Monstera plants add a lush jungle feel to your home or office and have several impressive uses and benefits. But they do require the right lighting conditions to thrive. This article will explain which window aspect is best for Monstera plants in your home or office.
What Kind of Light Do Monstera Plants Need?
Monstera plants are native to tropical rainforest habitats across Central and South America, especially Mexico. Most Monstera species grow on the jungle floor and climb trees using their aerial roots. In their native habitat, Monster plants receive dappled, indirect sunlight filtered through the canopy above.
To replicate this habitat, indoor Monsteras require 5 to 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight during the day. Monstera plants will suffer scorched leaves if left in bright, direct light. If necessary, you can filter the sunlight using blinds or a net curtain.
Monstera plants can also tolerate low light conditions for short periods. However, prolonged periods in the full shade can turn Monstera leaves yellow. If this happens, move your Monstera into a brighter spot.
Which Window Aspect is Best for Monstera Plants in the Home or Office?
East, south, or west-facing windows provide the ideal aspect for most types of Monstera plants. These areas offer plenty of bright, indirect sunlight during the day. Make sure to keep your Monstera at least 3 feet away from the east or south-facing windows.
West-facing windows receive more sunlight in the afternoon, which can be too intense for Monstera plants. In these areas, position your Monstera plant approximately 5 feet away from the window. Use a filter such as a blind or net curtain to reduce sunlight intensity even more.
Monstera plants can also be used to boost the feng shui of your home or office. These plants are linked to the Wood element and are associated with prosperity, wealth, and renewal. According to the Bagua map, Monstera plants work best in the eastern or southeastern areas of your space. These areas are linked to family and prosperity.
Other Environmental Factors to Consider
As well as the correct light levels, Monstera plants require a warm, humid environment. Monstera plants require indoor temperatures between 70 and 85ºF (21 to 30ºC). These popular houseplants also need high humidity levels between 60 and 80%.
Use humidifiers or pebble trays to increase humidity around your Monstera plant. Alternatively, you can place Monstera plants in steamy bathrooms with east, south, or west-facing windows.
Always protect your Monstera plant from cold or dry drafts caused by air vents, open windows, and heaters or radiators. These drafts can lower the humidity or temperature around your Monstera, affecting your plant’s health.
Monstera plants do best near windows with eastern, southern, or western aspects. These locations provide the right amount of bright, indirect light for Monstera plants. Always position your Monstera plant at least 3 feet away from the window. This protects it from intense direct sunlight during the afternoon.
For more, see our in-depth guide to the uses and benefits of Monstera plants.
Andrew is the Editorial Director at Petal Republic. He holds a BSc degree in Plant Sciences and has trained professionally at leading floristry schools in London and Paris. In amongst overseeing a global editorial team, Andrew's a passionate content creator around all things flowers, floral design, gardening, and houseplants.