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Monstera Laniata: Ultimate Grow & Care Guide

The alluring symmetrical fenestration of Monstera Laniata may go away under inappropriate light and other care conditions.

Monstera Laniata loves bright indirect sunlight. They thrive in subtle warmth of 61°-82°F with 60-80% humidity. Use a slightly acidic aroid mix with pH 5.5-7 that can handle every nine days of watering and monthly balanced fertilization.

Let us walk through the in-depth care requirements for your Monstera Laniata plant.

Overview of Monstera Laniata

Monstera Laniata is a tropical plant native to rainforests of South America belonging to Araceae.

Scientific name Monstera Adansonii 'Laniata'
Common nameMonstera Laniata
Growth ZoneUSDA 10 to 12
Growth RateModerate fast
Growth HabitPerennial vine
Growth Size8-12 feet tall
FoliageUp to 2 feet long with dramatic holes in matte green
BloomingCreamy white inflorescence wrapped in cold-yellow spathe
Grown forFoliage
ToxicityToxic to humans and pets

Monstera Laniata: Best Care Hacks

This plant’s fenestrations can revert under inappropriate care conditions. So, follow this basic care to encourage their fenestration.

monstera laniata quick care hack
Quick care guide to the better growth of Monstera Laniata.

1. Sunlight & Temperature

Monstera Laniata proliferates in a bright but indirectly sunlit warm room with temperatures 60-80°F. 

You can keep them outdoors in 6-8 hours of dappled sunlight if you are from tropical zones 10-12.

But ensure they are protected from direct sunlight, which can cause sunburn and excess dehydration from high heat. 

Extreme dehydration from direct sunlight causes discoloration, wilting and drying out of edges with crispy leaves.

Generally, an east-facing window is ideal, with proper warmth from the morning sunlight.

But protect them from cold drafts that push the plants’ growth alongside a drop in foliage size.

Moreover, it cannot withstand cold below 50°F, so use incandescent grow lights for light and heat.

2. Watering & Humidity

Monstera Laniata prefers moist but not wet, damp soil in higher (60-80%) humid places.

To do so, fetch them 0.8 cups of distilled water every nine days with regular mist to satisfy their thirst.

However, you might need to increase the frequency during summer and spring and reduce it to once every 30-35 days in the dormant winter season.

You can always stay on the safe boat by inspecting the moisture content by poking chopsticks or a moisture meter.

Monstera laniata fenestrated leaf
Mist your Monstera Laniata with a few days intervals in the morning hours to encourage optimal humidity.

Slow growth, yellowing leaves and root rot with pests hovering around on moldy soil are the signs of overwatering.

In contrast, lack of water causes the plant to wilt, sparse foliage growth, leaf curl, and drooping leaves.

Thus, you can aim for saucer watering with pebbles on to keep the plant hydrated with consistent humidity.

Furthermore, you should group the beneficial Areca palm, Spider plant and Peace lily near your plant to encourage high humidity.

3. Soil & Fertilization

Monstera Laniata requires nutrient-rich, well-draining soil for the vigorous growth of dramatic fenestration.

They prefer a slightly acidic loose soil of pH 5.5 – 7 with medium water retention. They require 10-10-10 fertilizers every three weeks during spring and summer.

But do not feed them in the dormant winter season to avoid overfertilization issues.

Overfertilized plants tend to have salt build-ups, root burns, curling leaf tips, and brown spots on droopy leaves.

However, stunted and leggy growth with discoloration of leaves is often the result of no fertilizer.

To prepare potting mix with a proper blend of nutrients, mix charcoal, peat moss, orchid bark and perlite. Otherwise, use Monstera mix or Gardener Premium.

4. Potting & Repotting

Monstera Laniata is a low-maintenance plant that does not require repotting for almost two years straight.

The telltale signs of potbound Laniata include slow growth, loss of leaves and roots poking out from drain holes.

Use a terracotta or clay pot 2 inches bigger than the previous pot with multiple drain holes.

Consider repotting them in early spring with a fresh, nutrient-rich potting mix to encourage better growth.

Furthermore, remember to moisten the soil a night before the repotting day to reduce repotting stress.

Carefully follow the regular care with added extra affection to help them recover fast.

5. Regular Pruning

Monstera Laniata requires regular pruning of the old, dying, damaged or diseased leaves.

Unlike Monstera Obliqua and Dilacerata plants, Laniata is often invaded by Thrips, Mealybugs and Spider mites.

Furthermore, they are susceptible to Leaf Spot diseases triggered by overwatering issues that spread like wildfire in high humidity.

In such peril, the only option is to prune off the infected parts; repotting is the only option in critical situations.

Consider applying neem oil or fungicides, and clean the leave with a soapy solution to keep pests and diseases away.

Other than that, prune Laniata only to tame the undesirable growth of the plant in early spring.

Furthermore, if you are pruning them to give them desired shape, save the healthy stems for propagation.

Do you know pests prefer to stay away from Garlic cloves, the scent of Basil, and Mint leaves, so wisely group them with your Monstera Laniata?

Monstera Laniata: All About Growth Rate

Monstera Laniata is an evergreen perennial vining Monstera with a moderately faster growth rate.

Even indoors, they can grow up to 8 feet tall with almost 2 feet width with proper care and maintenance. Meanwhile, outdoor ones can achieve nearly 15 feet in height.

They actively grow and thrive in spring and summer however undergo dormant with no or slow growth in winter.

They are active climbers when provided with solid support using their aerial roots. But they behave like a creeper in the juvenile stage.


The centerpiece of Monstera Laniata is its glorious fenestration all over its huge glossy green leaves.

Each leaf generally contains up to 4 holes on either side of the midribs. But a youngster leaf may not have one which develops with a gradual maturing.

Similarly, the shape of the holes also becomes more elliptical over time.

Monstera laniata on moss pole
Laniata is an excellent climber that easily attains up to 8 feet of height.

The matured leaves can attain a length of up to 2 feet and can be a foot in width with an oval shape.

They have more rounded green stems that look like one and have aerial roots that turn elliptical upon maturity.


Monstera Laniata blooms with a creamy whitish inflorescence that is a foot tall, wrapped in a cold-yellow spathe.

They bloom only after maturing, which usually takes 2-3 years in spring.

After flowering, they bear berry-like fruits which are not safe to eat, unlike the Monstera Deliciosa fruit.

However, indoor Monstera Laniata is unlikely to bear fruit or flower even when provided with optimal care.

Toxicity of Monstera Laniata

According to ASPCA, Monstera Laniata is toxic to pets and humans due to insoluble calcium oxalate.

Oxalate is present in almost plant parts, but their fruit especially contains high concentrations.

However, without consumption, they are completely harmless. So, beware of your pets and kids eating them.

Upon accidental consumption, minor symptoms like swollen mouth and bowel tract, diarrhea, and vomiting kick in.

But a large amount of Laniata consumption can cause problems in breathing due to swollen respiratory tracts.

As a first aid, you can give your pets milk to drink as it reduces the burning sensation. 

Here are a few hotlines you can depend on if you suspect your pet or kid took nibbles out of the plant.

Propagation Methods for Monstera Laniata

Monstera Laniata can be propagated via stem cuttings successfully within 4-6 weeks.

It would be best if you considered propagating Monstera in the active growing season, spring, for better results.

Although the plant produces seeds, propagation via seeds for Monstera is not recommended. But if you are thinking of adventure, you can try propagating Monstera with seeds.

Before starting the propagation steps, ensure you have the tools like a rooting hormone, potting mix and pruning shears.

As Monstera can not be propagated without nodes, ensure to find a healthy stem with at least two leaf nodes.

  • Carefully cut the stem of length 3-7 inches right below a node.
  • Ensure to keep pair of leaves intact on the cut stem.
  • Submerge the stem in a jar filled with water and rooting hormone.
  • Place the jar in a bright place protected from direct sun. Replace the water every 2-3 days.
  • Within a month, new root growth should be visible.
  • Once the root grows over 3-5 inches long, consider transplanting them to a new pot.

Instead of dipping the cut stem in the jar, you can directly plant the cut stem into the fresh potting mix.

But before planting the stem, let the cut stem rest on a moist paper towel until it forms a callus.

Prepare a nutrient-rich soil mix in a small pot, and you may add rooting hormone to encourage optimal root growth.

Now, plant the stem cuttings into the soil, leaving pair of leaves above the soil and misting them every 2-3 days. After a month, you can notice new root growth.

Where to Buy Monstera Laniata?

The exotic fenestration of Monstera Laniata is symmetric, which many others lack. So, they are a bit special, don’t you think?

Here are a few online retailers that have Monstera Laniata for sale.

Sites Delivery
In Succulent LoveShips within a 3-5 days
AmazonWithin 4-5 days
Gulley Green HouseShips within a week days
Canopy PlantShips within 1-4 business
EtsyShips within 3-7 days

Monstera Adansonii Vs. Monstera Laniata

Due to the close resemblance, it is hard to identify which is Monstera Adansonii and which is Laniata.

But there are a few important details that you can use to distinguish and tell exactly which Monstera it is.

FeaturesMonstera AdansoniiMonstera Laniata
LeafSize and Shape: Comparatively smaller pointy oval shape

Texture: Leathery

Color: Matte green
Size and Shape: Larger and elongated oval shape

Texture: Glossy

Color: Dark green
FenestrationFrequency: Sporadic fenestrations

Variegation: Can have variegation
Frequency: Symmetrical fenestrations

Variegation: Can't have colorful variegation
Growth RateOverall Growth: Fast grower with almost 2 feet per year.Overall Growth: Fairly quick
Plant SizeRelatively smallerLarger

Monstera Obliqua Vs. Monstera Laniata

Both of them fall under the same Monstera genus with similar fenestration patterns. Look at the difference below to identify it properly.

FeaturesMonstera ObliquaMonstera Laniata
LeafSize and Shape: Thin, paper-like foot long ovate leaves

Texture: Thin

Color: Green
Size and Shape: Larger and elongated oval shape

Texture: Glossy

Color: Dark green
FenestrationFrequency: Unsymmetrical fenestrations

Variegation: Lacks variegation
Frequency: Symmetrical fenestrations

Variegation: Can't have colorful variegation
Growth RateOverall Growth: Fast grower with almost 2 feet per year.Overall Growth: Fairly quick
Plant SizeRelatively smallerLarger

FAQs About Monstera Laniata

1. What is the Purpose of Holes in the Leaves of Monstera Laniata?

The holes of Monstera make way for water to reach roots. Similarly, in nature, they serve to absorb the dappled sunlight.

2. Is Monstera Laniata Rare?

Monstera Adansonii Laniata is not rare but is rather difficult to find.

Wrapping Up…

Monstera Laniata is an ideal houseplant with aesthetically pleasing foliage but minimal care requirements.

Give your Laniata extra care to decorate your place with beautiful fenestrations. But remember, like reverting Birkin, they may lose fenestration.

So, no compromise with caring for Monstera Laniata.

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