The monkey mask plant is a beautiful monstera plant much beloved for its Swiss-cheese pattern on the leaves and its long stems that will either climb as a vine or trail down from a hanging plant.
It is easy to care for, hardy, and fun to have around, not to mention great for the air in your office and for feng shui energy.
If you don’t have a monkey mask plant yet, why not? It’s time to invest.
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A Monkey Mask Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices
The monkey mask plant, also known as a Monstera adansonii, is a cousin to the Monstera deliciosa, or the Swiss cheese plant. The only difference lies in the size and shape of the leaves. The monkey mask plant tends to have smaller, thinner leaves.
The best reason to have a monkey mask plant at home is for its conversational value. The leaves are so interesting to look at, and it is easy to care for and is a wonderful addition to any home or office.
If you are just introducing plants into your space, the monkey mask is a great start. It will clean the air in your space by absorbing carbon dioxide during the day and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere at night, so this could be a wonderful choice for your bedroom near a bright window.
Are Monkey Mask Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?
All monstera plants are thought to bring good fortune, according to the principles of feng shui. Thus, the monkey mask is sure to bring positive feng shui energy into your space.
Be sure to place it close to an entryway or entrance point in your home to welcome in positivity and repel negativity. If you’re interested in learning more about feng shui and how to bring it into your home or office, check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.
Are Monkey Mask Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?
Monkey masks are both easy to grow and maintain. They are also hardy, so you are unlikely to have problems with this plant under most circumstances.
How Do Monkey Mask Plants Grow?
The monkey mask plant is native to Mexico and South America, so it is used to warmer regions. However, it does not necessarily need tropical humidity as it grows throughout various climates with little problem.
What Kind of Soil Does a Monkey Mask Plant Need?
You don’t have too much to worry about with the soil for your monkey mask plant. Just be sure to plant in a well-draining indoor houseplant soil, so it does not sit in water.
How Much Light Does a Monkey Mask Plant Need?
Monstera plants want medium to low indirect sunlight. Too much sunlight will turn the leaves brown and crispy, and too little light will cause the plant to grow leggy.
A nice corner or wall under a window that gets indirect light will be perfect.
How Much Water Does a Monkey Mask Plant Need?
The monkey mask plant is a drought-tolerant plant. It will not only not call for much water, but it will also likely thank you for watering it less. Except in cases of extreme drought, you are likely to be fine.
If you notice your plant looks a little wilted, just give it some water then be sure to watch it more closely. In general, if you feel moisture when you touch the soil, you can leave it until it is fully dry.
For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoiding these watering mistakes.
Other Conditions that Are Important to a Monkey Mask Plant
It is critical to watch for pests as the monkey mask plant may develop common plant pests like aphids or mealy bugs. If you notice them, simply spray the plant liberally with neem oil several times a week until the bugs are gone.
Monkey Mask Plant Decorating Ideas
This monstera plant is a climber or a trailing plant, so it wants room to grow vertically, either up or down. As such, you should give this plant room to do what it wants.
The best idea is to invest in a moss pole the plant can wrap around and grow up. Failing this, the plant will become top heavy with leaves and end up simply spreading out on the floor.
Another option is to plant your monkey mask in a hanging pot with plenty of space to trail down, and it will continue to grow downward for several feet. Keep it near a window with indirect light to provide it with the nutrients it needs to grow well.
Do Fake Monkey Mask Plants Look Real?
Finally, if you feel like you can’t keep up with the minimal needs of a monkey mask plant, or if you have an allergy that prohibits plants in the home, you might think about a fake version.
The artificial monkey mask plant looks so much like the real thing you will want to reach out and touch it. Where once fake plants looked tacky and either like plastic or paper, today’s artificial greenery can look shockingly real.
You will still get most of the benefits of having this interesting-looking plant at home or in your office. And if you’re worried about being on trend, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.
Fake or real, you can’t go wrong with a monkey mask plant in your space. It will surely bring you joy.
What do you think? Do you have a monkey mask plant in your home or office? What do you love about it? Tell me in the comments. I love to hear from my readers!