Monstera Pinnatipartita Care – The Ultimate Plant Care Guide

This is a comprehensive guide about growing and caring for monstera pinnatipartita, a rare houseplant species.

Monstera Pinnatipartita Care - The Ultimate Plant Care Guide

Planning to add a monstera pinnatipartita to your indoor plant collection?

Well, that’s a great idea since this plant will make any spot in your home look better aesthetically.

It is an expensive rare plant that is very hard to get in the first place. If you find one, then it’s time to see how to care for them.

In this article, I will be going through all the details you need to identify and grow a monstera pinnatipartita plant indoors. The topic includes,

Without any more fluff, let’s get started.

Monstera Pinnatipartita At A Glance

Monstera pinnatipartita is an outstanding, evergreen tropical houseplant native to South America especially Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. This monstera is a climber in the wild, you’ll find it climbing up trees in the forest. 

Monstera pinnatipartita is also a highly sought-after variety with amazing features. Perhaps the most interesting and impressive feature of this monstera is how its leaves switch up from early to mature stages. 

The leaves of this variety of monstera are usually bicolored with silvery patterns when young. And as the plant matures, it becomes dark green with fenestration, giving it an exciting detail. 

However, the leaves of this variety are more pinnated and fenestrated, the leaves divide up until the midrib, offering a feathery appearance instead of a swiss cheese look. 

You’ll love this houseplant for its breathtaking leaves, it can add a vibrant, exotic look to any indoor space. Monstera pinnatipartita can be grown both in pots indoors and outdoors in the garden. 

Monstera Pinnatipartita Care – Ideal Conditions

Monstera pinnatipartita is quite easy to care for, its basic requirements are indirect light, moderate moisture level, and temperature. It’s important to have a regular care routine for your plant. Most pests and diseases plant owners deal with can be avoided when they properly care for their plants. 

Monstera pinnatipartita has a more specific requirement, but if you’ve taken care of any other monstera species, you should easily grow a happy Monstera pinnatipartita!

Light Needs

Monstera pinnatipartita is a climber, it needs bright, indirect sunlight to grow well. This plant can survive anywhere inside your home as it can tolerate low light, but it grows much slower in such lower lighting conditions. 

Plus, the leaves would grow sparsely and get darker than usual. You’ll also want to keep monstera pinnatipartita away from areas like sunny windows that get intense sunlight to prevent the leaves from burning

To appropriately care for your monstera pinnatipartita, place it in a bright area of your home with indirect sunlight. If you want to grow a tall, healthy plant, a bright shade would do you a lot of good. 

Soil Requirements

Monstera pinnatipartita adapts to most soil conditions, but the best way to care for your gorgeous plant is by replicating the soil conditions in its natural environment. 

Monstera pinnatipartita prefers moist, but not soggy soil conditions. This houseplant requires a well-draining potting mix with plenty of organic matter. So you’ll need mulch, compost, and perlite, they’ll help prevent root rot as they’ll ensure good drainage.  

When preparing your soil mix, add organic matter. The best soil for this Monstera species would contain 50% organic matter. 

Watering Schedule

If you want to grow healthy monstera pinnatipartita, it’s important to water your plant appropriately. This house plant prefers moist soil. 

As a rule of thumb, make sure to check your soil before watering your plant. Only water your monstera pinnatipartita when your soil is dry. You don’t want to add water to the soil when it’s still humid. 

Your watering schedule would largely depend on your temperature, lighting, and plant age. This monstera has medium watering needs, watering it once a week is ideal. You could train your monstera pinnatipartita to get used to this schedule. 

So you want to pour a particular amount of water over your plant on the same day of every week. This way, you’ll have a specific schedule for plant watering and help your plant grow better. 

If you live in a much warmer climate, you’ll need to water these plants twice a week. It’s important to water your Monstera thoroughly until you notice the excess water flowing through the drainage holes of your pot. 

Temperature Requirements

Monstera pinnatipartita thrives in warm temperatures ranging from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit (18-27°C). Temperatures under 50°F (10°C) can kill monstera pinnatipartita leaves. This is a tropical plant, it can’t withstand cold weather. They start to get injured on the leaves when exposed to cold weather. You’ll need to provide this houseplant with warm temperatures just like its natural environment. 

An easy way to do this is to create a grove for your plant, you can grow monstera pinnatipartita with other plants like Pothos. This will help to create a warm environment for your plant. 

Also, make sure to keep it away from draft or intense heaters that can freeze the leaves or heaters that can scorch them!

Monstera pinnatipartita grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 12.

Humidity Requirements

Monstera pinnatipartita does really well in moderate humidity conditions. This houseplant gets a lot of rain in its natural environment, so it wouldn’t mind high humidity either. Anything above 60% humidity is ideal for this monstera variety. 

If you’re dealing with a much lower moisture level, there are several things you can do to boost humidity. You can place a bowl of water and pebble around your area or even grow this plant alongside other houseplants to create a sort of microclimate. 

Keeping your precious monstera pinnatipartita in the bathroom where the moisture level is high can also be very helpful if there’s adequate lighting.

Monstera Pinnatipartita Propagation

There are several ways to propagate monstera pinnatipartita, but you’ll want to make sure you have one at home. You’ll be needing parts of mature plants to propagate new ones. 

And while propagation can be done in Summer, the best time to propagate your plant is in Spring, at this time plants will get enough time to develop roots and grow well. 

Monstera pinnatipartita is usually propagated by stem cutting in water or soil mix, but it can also be propagated using root divisions. Here, we’ll be discussing both methods in detail. 

Stem Cutting

You can grow monstera pinnatipartita through stem cuttings, they can take their roots in soil or water from the stem. 

Propagating in soil

To propagate monstera pinnatipartita in soil, you’ll need a sharp pair of scissors or knives, a good container, and well-draining potting soil. 

  • The first thing to do is to prepare an ideal potting mix, a mix of 50% peat moss and 50% perlite should be just perfect for your plant. Prepare your potting mix in your container and water the soil thoroughly until excess water flows through drainage holes. 
  • Next, cut out a mature stem of 4-6 inches with at least 2 leaf nodes using a sharp pair of clean scissors or knife. You’ll need to cut a stem from a healthy, mature plant, and you’ll also want to go for plants with aerial roots.
  • Now, remove the lower leaves (leaving out the upper leaves) and then place the leaves in the already prepared soil.
  • To plant your monstera pinnatipartita, make a hole poking your fingers in the soil and place the stem cuttings. You’ll need to properly place the stem under the soil so they root very quickly. 
  • Finally, take the container to a bright shade where it’ll get adequate indirect sunlight. It’s important to keep the soil moist. 

With this, the roots should be out in 1-2 weeks. It’s also a good idea to transfer your plant to a potting mix after 8 weeks. 

Propagating in water

  • To propagate monstera pinnatipartita in water, start by selecting an ideal container for your plant. Definitely, a narrow container wouldn’t do your plant any good, it’ll damage the roots. So you want a deep glass container that’s wide enough and ideal for your plant.
  • Next thing is to prepare your stem cuttings and fill up the selected container with clean water. 
  • Now, place the cuttings in the water in such a way that the leaves are above the water. 
  • Finally, move your plant to an environment with suitable lighting and temperature. 

And just like the already discussed method, you’ll notice new roots sprouting from the nodes in one or two weeks, but make sure to change the plant water every 3-4 days to keep it looking nice. It’ll be nice to place your plant in a soil mix eight weeks after the roots appear. 

Root Division

Root division is a great method for propagating snake plants and philodendron, but it isn’t the best method for monstera pinnatipartita. This is because monstera varieties hardly grow many suckers. But root division can work if your plant has suckers. 

The best time for root division is in spring or early summer, your plant needs time to grow and thrive. For the root division method, you’ll need a good container, well-draining soil, and a pruning knife. 

  • The first thing to do is to prepare your soil. Simply fill your well-draining potting mix into the pot/container. 
  • Now, carefully remove the healthy, mature plant from its container and gently take off the excess soil. 
  • At this point, you should select a well-rooted sucker and cut it from the mature plant using your pruning knife. 
  • The next thing to do is to plant the sucker in your already prepared soil and add up more soil to cover up the nodes after planting. Make sure you replant it when mature in a bigger container. 

Pruning Monstera Pinnatipartita

Pruning helps to control the size, shape, and appearance of your plant. If you want to keep this monstera variety looking beautiful, you’ll need to prune it now and then. The best time to prune monstera pinnatipartita is during growing seasons such as Spring and early summer. 

To prune this plant, use a sterilized pruning knife or garden shares to gently take off dead, damaged, or diseased yellow leaves. This would help in deterring pests, and allow your plant to focus energy on promoting newer growth. 

If you’d like to give your plant a bushy look, you can prune off the stems. After pruning, another thing you’ll like to do to keep your plant free from pests is wiping the leaves with a damp cloth and then wiping the leaves dry to prevent bacteria growth. 

Wrapping Up

Many people mistake monstera pinnatipartita for philodendron bipinnatifidum, a split-leaf philodendron. Both plants are quite similar, but monstera pinnatipartita has become very popular with both indoor gardeners and homeowners. 

This plant is stunning and its unique leaf splitting makes it irresistible. The most exciting part of growing this monstera is watching it transform from a juvenile to a mature plant with split leaves. If you’ve just added this plant to your collection, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you care for your lovely plant and even propagate new ones. 

Always make sure to place your plant in an ideal spot with bright indirect light and temperature so you keep it looking good. 


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

  1. Notes on Monstera minima Madison (Araceae) in Colombia and Panama, Abteilung Systematische Botanik, Germany
  2. Nomenclatural and taxonomic notes on Costa Rican Araceae, Missouri Botanical Garden
  3. A Revision Of Monstera, Harvard University Herbaria

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