TheMonstera dubiais a rare, lesser-known variety of Monstera than the commonMonstera deliciosa orMonstera adansonii, but its gorgeous variegation and interesting growth habit make it a great addition to any houseplant collection.
In its native habitat of tropical Central and South America, Monstera dubia is a creeping vine that climbs trees and large plants. Juvenile plants are characterized by small heart-shaped leaves with both light green and dark green variegation and the leaves lie flat against whatever they are growing on. In contrast, mature Monstera dubia plants, which are usually only seen in the wild, closely resemble Monstera deliciosas with large fenestrations and no variegation. Unlike juvenile Monstera dubia leaves, the mature leaves hang from the vines.
This tropical aroid, which is sometimes referred to as the shingle plant, is not readily available at most garden centers or nurseries and will likely need to be purchased online or from a specialty plant shop. Beware of scam sellers or fake seeds being sold online and always ensure you are purchasing from reputable sellers. Despite how difficult it can be to find, Monstera dubia is relatively easy to care for.
While the Monstera dubia is less common than the Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii, its care is nearly identical. However, while all Monsteras enjoy climbing a totem or support, Monstera dubias require that support in order to thrive. Because the leaves lie so flat, many indoor gardeners choose to mount their Monstera dubia on a plain plank of wood to show off this unique feature.
In their native habitat, Monstera dubias grow below the forest canopy where they receive dappled sunlight throughout the day. That means that they should be exposed to bright, gentle light when grown indoors. Avoid prolonged periods of direct sunlight because this can burn the leaves of young plants.
Water your Monstera dubia when the top few inches of the potting medium is dry. Ensure that you are watering well and allowing the excess water to drain from the pot. These monsteras can tolerate a little bit of neglect when it comes to water and they won’t die if the soil dries out completely every once in a while (especially during the winter), but in general, do not let them dry out too often.