How to grow and care for Five Holes Plant (Monstera standleyana) Indoors

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Five Holes Plant, Monstera standleyana

Botanical name: Monstera standleyana
Family: Araceae
Common name: Five Holes Plant

Five Holes Plant Description

Five Holes Plant bears upright, oval, dark-green leaves which are striped with white and silvery speckles. Each leaf has a unique pattern which makes this decorative plant spectacular.

Five Holes Plant Size

The Five Holes Plant grows as a climber and can grow to a height of 12-15 ft. It can also be grown in a hanging basket. The stems in Five Holes Plant has a wide, butterfly-like shape.

Five Holes Plant Origin

Five Holes Plant is native to the tropical rainforests of Central America in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama.

Five Holes Plant Varieties

Three variants of the Five Holes Plant are available. The first one is Monstera standleyana Variegated White which has white speckles on the foliage and stem.

The second one is Monstera standleyana albo Variegata which has portions of the plant in white discoloration.

The third one is Monstera standleyana Variegated Yellow which has yellowish-cream portions, speckles and stripes on the leaves.

Monstera standleyana is sometimes incorrectly labelled as Philodendron standleyana or Philodendron Cobra due to its close resemblance to Philodendrons.

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Five Holes Plant, Monstera standleyana

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Five Holes Plant (Monstera standleyana) Care Indoors

Five Holes Plant Light Requirements

Five Holes Plant grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight as it can cause sunscorch on the leaves.

Position your Five Holes Plant next to a sunless window or near a bright window to maintain the variegation. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Five Holes Plant

Water Five Holes Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease which can result in the eventual death of your plant.


Temperature for Five Holes Plant

The best temperature for growing Five Holes Plant indoors is an average warmth with a minimum of 150C.

Protect your Five Holes Plant from cold draughts. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Five Holes Plant

Average room humidity is ideal for Five Holes Plant. When the air is too dry, set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Occasionally clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and also discourage pest infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Five Holes Plant

Feed Five Holes Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Five Holes Plant

Repot Five Holes Plant annually during the growing season when it becomes root-bound; roots grow through the drainage hole.

Use a pot 1 size larger and one that has a drainage hole for your Five Holes Plant to prevent the soil from becoming soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

The best soil for Five Holes Plant should be free-draining and rich in organic matter.

How to Prune Five Holes Plant

Pruning Five Holes Plant is easy. Remove yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

When your Five Holes Plant becomes too large and unruly cut back the stems to the desired level to rejuvenate growth.

The stems can be used to propagate new Five Holes Plants. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Five Holes Plant (Monstera standleyana) Propagation

Five Holes Plant propagation can be done at the beginning of the growing period by use of stem cuttings. The Five Holes Plant stem cuttings can be rooted in soil or in water.

How to propagate Five Holes Plant from stem cuttings in soil

Take a stem cutting about 4-6 in. long from a healthy Five Holes Plant by cutting at a point just below an aerial root.

Ensure the Five Holes Plant cutting has at least 2 nodes and some aerial roots.

Strip the lower leaves and insert at least 3 in. of the Five Holes Plant cutting in moist free-draining soil.

Place the set up in a shaded, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges.

Allow the new Five Holes Plant to be well established before transplanting to individual pots.

How to propagate Five Holes Plant from stem cuttings in water

Take a stem cutting about 4-6 in. long from a healthy Five Holes Plant by cutting at a point just below an aerial root.

Ensure the Five Holes Plant cutting has at least 2 nodes and some aerial roots.

Strip the lower leaves and place at least 3 in. of the cutting in a jar of plain water.

Place the set up in a well-lit spot and change the water every 7-10 days.

Once adequate roots have developed, plant the Five Holes Plant cutting in soil.

Place the set up in a well-lit, shaded place and maintain the soil moist through out.

Allow the new Five Holes Plant to be well established before transplanting to individual pots.

Five Holes Plant, Monstera standleyana

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Five Holes Plant (Monstera standleyana) Problems Indoors

Five Holes Plant no perforation

The young leaves of Five Holes Plant may not be perforated but in mature leaves there are four possible causes of lack of perforation.

One possible cause of lack of perforation in your Five Holes Plant is inadequate light.

Move your Five Holes Plant to a brighter spot and ensure the plant is receiving bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight as it can cause sunscorch on the leaves.

The second possible cause of lack of perforation in Five Holes Plant is cold air due to cold draughts.

Protect your Five Holes Plant from cold draughts and ensure it is receiving an average warmth with a minimum of 150C.

The third possible cause of lack of perforation in Five Holes Plant is underwatering.

Water your Five Holes Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings but never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

The fourth possible cause of lack of perforation in Five Holes Plant is underfeeding. Feed your Five Holes Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

In tall plants, the possible cause of lack of perforation in your Five Holes Plant is likely to be failure of water reaching the uppermost leaves.

Ensure the aerial roots of your Five Holes Plant are pushed into the compost or allowed to grow into a moist support inorder to supply water and nutrients to the upper leaves.

Five Holes Plant yellowing leaves

There are four possible causes of yellowing leaves in Five Holes Plant.

One cause of Five Holes Plant yellow leaves is overwatering if many leaves are affected and there are signs of wilting and rotting.

Water your Five Holes Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

The second cause of Five Holes Plant yellowing leaves is underfeeding if there is no wilting and rotting.

Feed your Five Holes Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

The third cause of Five Holes Plant yellowing leaves is underwatering if only lower leaves are affected and have dark spots and new leaves are dark and small.

Water your Five Holes Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings but never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

The fourth cause of Five Holes Plant yellowing leaves is exposure to direct sunlight if leaves are pale colored and have straw-colored patches the cause is too much sunlight. Protect your Five Holes Plant from direct sunshine.

Five Holes Plant losing leaves

As the lower leaves of Five Holes Plant age, they fall but if there is an abnormal loss of leaves the reason is sudden change of growing conditions.

Avoid sudden changes in the growing conditions for your Five Holes Plant. Gradually acclimatize it to the new growing conditions before moving it to a new position.

If the Five Holes Plant leaves turn brown and dry before they fall then high temperature is the cause.

Ensure your Five Holes Plant is receiving an average warmth with a minimum of 150C.

Five Holes Plant rotting stems

Rotting stems in Five Holes Plant is an indication of fungal stem-rot disease which is promoted by high moisture and too little warmth.

You can save Five Holes Plant by repotting and keeping the soil dry and warm for a period of time.

Five Holes Plant brown papery leaf tips and edges

One possible reason for leaves with brown papery tips and edges in Five Holes Plant is dry air.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Five Holes Plant. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second possible cause of leaves with brown papery tips and edges in Five Holes Plant is that the plant may be pot-bound.

Repot your Five Holes Plant into a pot 1 size larger and one that has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from becoming soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Five Holes Plant leggy growth and small pale leaves

Too little light is the cause of leggy growth with small pale leaves as Five Holes Plant will not thrive in deep shade.

Move your Five Holes Plant to a more brighter spot where it is receiving bright light but away from direct sunshine.

Five Holes Plant leaves weeping at the edges

If the soil is too wet, Five Holes Plant will respond with leaves weeping at the edges.

Allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings and reduce frequency of watering for your Five Holes Plant.

Five Holes Plant diseases

Five Holes Plant is prone to leaf spot disease.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat the disease appropriately.

Five Holes Plant pests

Five Holes Plant pests; Mealy Bugs, Scale Insects, Aphids, and Spider Mites. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat the pests appropriately.

Is Five Holes Plant (Monstera standleyana) toxic?

Five Holes Plant (Monstera standleyana) is mildly toxic to humans and toxic to pets.

If Five Holes Plant is ingested it can cause pain and swelling in the mouth, tongue and lips, vomiting, excessive drooling and difficulty in swallowing.

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