • 3 parts bark
  • 3 parts pumice
  • 3 parts coir
  • 1 part charcoal
  • 1 part worm castings

You’ll notice that there’s no traditional “soil,” but there are plenty of nutritional elements for the plant, and you don’t have to worry about root rot.

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If you can’t find any of these ingredients or just want a simpler recipe, you can use the following:

  • 3 parts potting soil
  • 2 parts perlite

It’s a much easier recipe to follow and get the ingredients for, but you’ll have to worry more about the overall care requirements.

Benefits of Making Your Own Monstera Potting Soil

While you can likely find monstera potting soil at a garden shop, home improvement store, or online, there are a few advantages to making your own. First, you know exactly what you’re putting into the soil, giving you the most customizable potting soil possible.

Second, by picking and mixing the ingredients yourself, you can save money compared to purchasing a premixed bag of soil.

Finally, since you’re picking out all the ingredients yourself, you can ensure that you’re only using the highest quality options, greatly reducing the risk of any adverse effects. The extra effort will be worth it when you have a thriving monstera plant.

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Tips for Caring for Monstera Plants

Getting the right kind of soil for your monstera is only part of what it takes to have a healthy plant. Even if you get the soil right, you still need to care for it properly.

Start by finding the perfect location inside your home to put the plant. Ideally, you want medium levels of indirect sunlight, though the plant can survive a certain amount of direct sunlight. The ideal temperature is between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, which most homes easily meet.

However, if the plant is near a door or window that lets in a draft, you might need to find a different spot. Standard humidity levels inside a home are typically fine for a monstera, but if you want to raise the humidity level around the plant, misting once a day is beneficial.

Finally, you want to water a monstera plant once every week or two. Feel the soil between watering, and water the plant once the soil dries out completely between waterings. This is true no matter what kind of soil you go with, but it’s even more important if you’re using a potting soil mixture.

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Now that you know about two great monstera potting soils, all that’s left is for you to pick your favorite and get the ingredients you need. Either recipe highlighted here is a great choice for your monstera, and it’s the first step in getting the plant to thrive and grow in your home!

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