Rhaphidophora Decursiva, aka Monstera Decursiva or Rhaphidophora affinis, also known as Dragon Tail, is a unique tropical plant native to China, the Indian subcontinent, and Indochina. As a young specimen, it has shiny, dark green, solid leaves but, when mature, they become palm-like with deep fringes. This plant has a climbing, vining habit so over time it will need a pole, trellis, or wall to support it.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will do well in medium light but will grow faster with brighter light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.
In the darker, shorter days of the winter months, let the soil of your plant mostly dry out, as too much moisture could lead to root rot, then increase your watering again in the warmer months.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.