Best Soil for Monstera Plants (Commercial & DIY)

Monstera plant is a popular houseplant famous for its beautiful, magnificent leaves.

I had planned to purchase one for my home decor. But first, I had to prepare the soil for my new Monstera.

In general, Monstera prefers soil that is well-draining, well-aerated, rich in nutrients, and has a pH of 5.5–7. Moreover, to create a DIY potting mix for Monstera, mix one-third orchid bark, one-third coco coir, one part activated charcoal, one part worm casting, and three parts perlite.

Monstera
Caring for Monstera is not a complicated task if you get the soil right.

If you intend to grow a Monstera plant in your home, you should know its soil requirements.

Read on to learn everything about soil for Monstera plants.

What Kind of Soil is Best for Monstera?

The better growth of Monstera plants depends on various factors like temperature, lights, watering, humidity, etc.

But the most important must be the soil the Monstera grows on. Let us now look at the characteristics of the best Monstera soil.

1. Well-draining Soil

Plants like Monstera do not like having ‘wet feet,’ which means they do not like standing on too much water.

This gives whole new importance to well-draining soil.

Monstera prefers soil with enough space between the particles, allowing them to drain water efficiently.

You would not want the water to drain too quickly or too slowly. If the water drains quickly, the plant does not get to absorb it efficiently.

Well draining soil
To make the soil well-draining, you can add ingredients like compost, leaves, perlite, vermiculite, and coco peat.

Similarly, if the water drains slowly, the plant may suffer from root rot, eventually killing it.

For better results, you can use terracotta, glazed ceramics, or unglazed clay pots for your Monstera.

To make a well-draining soil, loosen the soil by digging it and mixing in some organic materials.

2. Well-aerated Soil

Soil aeration is a pretty important factor in the overall growth of the Monstera plant.

If the soil is too condensed, the plant will not be able to take up soil nutrients and water efficiently, and also, the plant will be prone to various pests and diseases attack.

For Monstera to grow properly, the soil must have good aeration and be able to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the surrounding environment.

Spike aerator
You can use a spike aerator on your lawn to increase its aeration.

Good aeration allows the air to reach the plant roots; hence, the plant will have proper growth.

You can use perlite, cocopeat, and vermiculite in the soil to increase the soil aeration.

In addition, adding some gravel to the bottom of your container may also increase drainage along with aeration.

You can increase the soil aeration in the lawn by using a spike or plug aerator.

3. Nutrient Enriched Soil

Plants take nutrients from the soil from the roots and use the nutrients for various plant functions.

Monstera is not too finicky about extra nutrient supply, but you need to provide it with soil that fulfills its basic nutrients need.

The soil for Monstera needs to have the basic micro and macronutrients so that the plant can absorb them and have optimal growth.

Nutrient-rich soil also harbors a plethora of beneficial microorganisms that benefit the plant significantly.

You can add organic matter like eggshells and vegetable residues to the soil to increase the nutrient content without side effects.

Refer to the table below to look at essential nutrients and their role in plant growth.

Essential Nutrients Description
Macronutrients (Primary nutrients)Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium.
Micronutrients (Minor nutrients)Iron, Boron, Chlorine, Copper, Zinc, etc.
Secondary Nutrients (Secondary nutrients)Calcium, Magnesium, Sulphur, etc.
MicrobesYeasts, algae, protozoa, bacteria, nema- todes, and fungi

Use certified organic fertilizers to maintain the nutrients available for your Monstera.

4. Optimum Soil pH

Monstera plants grow best in well-draining, good quality, acidic potting soil. For proper plant growth, you need to keep the pH value of the soil you are using.

Monstera thrives when the soil pH ranges between 5.5 to 7.

Soil pH scale
Soil pH also plays a major role in the growth of your Monstera.

If the soil has a pH below 5.5 and above 7, Monstera will have problems absorbing nutrients via the roots.

You can add ground agriculture limestone to the soil if it is too acidic and elemental sulfur, and sulfuric acid, to the soil if it is too basic.

5. Proper Soil Temperature

Soil temperature is an important concept many gardeners are not much familiar with. Having proper soil temperature is important if you want your Monstera plant to have adequate growth.

For Monstera to thrive properly, the soil temperature should be around 65°F to 85°F.

Soil temperature for Monstera
Maintain the optimal soil temperature for the healthy growth of Monstera.

When the soil temperature is low, its viscosity increases and the water absorption rate decreases, hampering the plant.

Similarly, when the temperature is high, beneficial soil microorganisms die.

Mulching is a great way to prevent heat from escaping the soil during colder weather.

Signs you are Using Wrong Soil Mix for Monstera

If the soil is not to your Monstera’s liking, it will display signs of stress. If you are early to catch up on the symptoms, you may prevent grave damage.

Look for the following signs to know that your Monstera plant needs soil change.

1. Yellow Leaves

Your Monstera leaves may turn yellow due to one of the following reasons.

  • Slow drainage of water
  • Poor soil aeration
  • Lack of moisture retention

Read more to find out why your Monstera leaves are turning yellow.

2. Brown Spots

One of the following soil anomalies causes brown spots on your Monstera’s leaves.

  • Lack of proper drainage
  • Too much moisture retention
  • Fungal diseases on the soil
  • Lack of aeration
Yellow leaves and brown spots
If you witness yellow leaves and brown spots on your Monstera, consider changing the potting mix.

3. Drooping Monstera

Your Monstera may start drooping due to one of the following reasons.

  • Too fast draining of the soil
  • Lack of organic matters
  • Soil pH is too high or too low

Other signs include bad soil odor, poor plant growth, plant wilting, no new growths, etc.

Related article: Why are my Monstera Leaves Drooping?

Best Commercial Soil for Monstera

The best thing about wanting to grow Monstera indoors is that you will have easy access to the potting mix.

You can either purchase commercially available potting mix or prepare it yourself at home.

Below are some commercial potting soil options for Monstera.

1. Miracle-Gro Houseplant Potting Mix

Miracle-gro comprises all the essential nutrients and elements that indoor potted plants need to grow.

It is certified by Mulch & Soil Council as a quality product in compliance with industry standards.

Here are some pros and cons of the potting mix.

Pros

  • This potting mix is less prone to fungus gnats.
  • It has the perfect combination of perlite, peat, and sphagnum moss.
  • A 4-quart bag is enough to fill an 8-inch pot.
  • Once applied, it can feed the plant for about six months.
Miracle-Gro
Miracle-gro houseplant potting mix is best for Monstera.

Cons

  • This potting mix provides less breathability to the plant.
  • The bag contains less potting mix and more air.
  • Drainage is poor.

2. Espoma Organic Potting Soil Mix

Espoma is the perfect potting mix you can use on Monstera and many fruits and vegetables indoors and outdoors.

Here are some pros and cons of Epsoma Organic Potting Mix;

Pros

  • It comes with root-enhancing Myco-tone.
  • 100% natural and organic product beneficial for plants.
  • It has humus, peat moss, perlite, earthworm castings, alfalfa, kelp, and feather meal.
Espoma Organic Potting Soil Mix
Epsoma Organic Potting Mix is best for indoors as well as outdoors.

Cons

  • It is laced with fungus gnats.
  • Some users complained about soil flies coming out of the potting mix as soon as they opened the bag.

3. SUNGRO HORTICULTURE Black Gold

Sungro Horticulture is an all-purpose gardening potting mix with an NPK ratio of 0.05-0-0.

This all-purpose organic potting soil contains quality-tested organic ingredients and provides premium quality.

Here are some pros and cons of Sungro Horticulture Black Gold potting mix.

Pros

  • It is a rich, loamy mix that is perfect for most plants indoors.
  • This mix provides better airflow and porosity to the plant.
  • You can feed the plants for more than 3 to 4 months.
Sungro Horticulture Black gold potting mix
Sungro Horticulture Black gold potting mix provides premium quality at outstanding savings.

Cons

  • This potting mix can attract mealy bugs.
  • Users complained about mold forming on their soil after some time.

4. Back to the Roots Natural & Organic All-Purpose

Back to the roots is 100% natural soil that doesn’t contain peat moss. 

Here are some pros and cons of Back to roots natural and organic potting mix.

Pros

  • It comes with nutrient-rich fertilizer, Mycorrhizae, coco coir, and Yucca extract.
  • The pack comes with pH-neutralizing dolomitic limestone.
  • It is 100% peat-free, contributing to the environment’s betterment.
Back to the roots
Back to the Roots Natural & Organic All-Purpose contains limestone to balance the soil pH.

Cons

  • No value for money.
  • Users complained the soil was DEAD, with nothing growing on them.

5. Hoffman 12504 Purely Organic Potting Mix

Hoffman is a potting mix for indoor plants that can be used in pots and hanging baskets.

Here are some pros and cons of Hoffman Organic Potting Mix;

Pros

  • It comes with a wetting agent that helps maintain moisture for the plants.
  • You don’t need to worry about watering this plant much.
  • High-quality loamy soil.
Hoffman 12504 Purely Organic Potting Mix
Hoffman 12504 Purely Organic Potting Mix contains an extra wetting agent.

Cons

  • Some plants can incur beige-colored mold due to this potting mix.
  • Some users complained that their plants DIED after they used this mix.

I prefer to grow my Monstera plants in Espoma Organic Potting Soil Mix, and the results were pretty good.

Make Your Potting Mix for Monstera

If you are too invested in your plant, you will want to care for it and leave no stone unturned.

It is rewarding to see your plant grow to its full potential while avoiding the use of commercial products.

If you are one of those people, you would like the notion that you can prepare your potting mix for Monstera at home.

So, do not worry about getting your hands dirty, and get your gardening boots on. Gather the following materials required for preparing the potting mix.

MaterialsProperties
Orchid Bark Chips1. Aerates the soil
2. Provides good drainage
3. Prevents soil compaction
Perlite1. Reduces soil compaction
2. Provides good drainage
Coco Coir1. Better water retention
2. Keeps soil moist
Activated Charcoal1. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
2. Repels insects
3. Prevents molds
Worm Castings1. Provides proper nutrition.
2. Supports microbial growth

Look below for the soil recipe for the Monstera plant.

Recipe 1

  • Three parts of orchid bark
  • Three parts coco coir
  • One part of activated charcoal
  • One part worm castings and three-part perlite
Monstera potting mix recipe
You can create DIY potting kix for Monstera easily.

Recipe 2

  • Mix Three parts of potting soil
  • Two parts perlite
  • 25% compost

Making your potting mix allows you to tend to your plant’s needs, which is cheaper than buying commercial mixes.

Conclusion

Monstera is one of the hardy plants that can grow in almost any harsh conditions.

But, among all the factors the Monstera plant can sustain, you need to be extra careful about the soil you are providing to the plant.

If the soil is good, the plant will turn out fine and vice versa.

If you have a Monstera at your home, you would want to learn more about their care and problems.

Read our articles on Monstera vs. Philodendron, their toxicity Monstera seeds, and the best planter to grow them.

Happy Plant Parenting!

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