Monstera Esqueleto Tips Care

Basic Information

NameMonstera Esqueleto
LightBright Indirect, 6-8 Hours Per Day
Temperature18-29ºC | 65-85ºF
HumidityHigh, 60-80%
Soil/MediumWell-drained; Mixture of Peat Moss, Perlite, Vermiculite
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Monstera Esqueleto is a tropical plant with unique care requirements, known for its striking appearance. Here is a comprehensive guide:


Monstera Esqueleto thrives in bright, indirect sunlight for 6-8 hours daily. Avoiding direct sunlight is crucial, as it can damage the delicate leaves. The ideal location is near east-facing or north-facing windows, where the light is filtered or diffused. If natural light is limited, LED grow lights are a great alternative to ensure the plant receives adequate light.


Maintaining the right balance of moisture is crucial when it comes to watering this particular plant. The soil should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. A general rule of thumb is to water the plant once every 7-10 days, although this may vary depending on the surrounding environmental conditions. You should only water the plant when the top two inches of soil feel dry or if the soil moisture meter reads as moist (6-8). Keep in mind that both overwatering and underwatering can be detrimental to the plant’s health, causing issues such as root rot or wilting.


Monstera Esqueleto thrives in well-draining, aerated soil that is rich in organic matter. The ideal soil mix should contain ingredients such as peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite, which help retain moisture without causing waterlogging. It’s best to select light, loamy, and well-aerated soil with a pH value ranging from 5.5 to 7, as this facilitates optimal nutrient absorption.

Tip: Choose a pot 2-3 inches bigger than your plant’s root ball for growth space without excess water.


Monstera Esqueleto is a tropical plant that thrives in warm environments. Its optimal temperature range is between 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C). It’s crucial to shield the plant from extreme temperatures, as temperatures below 60°F (15°C) or above 90°F (32°C) can impede growth or cause harm to its leaves.


This plant thrives in high humidity levels, with an ideal range between 60% and 80%. Insufficient humidity can cause the plant to become stressed, which may result in brown leaf tips or leaf drops. To maintain the plant’s optimal humidity, there are a few things you can do: you can use a humidifier, mist the leaves regularly, or place the plant on a pebble tray. If you have a steamy bathroom, that would be an excellent location for this plant. Monstera Esqueleto can also do well in terrariums if provided with proper light and drainage.


Monstera Esqueleto plant grows actively during the spring to fall season, and therefore, it benefits from regular fertilization. You can use a balanced liquid or slow-release fertilizer every two weeks to keep the plant healthy. It’s best to use a gentle liquid fertilizer with a 5-2-3 NPK ratio during the growing season. However, avoid over-fertilization and reduce feeding in winter, as the plant’s growth slows down during this period.

Growth Rate

The Monstera Esqueleto generally exhibits a slow to moderate growth rate. Its growth patterns can vary significantly depending on the care and environment provided.

Pet Safety

Monstera Esqueleto is mildly toxic due to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals. Keep it out of reach of pets and children.

Grow in Semi-Hydro

  • Monsteras, known for their robust growth and iconic split leaves, flourish in semi-hydroponics systems like LECA/Pon, thanks to their adaptive root systems and love for moisture.
  • Transitioning Monstera to semi-hydroponics is effective with a Nutrient Stagnant Wicking (NSW) setup, ensuring a stable and efficient growth environment.
  • In LECA/Pon, Monstera roots quickly adjust, overcoming any initial challenges with root adaptation in the NSW system.
  • A nutrient mix with a concentration of about 800-1000ppm is ideal for fertilizing Monsteras in semi-hydro setups.
  • Monsteras are adaptable to various temperature and humidity conditions, making them suitable for growth in diverse indoor environments.
  • Ongoing care includes regular monitoring of the water level in the reservoir and periodic flushing of the system to promote healthy and continuous growth.


  • Light Monitoring: Adjust the plant’s position based on leaf color and growth patterns.
  • Watering Technique: Use the fingertip or moisture meter method to check soil moisture.
  • Temperature and Humidity: Regularly monitor and adjust to maintain optimal levels.
  • Soil Health: Regularly assess soil condition and refresh or amend as necessary.
  • Pruning: Trim back as needed to encourage growth and maintain shape.

Proper care and attention to these specific needs will ensure the Monstera Esqueleto grows healthily and adds tropical beauty to any space.

Happy planting! 🌱

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About the author

I am a devoted plant lover who's mastered the art of growing houseplants in semi-hydroponic setups. Passionate about LECA potting, I enjoy sharing expert tips and insights through this blog to help fellow plant enthusiasts thrive. When not watching my indoor jungle, I am busy experimenting with new, sustainable ways to achieve plant perfection.

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