How far away should a Monstera be from the window?

Answered by Willie Powers

When it comes to placing a Monstera plant, it’s important to consider its proximity to a window. The ideal distance for a Monstera plant from a window is about 5-10 feet. This distance ensures that the plant receives sufficient indirect sunlight without being exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods.

The reason for placing the Monstera at a distance from the window is to protect it from the intense heat and potential damage caused by direct sunlight. Monstera plants thrive best in bright, indirect light, and placing them too close to a window with direct sunlight can lead to leaf burn or scorching.

Ideally, you should position the Monstera plant about 5-10 feet away from a South, Southwest, or West-facing window without curtains. These windows receive the most sunlight during the day, especially in the afternoon when the sun is at its strongest. By placing the Monstera plant at this distance, you ensure it receives enough light without the risk of overheating or sunburn.

On the other hand, if you have a North or East-facing window, you can place the Monstera plant right next to it. These windows receive more indirect sunlight, and the plant will benefit from the gentle morning or evening light. However, it’s still important to ensure that the plant is not exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods, even if it’s a North or East-facing window.

It’s worth noting that different Monstera species may have slightly different light requirements. For example, the Monstera deliciosa, commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant, generally thrives in bright, indirect light. However, other varieties like the Monstera adansonii or Monstera obliqua may prefer slightly lower light levels. It’s always a good idea to research the specific light preferences of your Monstera plant to ensure optimal growth and health.

In my personal experience, I have placed my Monstera plant about 6 feet away from a South-facing window without curtains. This distance has allowed the plant to receive plenty of bright, indirect light throughout the day without any issues of sunburn or overheating. The plant has thrived, with healthy growth and beautiful foliage.

To summarize, the ideal distance for a Monstera plant from a window is about 5-10 feet for South, Southwest, or West-facing windows without curtains. For North or East-facing windows, you can place the plant right next to the window. Remember to consider the specific light requirements of your Monstera species and monitor the plant for any signs of stress or sunburn. By finding the right balance of light and distance, you can create an optimal environment for your Monstera to flourish.