Monstera plants, popular for their striking appearance and low maintenance, are a common choice among indoor plant enthusiasts. One question that often arises is whether they can be moved outside and when it’s suitable to do so. In general, Monsteras can be placed outdoors if the climate and conditions are suitable for their growth.
These tropical plants thrive in warm environments, and the key to successfully transitioning them outdoors is to ensure the temperature remains consistently above 60°F (15°C). Also, it’s important to monitor factors such as light exposure, water, and fertilizer needs to prevent any setbacks in their growth while outside.
If you live in an area with a mild climate, you might consider keeping your Monstera outside during the warmer months and bringing it back indoors when temperatures drop. Further precautions and care adjustments will depend on the specific geographical location and varying outdoor conditions.
Ideal Conditions for Monsteras
Monsteras thrive in temperatures ranging from 68°F to 75°F. It’s best to place monsteras outside during warm seasons, when they can benefit from the heat without being exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations.
Consistent moisture is essential for healthy monstera growth. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot, while maintaining a consistently moist, well-draining environment.
Indirect sunlight or filtered light is ideal for monsteras, as their leaves can become sensitive and burn under harsh sunlight. Limit direct sun exposure to 2-3 hours, preferably in the morning when the sun is less strong.
Preparing Your Monstera for the Outdoors
Repotting and Soil
Before moving your Monstera outdoors, it’s essential to repot it in fresh, nutrient-rich soil. Start by selecting a suitable pot, preferably one that’s 2-3 inches larger in diameter than the current pot. The pot should have drainage holes to prevent overwatering.
Next, choose a well-draining soil mix that contains a combination of organic matter like peat moss or coconut coir, perlite or vermiculite for improved drainage, and compost for added nutrients. This will provide your Monstera with the ideal growing conditions for optimal health outdoors.
Acclimating Your Monstera
Monstera plants need a gradual acclimation process to adjust to the outdoor environment. Begin by moving your Monstera to a sheltered, partially shaded location. Over the span of 1-2 weeks, gradually increase the amount of sunlight it receives, but ensure it still gets indirect, filtered sunlight.
Since Monsteras are sensitive to temperature changes, avoid placing them outdoors if the temperature is below 60°F (15°C). Monitor local weather conditions to ensure the temperature remains within the ideal range of 65°F-85°F (18°C-29°C).
Outdoor environments introduce the possibility of pest infestations. Make sure to keep an eye out for pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. To protect your Monstera, follow these preventative measures:
- Inspect your plant regularly for signs of pests and treat any infestations promptly.
- Prune dead or damaged leaves to reduce the hiding places for pests.
- Apply a mild insecticidal soap or neem oil spray to the plant’s leaves as a preventive measure.
By addressing these essential aspects, your Monstera will be well-prepared for a successful transition to the outdoors.
Best Time of Year to Move Monsteras Outside
When considering moving a Monstera plant outdoors, it is essential to take the climate and temperature conditions into account. Ideally, the Monstera should be placed outside when temperatures are consistently above 60°F (15°C) to ensure the plant thrives.
In warmer regions, such as USDA hardiness zones 10 to 12, Monsteras can enjoy the outdoors all year round. However, in zone 8 or 9 regions, it is recommended to wait until April, when temperatures are more suitable for Monstera growth. Be sure to select a location with indirect sunlight, as this will prevent the large leaves from burning.
If you live in a colder climate or unpredictable weather conditions, it is best to bring your Monstera inside during winter months, when temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C). Gradually move the plant outdoors once warmer temperatures return to avoid shocking the Monstera and give it a chance to acclimate to the new environment.
Bringing Your Monstera Back Inside
When nighttime temperatures consistently drop below 55°F (13°C), it’s time to bring your Monstera back inside. Before doing so, carefully inspect the plant for any pests or diseased leaves, and remove them as needed.
You may also want to lightly prune your Monstera to encourage bushier growth once it’s back inside. Gradually reintroduce your plant to indoor conditions by placing it near a bright window with filtered sunlight, avoiding direct sun exposure.
During winter, Monstera plants still need adequate light, so ensure they’re placed near a sunny window. Keep an eye on the temperature, making sure it doesn’t drop below 50°F (10°C), as Monstera plants are sensitive to colder weather. Regularly check for pests and maintain a consistent watering schedule, while also giving the plant enough humidity to stay healthy.
With proper care and attention, your Monstera will continue to thrive indoors throughout the winter months, until it’s warm enough to return outside in the following year.
My name is Daniel Elrod, and I have been houseplant love ever since I was 17. I love how much joy they bring to any room in the home. I’ve always been amazed at how a few pots of flowing leaves can turn a drab and sterile office into an inviting place where people love to work at.