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The Monstera cuttings we send will be happiest in regular tap water for a few weeks. During this time you will see small white tufts appear and then shortly after roots will begin to form. Monstera love growing in water so do not rush this stage, allow some good strong roots to form.

When you are ready to pot up your cutting, choose a standard potting compost mixed with some 1/3 bark and 1/3 perlite. All of these items can be purchased in garden centres or we sell 300g bags which include perlite, bark and food. Your ideal mix should be 2/3 drainage material and 1/3 compost.

Once your cutting has been potted things may seem to stop. New cuttings use most of their energy to develop new roots. Once the root system is established new leaves will form surprisingly quickly. Normal growth is approx one leaf per month during summer.

Monsteras prefer soil that is only very slightly, moist. As epiphytes with aerial roots, they are sensitive to overwatering. Typically, you shouldn’t have to water your Monstera more than once every 2 weeks. If the top 2 inches of the soil is dry, your plant could use a drink.

The variegated Monstera has very similar care to that of solid green Monstera deliciosa. The main difference is the white portion of the variegated leaves can easily burn if placed in direct sunshine. Indirect bright light is ideal.

I can promise that these cuttings are virtually indestructible so relax and enjoy your new plant

The name philodendron is derived from the Greek words philo (love) and dendron (tree).

Philodendron love bright indirect sunlight for perfect growth.

They need a substrate which drains very quickly and does not hold water on the roots. We suggest a simple mix made from equal quantities of compost, perlite and bark chippings. By using this mix you can water as much as you want, simply empty the saucer so that the plant never sits in water.

You will often see mention of wood-based charcoal, Coconut Fiber, Fir bark, worm castings and many other additions. If you are new to Philodendron, just go with the basic mix we suggest, then as your experience grows you can research whether you wish to use other mixes.

Philodendron are one of the least likely plants to struggle with insects however as with all plants a periodical check under the leaves is recommended.

Philodendron are tropical plants, so higher humidity will promote lush growth and shiny foliage. Although they will tolerate lower humidity levels, misting the plant regularly will help it thrive. Brown leaf tips usually indicate that the humidity level is too low.

There are so many different Anthurium – luckily, they all have similar requirements.

Humidity: Anthurium love humidity! Best to keep them in a humid room like a bathroom or purchase a humidifier. They originate from humid and hot rainforests, so will thrive in a moist air environment.

Good drainage: Anthurium are epiphytes which means in their natural habitat they grow on other plants, using their aerial roots to attach themselves onto limbs of trees. Pot them in a well draining soil mix composed of orchid bark, perlite and a rich compost.

Light: These plants love some bright indirect light. Remember to keep them out of direct sunlight.