If you’re like some people, you may think of Monstera plants as big, lush, tropical plants that only belong in a greenhouse or on a patio.
Well, that’s not exactly the case. There are tons of varieties of Monstera plants that can be grown indoors!
In fact, they make excellent houseplants because they adapt well to indoor conditions and help purify the air by removing unwanted toxins. The best part is that they’re super easy to care for – making the ideal leafy companion for any gardener.
Read on to learn more about some of our top choices of different types of Monstera plants to grow indoors!
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Different Types of Monstera Plants to Grow in Your Home
Monstera plants are a great addition to any garden, but there are a few things you will need to consider when choosing the right type of Monstera variety to grow.
It’s important to make sure you select a variety of Monstera best suited for your climate zone or indoor environment – at least if you plan to grow your plants near windows, in semi-hydroponic systems like LECA, or in areas without continual air conditioning.
It’s also important to choose the right size Monstera plant for your space. Some of these varieties can get huge!
Finally, be sure to choose a Monstera plant with the desired characteristics. If you want a fast-growing Monstera, for example, choose a variety known for its fast growth rate.
Below, we talk about 19 of the best Monstera varieties to grow in your home, regardless of your climate or space limitations.
1. Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)
Common names of Monstera deliciosa include the Split-leaf philodendron or Mexican breadfruit plant, to name a couple.
It is one of the most popular Monstera varieties and is prized for its large leaves, which are riddled with large holes – giving it a distinctive ‘Swiss cheese’ appearance.
The plant is relatively easy to care for and can thrive in a wide range of conditions, making it a great choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners.
Monstera deliciosa is also relatively fast-growing, and mature plants can reach impressive heights of up to 20 feet if given enough support.
The flower spike, while inedible at first, ripens over time into a rare type of edible fruit.
Whether you’re looking for a statement plant for your home or want to add some tropical flair to your garden, the Monstera deliciosa is a great choice.
2. Monstera adansonii
The Monstera adansonii is considered to be one of the best Monstera varieties to keep as houseplants.
The M. adansonii variety is super adaptable, and they can tolerate a really wide range of growing conditions both indoors or outdoors.
Many people love these plants because they are relatively hardy, easy to care for, and do not require a massive amount of specialized gardening knowledge.
Adansonii’s are vigorous plants that can quickly and efficiently fill empty spaces in a garden or living room. They have massive, glossy leaves that are sure to add a touch of elegance to any home.
Finally, the Monstera adansonii produces stunning white flowers that are hard to take your eyes off of.
Monstera adansonii varieties are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a beginner-friendly, easy-to-grow, and popular houseplant to spice up their indoor space.
3. Monstera obliqua
The Monstera obliqua is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, as are most of its Monstera relatives.
One of the most notable features of this plant is its large, narrow-shaped mature leaves with holes in them that resemble Swiss cheese appearance.
The Monstera obliqua is a climbing plant that can reach heights of up to 10 feet in its natural habitat but typically remains smaller when grown indoors.
Inside, the obliqua variety reaches only 4-5 feet tall, which is almost the same size as other varieties when they are in their juvenile form as young plants. Still, growing this climber on a trellis is a fantastic option to save you some space indoors or out.
This species of Monstera thrives in humid conditions, as expected, knowing its origins. Since it grows naturally on the forest floor under the canopy of the rainforest, it grows best in bright, indirect light. Try to mimic their natural environment as closely as possible! Direct sunlight does not treat this species well.
Since Monstera obliquas are easy to care for and make an excellent addition to anywhere from an indoor jungle to outdoor botanical gardens, you should have no trouble getting started.
Thanks to their split leaves and general unusual leaf shape, they add an element of interest to any room and are one of the most attractive varieties of Monstera to grow as houseplants.
4. Monstera siltepecana (Silver Monstera)
There are several reasons why green thumbs consider the Monstera siltepecana, or Silver Monstera, one of the best Monstera varieties to grow.
First, it is incredibly easy to care for, making it an ideal plant for beginner gardeners.
Second, it is a very fast-growing plant, so you can create a lush, tropical jungle feel in your home relatively quickly.
Third, the stunning silver variegation and different shades of green on its leaves make it a real showstopper plant that is sure to impress your friends and family.
And finally, it is known for being a very hardy plant. So, it will tolerate the occasional neglect from those overly-busy owners!
5. Monstera standleyana
There are numerous varieties of Monstera, but the Standleyana is widely regarded as one of the best.
While the vast majority of the Monstera genus is easy to care for, the Standleyana is especially well-suited for beginners.
It is a fast-growing plant that is tolerant of low and high light conditions. Additionally, it is resistant to pests and diseases.
Perhaps most importantly, the Standleyana is known for its beautiful leaves, which can grow up to two 9 inches in length and 4 inches in width.
Whether you’re new to gardening or an experienced plant enthusiast, the standleyana monstera variety is sure to make a stunning addition to your home.
6. Mini Monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma)
Mini Monstera plants are true tropical beauties that grow somewhere between 6 and 8 feet tall at maturity, making them a large yet suitable size for most indoor spaces.
The most striking feature of the Mini Monstera is its young leaves, which are divided into numerous smaller sections called leaflets.
The lush foliage of Mini Monstera adorns any room with a tropical vibe, and the plant is pretty low maintenance. You only need to give it the occasional watering and occasional feeding.
Mini Monsteras are also reasonably tolerant of lower light levels, so they are ideal for rooms that don’t get a lot of natural sunlight.
7. Monstera dubia (Shingle Plant)
The Monstera dubia, also known as the Shingle Plant, is native to the rainforests and hills of tropical Central and South America.
The Dubai’s dark green leaves are covered in white spotted patterns, making it stand out in any garden – especially in its mature form.
The Shingle Plant is super easy to care for and tolerates most conditions. It can be grown in full sun or partial shade and does not require much water.
The Shingle Plant is also easy to propagate – making it a green thumb’s best friend. You can propagate Monstera dubia by taking cuttings from the stem and roots; any method is relatively quick.
The Shingle Plant is definitely a forgiving species, so it’s an excellent choice for beginners. Still, the Shingle Plant is not without its drawbacks…
These plants are susceptible to pests like mealybugs and spider mites, and strong winds can damage the leaves pretty easily.
Despite those concerns, the Shingle Plant is still one of the best Monstera varieties to grow.
It’s easy to care for, tolerant of most conditions, and strikingly beautiful.
8. Monstera pinnatipartita
While all of the different Monstera varieties are attractive, the Monstera pinnatipartita is definitely one of the most beautiful.
Native to Central America, this plant is known for its large, deeply lobed leaves.
The leaves are usually dark green but sometimes have green or light-green variegation. Like other Monstera varieties, the pinnatipartita also produces aerial roots.
It has a strong climbing habit, so it will need something to climb on if you want it to stay healthy. Consider making a DIY moss pole!
Monstera pinnatipartita is also one of the most resilient Monstera varieties.
It can tolerate lower light levels than other varieties and is less susceptible to pests and disease.
Further, it is relatively easy to care for, making it a great choice for beginner plant growers.
9. Monstera karstenianum
The Monstera karstenianum, also known as the Monstera Peru, is a fast-growing plant that’s native to the dense rainforests of South America.
Since it is native to such harsh conditions, it is an aggressive climbing plant that can reach up to 20 feet long when grown outdoors in its natural habitat.
The leaves of the plant are massive, and the plant’s lobes make it look similar to other Swiss cheese varieties on this list.
The Monstera karstenianum is yet another easy-to-care-for Monstera, and it requires very little attention in order to survive or even thrive. This Monstera plant is also more resistant than others to pests and diseases – a lazy gardener’s dream.
The Monstera karstenianum is one of our favorite Monstera varieties to grow indoors. If you can get your hands on even a small plant, its quick growth will make it worthwhile.
10. Monstera Thai Constellation
Although most Monstera plants are from the humid climates of Central and South American jungles, the Monstera Thai Constellation was first introduced to the world through intentional genetic mutation in a lab.
In fact, its name stems from the fact that it was first cultivated and produced in a lab in Thailand using an M. deliciosa plant. It’s not a rare species or a rare plant in general, though. Its popularity drove up demand, so they are pretty easy to get your hands on.
The Thai Constellation also has a star-like pattern on its foliage, resembles something out of a NASA catalog, and is one of the most popular Monstera houseplants.
The Thai Constellation is prized for its beautiful, variegated Monstera leaves, and they really set it apart from other Monstera varieties.
This plant is also known for its rapid growth rate, meaning it can also quickly fill up any empty space in your home.
You can expect 1-2 feet of new growth every year when grown in the right conditions (i.e., high humidity)
11. Monstera borsigiana
The Monstera borsigiana is another awesome Monstera variety we swear by.
Unlike most other varieties of Monstera, the borsigiana has large, glossy leaves that have deep veins running across the foliage. While the leaves are considered large, they are much smaller than their counterpart, the Monstera deliciosa.
The plant is also known for its ability to tolerate low light conditions, making it an ideal choice for those who do not have access to bright sunlight.
Borsigiana is a fast-growing variety, and even a small plant with smaller leaves can quickly fill up a room or balcony.
Our favorite part about this plant is the small heart-shaped leaves! If you’re looking for a stylish and easy-to-care-for plant, be sure to look more into getting a Monstera borsigiana.
12. Monstera acuminata
Monstera acuminata is a beautiful plant that is native to Central America.
It is known for its large, glossy leaves and its ability to climb trees.
Monstera acuminata are fast-growing plants and can reach heights of up to 8 feet as indoor plants. It is also effortless to care for and tolerates low and high light conditions.
Monstera acuminata is an ideal plant for those who want to add a touch of tropical beauty to their home and can be grown in containers, making it a versatile plant that everyone can enjoy.
13. Monstera albo Variagata
The Monstera albo variegata is among the more popular Monstera houseplant varieties, and for plenty of good reason!
This beautiful plant is renowned for its large, variegated leaves, growing up to 18 inches long when it reaches maturity.
The Monstera variegata grows quickly and demands very little from their owners, at least compared to other common houseplants. It does best in bright, indirect light and prefers consistently moist soil with good drainage.
Unlike other varieties of Monstera, the albo variegata is not known to be an efficient climber.
It prefers to grow low, which makes it a great choice for those who want to add a touch of tropical beauty to their indoor space without worrying about the plant completely taking over. The low growth almost makes it look like a swiss cheese vine.
An attractive different species to carry you through any growing season.
14. Monstera epipremnoides
Monstera epipremnoides is a stunning plant native to Costa Rica and Panama. It is a monocot flowering plant that belongs to the Araceae family.
The plant is an epiphyte, which means that it grows on other plants or trees. Unlike most other members of the Monstera family, M. epipremnoides have both terrestrial and aerial roots.
It also has long, thin, juvenile leaves that are dark green in color with small holes that give the plant its unique “lacey” appearance. Epipremnoides grow up to 60 feet in height and produce small, white flowers when it blooms.
M. epipremnoides is one of the best Monstera varieties to grow, as they like partial shade and require little water or fertilizer.
In addition, M. epipremnoides is somewhat resistant to pests and diseases.
As a result, it is an ideal plant for those who want to add a touch of beauty to their home without having to worry about maintenance.
15. Monstera spruceana
For many Monstera lovers, the Monstera spruceana is among the best Monstera varieties to grow as houseplants due to its straightforward care regimen and beginner-friendly requirements.
The spruceana can be easily identified by its distinctive leaves, which are deeply lobbed, with a more triangular shape that gives the plant its unique spruce-like appearance.
Finally, the spruceana is a fast-growing variety, which makes it a perfect option if you’re looking to fill up a small space with a fast-growing Monstera variety.
Whether you’re looking for a plant that is simple to care for or simply want to add some interest to your indoor green space, the Monstera spruceana may be a great option.
16. Monstera friedrichsthalii
Although Monstera friedrichsthali resembles Monstera adansonii in appearance, these two are different plants. Friedrichsthali is the subspecies of Monstera adansonii with slightly bigger leaves, which creates a distinction between their appearance.
The Monstera friedrichsthalii is super tolerant and can thrive in a variety of growing conditions. Whether keeping it in a pot or planting it outside in the ground, it should have no trouble adapting and thriving.
It is also another fast-growing Monstera species, so you won’t have to twiddle your thumbs for too long to see the best results. New leaves pop up in no time!
It’s easy to care for and requires next to no maintenance.
Finally, it is a very versatile plant that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you want to use it as a specimen plant or as part of a mixed border, the Monstera friedrichsthalii will make an excellent addition to your indoor or outdoor garden.
17. Monstera acacoyaguensis
The Monstera acacoyaguensis is one of those plants that are highly resistant to pests and diseases. They are a perfect low-maintenance plant for busy – or, dare we say it, lazy – owners.
It’s also fast-growing, so it can quickly fill empty spaces in a room or garden.
These tropical beauties have a wildly large leaf surface that provides excellent shade for other plants. Their bright green color is deep and stunning.
These Monstera are also easy to propagate, so you can start growing new plants with ease.
18. Monstera subpinnata
The Monstera subpinnata demands your attention with its looks. It’s a plant that is relatively easy to grow, making it perfect for new indoor and outdoor growers.
One of the reasons why it is so popular is its relatively straightforward care regimen, but it has some other pretty attractive factors as well.
Monstera subpinnata does not require much sunlight or water, and managing pests and diseases is relatively straightforward.
It is also a fast-growing plant, so it can quickly fill in empty spaces in your garden.
Additionally, the Monstera subpinnata produces stunning white flowers that are highly fragrant. The flowers are followed by large, brightly-colored Monstera fruit that is edible and makes for a great snack.
While this may be the last plant on our list, the Monstera subpinnata holds its own in any plant collection. It’s also super versatile, so finding a suitable location shouldn’t be difficult.
19. Monstera oreophila
Monstera oreophila is the best choice for plant lovers looking to add a rare specie to their collection. Because of its simple care requirements and pinkish spathe, it is a sought-out plant of green thumbs.
The Monstera oreophila is native to wet areas of Panama and Costa Rica. Like other Monstera, oreophila is a non-woody epiphyte that requires external support to thrive.
Moreover, with usual houseplant care, oreophila will reward their growers with a salmon-colored spathe that, along with its unique leaves, will give a tropical look to your garden.
Whether you are aiming for easy to care plant or a dense tropical look, Monstera oreophila will always make its way to your plant list!