Monstera Laniata Care – The Ultimate Guide

This is an ultimate growing guide for the rare variety monstera laniata, a subspecies of monstera adansonii.

Monstera Laniata - The Ultimate Care Guide

Monstera laniata is a highly sought-after houseplant adored by most homeowners. 

It brings in a desirable, tropical “feel” to every space. It’s a rare monstera variety that signifies luxury. 

The most stunning feature of this monstera is its unique leaves, you’ve got to love them! If you have just got a monstera laniata or you’re looking to purchase one, then it’s important to understand the care requirements of this gorgeous plant. 

Monstera adansonii laniata is very easy to care for, but you’ll need to be mindful of its soil, temperature, light, and humidity requirements. 

If you want to learn how you can properly care for your monstera laniata without much stress, read this article carefully.

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Monstera Adansonii Laniata Profile

Scientific Name(s)Monstera adansonii var. laniata
Common Name(s)Shingle Plant
NativeSouth America
Plant TypeTropical, Evergreen, Vine
Juvenile Leaf Size5 to 8 inches
Mature Plant Size~20 ft (6m)
FlowerYes, only in matured plant
USDA Hardiness Zone11b – 12
Temperature60 – 850F (15 to 300C)
Humidity50 – 80%
Growth RateMedium
Light ExposurePartial sun or indirect bright light
Soil Peat Moss + Pine Bark + Leaf Mold
Soil pHSlightly acidic to neutral
ToxicityToxic to both humans and animals

Monstera Adansonii Laniata Identification

Monstera laniata can be a bit difficult to identify and it’s often mixed up with monstera adansonii, both plants are very similar. 

Some people even refer to monstera laniata as the monstera adansonii. 

But monstera laniata is actually a subspecies of the monstera adansonii and this is why they look very similar. 

However, one remarkable feature of monstera adansonii laniata is its leaves.  The leaves of this plant are deep green and very shiny, giving it has a reflective detail. 

Younger plants often have narrower leaves, but when mature, monstera laniata develops gorgeous, large leaves and very unique fenestrations. 

With this monstera, you can encourage even more fenestrations on the leaves by allowing your plant to climb and giving it adequate lighting. 

Monsters laniata also have pale yellow flowers on their spadix and are enclosed by a yellow-cream spathe. 

Let us do a more detailed analysis of the similarities and differences between the monstera laniata and the monstera adonsonii below.

Monstera Adansonii vs Monstera Laniata

It would take a proper observation for you to notice that monstera adonsonii and monstera adonsonii laniata aren’t the same plants, this is because they look very similar and one may not easily differentiate between the two.

However, under this subsection, we are going to try to differentiate between the two and also note major similarities between the two monstera plants. 

It is important to note like earlier stated that the monstera laniata is a subspecies of the monstera adonsonii. The two plants have so many things in common. 

One of the similarities of the two monsteras is that both have a thorough fenestration on their leaves. Also, it could be noticed that both of them have round/oval leaf forms. 

They also have thin vine-like stems and have been described to have elongated leaves. Another obvious comparable feature of monstera laniata and monstera adansonii is that both of them are tropical plants and they have similar care requirements.

However, you can tell monstera laniata from the popular monstera adonsonii, when you take a closer look at the underside of the leaves, monstera laniata leaves are more glossy than other species of the monstera houseplant. 

Monstera laniata also has deeper green color leaves than the andosonii.

Both plants also have a different pattern of fenestration. 

Monstera laniata has larger fenestrations when compared to the monstera adansonii and the holes are much closer to the leaf’s mid vein. The fenestration on monstera laniata gets even bigger as the plant ages. 

Monstera Laniata Care

It is one thing to purchase a houseplant and yet another thing altogether to be able to care for it properly. 

You must note that monstera adansonii laniata is a natural climber and it also does very well in pots. Totems or trellis would help you effectively care for the plant as it is a natural climber.

Monstera laniata is very difficult to get, but they are not very difficult to care for. All you need is the right information. 

And this is why we’ve provided you the ultimate monstera laniata care guide and requirements below:

Soil Requirements

To properly care for your monstera adansonii laniata, you must provide it with light, well-draining soil which is what it requires to grow well

Adequate, well-draining soil helps the plant let go of excess water; a good draining soil for the plant helps to prevent waterlogging.

If you try using heavy potting soil for your monstera laniata, it will hold on to moisture and you will be shocked how this would affect the plant’s roots. 

You must therefore get potting soil with good drainage in addition to a pot with drainage holes for your plant.

Getting the right type of soil described above for your plant isn’t such a big deal, you can simply prepare one for your plant with a mix of coco pair, perlite, compost, coco fiber, and orchid bark. 

Another alternative is to purchase such a type of soil from the local garden store near you.


Monstera laniata needs the right temperature to grow well. Monstera laniata is native to South America and is used to tropical and subtropical conditions.

The region is characterized by hot, humid weather with ample sunlight. Therefore, monstera laniata does very well in moderate to warm weather. 

If you wish to grow it indoors, ensure that it has temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit as it does better in such temperatures.


This monstera requires moderate to bright indirect light to grow healthily. Monstera adansonii laniata grows under the forest canopy and is used to the indirect sunlight. 

This lovely plant doesn’t tolerate long exposure to direct sun or very intense light. Intense sunlight will burn its leaves and cause diseases to the plant.

If you want to grow the plant indoors, you should position it just before an east or north-facing window. 

If you intend to use west or south-facing windows, make sure to keep this monstera a few feet from the window to protect it from the sun’s direct rays.


The Monstera laniata loves water. But be very careful not to overwater it. Overwatering your monstera laniata will make its root rot and this can eventually kill the plant. So be very cautious while supplying water to the plant.

Ideally, you should water your monstera laniata once every week during summer and maybe once every 2 to 3 weeks during winter. 

The goal is to keep the soil moist even during summer when the sun sets and the weather is warm as potting soil dries up faster in these conditions.

But in winter, try keeping the soil much drier as the cold weather and less sunlight prolongs the drying out periods. 

Alternatively, you can prevent overwatering by checking your soil before supplying water to the plant.

You check for soil dryness by sticking your finger down 2 inches into the soil. This comes out to around the second knuckle of your index finger. 

If you notice that the soil at that depth feels dry, then it is high time you watered It. But if you notice that the soil is still very moist wait a few more days and check again before watering.


The monstera adansonii laniata does very well in a place of high-level humidity. Keep the humidity level high as the plant is healthier in such conditions. 

This means that your lovely tropical monstera laniata requires at least an average humidity level. But it’ll be happier in an above-average humidity level; anything from 50% and above is great for this plant.

Monstera laniata will survive even in places of lower humidity. But make sure you don’t go below 40%. Monstera problems like leaf tip crisping and brown edges are some of the symptoms of low humidity.

If you notice the above, quickly spray your monstera laniata with water once every few days. This is because misting helps to increase moisture in the air, although temporarily, and this is the reason why you must repeat the misting now and then.

You can also raise the humidity level of the plant by the use of a humidifier for more accuracy.


You can use ordinary houseplant fertilizer for your monstera laniata. If you are not too sure about the strength of the fertilizer, you can then try half-strength instead.

It is important that you fertilize monstera adansonii laniata once every three weeks during the growing season. Do not fertilize this plant in winter. 

Best Place To Grow Monstera Laniata

When looking for the best spot to grow monstera laniata, you must consider its natural habitat. You need to create an environment similar to its natural habitat for it to grow well.

Monstera Laniata is a climbing evergreen tropical plant that grows in warm and humid tropical rainforests. The plant does very well in USDA hardiness zone of 11b -12.

This entails that the monstera laniata can be best grown in a greenhouse or shade with an imitating tropical environment of the plant’s natural habitat.

The shade must have an imitating temperature of more than 60° Fahrenheit and a very high humidity level of about 60% or even more.

Just like earlier stated you can equally grow your monstera adansonii laniata indoors but ensure that you raise the humidity level by using a humidifier or a shade cloth.

Please note that the monstera laniata loves to climb, so whether you are growing it indoors or outdoors, ensure you provide totem or trellis that the plant can climb just beside the pot of the plant.

Pruning Monstera Laniata

You can prune your monstera laniata when you notice leaf curl, wilt, or yellowing. What you’ll need for this are a sterilized pruning knife or shears. You can also remove a few branches in the rainy season. 

This will help you to achieve a fuller, fresher, and shapely plant. As you prune, don’t forget to use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the dust off your plant.

Repotting Monstera Laniata

To properly care for your monstera laniata, you must repot the plant once you notice that the roots are overgrowing the former pot and when you discover that the potting soil has been waterlogged.

You can repot your Monstera adansonii laniata after about 1 to 2 years or if root-bound. The best time to repot your monstera laniata is during the growing season, that is during spring or summer. 

However if you discover that your plant has root rot, you can repot it as soon as possible as any further delay might kill the plant.

To report your plant, first select a pot that is 2 to 3 inches wider in diameter and deep enough to fit the roots. Also, make sure your pot has good drainage holes.

Then you can remove your plant from the former pot carefully. If you discover that the plant is root bound, carefully separate it before placing it in a new potting mix.

Monstera Laniata Propagation

There are many reasons why you’ll want to propagate your monstera laniata. You may want to reproduce the plant or care for your plant when the roots start overgrowing its container.

The best time for propagating your monstera adansonii laniata is during spring, this is when your stem cuttings will have enough time to grow. There are two common methods you can use to propagate this plant – stem cuttings and root division

The best method however is the stem cutting method. The steps below would help you propagate your plant using the stem cutting method: 

Step 1

Find a healthy stem of your plant and cut out at least 6 inches with two nodes and a few leaves.

Step 2

Remove the lower leaves of your monstera and ensure you dip the end cut off the stem into hormone rooting to help your plant root faster.

Step 3

Try using a finger to poke in your soil mix, then put in your plant stem cutting. Make sure the soil covers a few nodes.

Step 4

Now place your container in an ideal location.

Monstera Laniata Toxicity

Monstera laniata is a very beautiful plant, but it is toxic and may not be safe for both pets and humans. It contains insoluble calcium oxalates.

Never in any way consume the leaves or stem of the plant. If you have children or pets, keep monstera laniata out of their reach. 

This plant can cause severe mouth irritation, pain, and redness. 

Some of the symptoms include the red, swollen tongue, lip, or mouth and swallowing difficulties. 

Common Problems Of Monstera Laniata

The most common problems of the monstera laniata are leaf yellowing, curling, wilting, dropping or browning leaves, and root rot, these can occur as a result of both overwatering and underwatering

To prevent these problems, ensure you always check your soil and water only when necessary. 

Another important factor when it comes to watering is your soil, make sure you have well-draining soil and a pot with good drainage capability.

Other Monstera Varieties To Consider

If you have a tight gardening budget, you might not be able to afford even a single stem cutting of Monstera Laniata.

In such instances, you might experiment with some of the other monstera varieties to give your home an aesthetic upgrade.

Some of the other available monstera varieties to consider are,

Monstera Adansonii Laniata Care – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In this section, I will be answering some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the monstera laniata plant and its care guidelines.

Is monstera laniata rare?

Yes, monstera laniata is also known as monstera adansonii laniata is an uncommon plant that is not readily available.

Is monstera laniata and monstera adansonii are same?

They are not the same plant, but monstera laniata is a subspecies of monstera adansonii. They have slight differences in the leaves. Monstera adansonii is a commonly seen houseplant, whereas monstera adansonii laniata is uncommon and rare.

How much is monstera laniata?

Monstera Laniata is a very rare plant that is not easily available. For a single stem cutting, you may need to shell out hundreds of dollars and fully rooted plants are sold online in the range of $2000 to $4000.

Wrapping Up

Monstera laminate is very difficult to find. If you have this unique plant in your home, it’ll be great to take care of it so it’ll last really long. 

The good news is that you can easily keep this plant happy and healthy if you follow the care procedures discussed in this article. 


To back up the information we provide in our articles, the Plantials team only uses high-quality sources published in peer-reviewed university and research journals.

  1. A Revision Of Monstera (Araceae), Harvard University Herbaria
  2. A Taxonomic Revision Of Monstera Adans. In Costa Rica, Repositorio Institucional De La Universidad De Costa Rica.
  3. The Araceae In Ceará, Brazil: Humid Forest Plants In A Semi-Arid Region

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