Best Pot For Monstera

If your Monstera has outgrown its nursery planter, it is time to repot into a new, more mature container.  But what pot do you choose to showcase your beautiful plant? What is the best pot for your Monstera?

The best pot for monstera plant should have drainage holes for excess water flow and be of sturdy material to hold a heavy plant.  The correct size is essential so that the soil roots can take up most of the width and depth, and it should be deep enough to hold a moss pole.

Making sure that your Monstera will continue to grow and thrive in its new pot, you must choose the pot that will meet all the care requirements for your plant.  This article will give you some informative options to decide which pot is best.

What Type Of Pot Is Best Suited To The Monstera Plant

There are a few essential requirements when choosing the best pot for your Monstera plant, and you will need to consider the following:

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Drainage

The ideal pot should have drainage holes at the bottom to allow excess water to flow out. Monstera plants do not like their soil to stay wet as this could cause root rot, and a pot without drainage will hold onto extra water at the bottom.

Size And Material

Young Monstera plants do well in small pots of about 8 inches in diameter, and for mature and larger plants, pots of 24 inches in width are ideal.    Often when the Monstera outgrows their containers, the roots become so big that they will emerge from the drainage holes. Because the roots of the Monstera plant are so strong, a pot made of hardy material is better suited.

Containers that are too big will hold too much moisture, and the areas with no roots will stay wet for longer, causing root rot.  If the pot is too small, the plant becomes top-heavy and will fall over, and the leaves become droopy.  The soil will dry out quickly or will no longer hold moisture, and the roots will protrude from the bottom of the pot.

The correct size pot should be where the soil roots (not the aerial roots) can take up most of the width and depth with just a little space for growth on each side (1/2 to 1 inch).

If required, the pot must be deep enough to hold a stake or moss pole to support the Monsteras natural growth pattern and keep it from taking up too much space in the pot.

Soil Requirements

The Monstera plant prefers a soil mix with a slightly acidic pH (5.5 – 6.5), one part peat moss, one part perlite, and four parts pine bark fines. The ratio of root to soil must be well balanced as too much soil will keep moist and lead to root rot.  If there is not enough soil and the roots are filling up most of the pot, you will need to water too frequently.

Pot Required For Indoor Or Outdoor

The plant that grows indoors is protected from the hot sun and wind, and you can control the amount of watering.  If the pot stands outdoors, it will be impacted by the sun, wind, and rain.

If the region receives good rainfall, it will be necessary to have more drainage holes for excess water release.  You could also increase the amount of perlite or sand in the potting mix for better drainage in climates with heavy rainfall.

If the Monstera receives a lot of sun, its container should hold onto the water for longer.  In windy areas, make sure that the pot is heavy enough not to fall over, but if it is very windy, it would be better to bring the Monstera indoors as the wind could damage the leaves.

Also Check: Bacterial Leaf Spot On Monstera

Types Of Pots

An array of beautiful pots awaits you in stores and nurseries, but which pot to choose that is best suited for your Monstera plant.  These are the five general types of pots available for you to purchase:

Plastic Garden Pots

Plastic pots are the most common type of container for plants.  Most plants are sold in plastic containers, and these types of containers are available for purchase.  However, plastic pots have become more popular, and there are many different types of plastic materials in various shapes and sizes available for housing plants. 

These pots are lightweight, flexible, strong, and affordable, and are excellent for moisture-loving plants. On the downside, plastic is not eco-friendly and is a non-permeable material, and often soil remains damp, and during summer days, the soil can overheat.  Because the pot is lightweight, this could cause large plants that become heavier as they grow to topple over. If kept outdoors, the plastic will fade in the bright sun.

Resin Pots

Resin pots are made from a blend of low-density polyethylene, which has three durable layers; a solid core, a center protective layer, and an outer shell.  These containers can withstand temperature variations, making them ideal for outdoor plants. 

Resin is lightweight but heavy enough not to be knocked over by the wind or heavy plants.  It is stain resistant, and the color will not fade too quickly when exposed to sunlight.

These pots are not as environmentally friendly as some other containers, and they are quite expensive to purchase.

Clay Pots

Monstera in a clay pot

Unglazed Clay pots are very porous, so more air and moisture can penetrate the container’s sides and bottom.  These pots help remove excess moisture from potting soil; the pot’s walls are thick and keep the cold out, and they are heavy, so they will not be easily knocked over. 

Clay pots are visually appealing, and they are a sustainable sauce and so are environmentally friendly.  However, they dry more quickly, which is not good for moisture-loving plants, and they easily break when mishandled or dropped.

Terracotta Pots

This container is porous, allowing excess moisture to evaporate and helps keep the plant’s roots from drowning.  Terracotta pots have lovely earthy tones, making them attractive, affordable, and readily available.  You can use these containers for indoor and outdoor plants.

Terracotta pots do not do well in cold weather, so using them outside could cause them to crack or break.  Plants that prefer moist conditions would need to be watered more frequently.  These pots often develop a white, crusty layer on the outside.  You can easily scrub off the white layer. 

Related: Baby Monstera – Detailed Care Guide

Cachepots

Cachepots are decorative containers that are used indoors.  Plants are planted into a separate plastic pot (cachepot planter), a saucer is placed at the bottom of the cachepot, and then the planter is placed inside the decorative container.

When watering the plant, the planter will drain excess water through the drain hole into the bottom saucer of the cachepot.  Replacing plants is easy with no mess, and no repotting is required; add a new planter to the pot.

The downside of this container is the irrigation which could cause fungi and pests if the plant is left to stand in water.  To alleviate this problem, remove the planter from the cachepot when watering and allow draining over a sink before placing it back in the pot.

Which Pot Is Best For Monstera And Why

After considering all the options and looking at the available pots, the best pot for the Monstera indoors would be a plastic or nursery planter inside a decorative cachepot. 

  • The plastic planter is quite light and will be easy to repot when required. This planter will have drain holes to allow for drainage and a plastic draining tray to hold excess water.  A good tip is to drain the excess water from the tray with a plastic basting syringe so that the bottom of the planter will not lie in water.

    Use a moss totem pole to give the Monstera’s aerial roots something to hold onto and allow the plant to continue growing upward.  It is good to mist the moss occasionally.
  • The ceramic cachepot is strong and sturdy and will keep the plant from falling over as it matures and grows larger.  Ceramic pots are made from finely-textured, light-colored clay, then glazed, and are available in different shapes and sizes with beautiful colors and patterns. 

Conclusion

The best pot for a Monstera is based on whether the container is suited to the care requirements of good drainage, a strong and durable quality to hold a growing plant, enough space for stretching soil roots, and deep enough for a tall moss pole.

The best pot would be a plastic planter or nursery pot housed in a decorative cachepot; this article chose a ceramic pot.  The planter pot is ideal for all the care requirements of a Monstera, and the ceramic pot is selected for its durability to hold the heavy plant. 

The beauty of ceramic and the luscious, huge, green leaves of the Monstera will be the star of your home décor.

References

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/using-cachepots-for-plants.htm

https://www.thespruce.com/all-about-choosing-plant-containers-847998

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-monstera-deliciosa-5072671