Monstera plants are beautiful, impressive centerpieces for any houseplant collection. Although Monsteras grow well in pots, they do best when allowed to climb. In this article, we’ll explore the best types of climbing Monstera plants.
Which Types of Monstera Plants Can Climb?
The Monstera genus contains approximately 60 recognized species native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. Almost all types of Monstera plants can climb when given the proper support.
Monstera plants are hemiepiphytes, which means that they have both subterranean and aerial roots. Monstera plants support themselves on the forest floor using their subterranean roots. They then send out aerial roots to grasp nearby trees, allowing the Monstera to climb. This helps Monstera plants compete with other plants for sunlight.
What Are the Best Types of Climbing Monstera Plants?
Nearly all types of Monstera plants can climb. However, it’s essential to consider other factors, such as ease of care, when choosing a Monstera. While all Monsteras require some careful maintenance, some varieties are easier to care for than others.
One of the most popular types of climbing Monstera is Monstera deliciosa. This is one of the most visually impressive Monstera species thanks to its large, beautiful foliage and split-leaf fenestration. It’s also relatively easy to care for as long as you provide plenty of bright, indirect light and warm, humid conditions.
Another excellent type of climbing Monstera plant is Monstera adansonii. This is a more compact variety compared to other Monsteras, although it can still grow to 13 feet long. This Monstera variety is also known as the Swiss cheese plant due to the distinctive holes in its leaves.
Another good choice for climbing Monstera is Monstera Peru. This variety has thick, shiny foliage with a bumpy texture rather than fenestration. This variety loves to climb and can grow up to 20 feet tall in the wild.
Monstera pinnatipartita is a rare type of climbing Monstera that’s still easy to care for. The glossy green leaves develop gorgeous fenestration as they age. Monstera standleyana is another beautiful climbing Monstera variety with glossy green leaves and white variegation. It’s also fairly low maintenance.
How to Encourage Your Monstera to Climb
If you want your Monstera to climb, you’ll need to provide some form of support. The easiest method is to use a moss pole. Simply tie the main stems to the pole and let the plant’s aerial roots latch on. Alternatively, you can let your Monstera climb pieces of furniture, such as shelving units.
Give your Monstera plenty of energy to climb by watering it every 10 to 14 days. Wait until the top 2 inches of soil are dry before watering. Provide well-draining soil that still holds some moisture. Feed your Monstera once a month from spring until fall using diluted liquid fertilizer.
Most Monstera species can climb when given a moss pole or other suitable support. The best types of climbing Monstera plants include Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii.
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.