Is the Mini Monstera toxic?
Yes, Aroids like the Mini Monstera contain small needle shaped crystals in their leaves and stems called raphides that cause irritation in the mouth and throat when eaten. It is not recommended to eat any part of the Mini Monstera. Unlike its cousin Monstera deliciosa the Mini Monstera does not produce edible fruit, and the fruit Mini Monstera produces should not be eaten. Pets who consume any part of the plant may experience discomfort and it is not recommended for pet owners who have animals that like to chew on houseplants.
What’s the ideal temperature?
Coming from a tropical environment Mini Monstera prefers warm temperatures and thrive under most indoor conditions. Be cautious to not allow the temperature to drop below 55°F as Mini Monstera have little to no cold tolerance. Keeping Mini Monstera above 65°F can also help maintain the shape of the new growth-- in cold conditions the plant may grow deformed leaves in response to the less than ideal conditions. Be cautious of the conditions in winter as a combination of low humidity and temperature can affect leaves and new growth by drying them out and the growth tip may be affected.
What’s the ideal humidity level?
Mini Monstera will tolerate low indoor humidity but they greatly prefer and benefit from additional humidity. An ideal humidity for them is 50-60% which might be higher than the indoor humidity during cold winters. In the wintertime the leaves of the Mini Monstera may dry out and will benefit from frequent misting and in extreme cases an indoor humidifier may be necessary. Mini Monstera also benefit from frequent misting of the leaves. This can spur growth of air roots which grow along the length of the stems and promote healthy leaf development and aid in the Mini Monstera keeping attached to its growing surface.
Does it purify the air?
The Mini Monstera is a good choice for an air purifying houseplant. As with most plants grown to improve indoor air quality, Mini Monstera benefit from frequent cleaning of the leaves, this can be done by wiping them with a soft wet cloth or by spraying them with water. Cleaning the surfaces of the leaves removes any dust on them and allows them to purify the air more efficiently. Mini Monstera also enjoy frequent misting and using a spray bottle on the leaves can be used as a way to further clean the leaves and mist the plant at the same time.