How Are Monstera Lechleriana and Adansonii Different?

The evergreen Monstera plant genus is among the most sought-after and beloved house plants. However, the genus is home to over 40 different species, in its larger family of Araceae.

This article will discuss Monstera Lechleriana with Monstera Adansonii. Being to the exact same species, they definitely share a lot in common. However, they do have some significant distinctions.

If you have one of the Monstera and aren’t certain which one it is This post will assist you to figure it out. If you don’t have an Monstera however, you like it keep reading and pick the one that’s to your taste.

The differences in Lechleriana and Adansonii are in the need for fertilization and watering. They develop at different rates and consequently have different leaves. Additionally, they have different structures of leaves and a normal height. Not to mention they come with different kinds of hole (which is the most effective method to differentiate them).

Similarities include a close relationship to the plant kingdom since they are both epiphytes and vines. They also share similar natural habitats, and when cared as house plants, do not like direct sunlight and thrive in the same temperatures.

Differences Between Lechleriana and Adansonii

Watering Needs

If they are used in a home environment, the two varieties of Monsteras require different amounts of water.

Monstera Lechleriana is a water-loving species however, you must keep it hydrated only when the soil is dry typically every week.

When it is winter or the temperature is cooler the animals tend to go into hibernation more often, which slows their growth. Therefore, watering them once every two weeks is sufficient in winter.

The most effective way to determine whether your Monstera Lechleriana needs water is to dig your finger in the dirt.

If the area is dry also, then you must be sure to water it. Be cautious not to overwater it as you could end up in a mess of decaying Monstera roots.

On the other side, can cause fewer holes in the leaves or the tips of the leaves becoming yellow.

Contrastingly, Monstera Adansonii is a delicate princess in the area of drinking.

They don’t want to live in a soil that is extremely dry However, overwatering can harm the roots. The most effective method of meeting the needs of the soil is watering the soil at least once every week.

A few of the most ardent houseplant enthusiasts purchase an air humidifier to their plant and place it close to.

If you don’t wish to invest money for that, you can spray water onto the leaves and then on the top of your soil.

This periodically is enough for Adansonii’s moisture requirements.

Proper drainage of the pot is essential to maintaining healthy Monsteras. Never, and I mean never ever, put your Monstera in a pot with no drainage.

Sure, Monstera Adansonii likes rain-forest humid environments and moist conditions. However, it doesn’t wish to be soaked in water or soak in muddy soils for long periods of time.

Holes in Leaves

The most appealing aspect of Monsteras are the holes that appear in their leaves. However, when we compare Monstera Lechleriana with Monstera Adansonii, it is possible to observe some variations in the holes.

For instance, Lechleriana may not even have holes on certain leaves when they are still young. However, if it does it, there are some that are more circular in comparison to the leaves of Adansonii.

However Adansonii is home to many smaller holes, which are larger in comparison to the Lechleriana.

In the majority of cases the holes begin near the middle rib (central vein in the leaf) and then spread out toward the leaf (the outside line).

The most effective way to evaluate it is to put one in front of the other. However, even if you don’t have this option it is easy to identify which one is the one you want to use.

If you examine this leaf and there are many holes, throughout the leaf, then you’re viewing Adansonii absolutely.

In the entire dimensions of the leaf at least one-third of the leaf will be buried in holes. It is possible to think that Adansonii is truly worthy of the name that people have used to describe it, the Swiss cheese plant.

Monstera and other plants in beige pots

Growth Habit and Foliage

The second difference we are going to discuss is their growth habits. Although they are both vines, they tend to develop differently and at different rate.

Monstera Lechleriana leaves can reach as tall as 10-inches (25 centimeters) within their native habitat.

In the indoors, this is feasible only if they’re in ideal conditions for it. Even if it’s not the natural environment, it can nevertheless grow larger than Adansonii.

Adansonii leaves are much smaller than those of Lechleriana. A typical leaf may grow a larger that the palms of your hands, but not much more.

In comparison to Lechleriana It has a lot more leaves and a thicker, lusher foliage, however its leaves are smaller.

Lechleriana, which has larger and thicker leaves, will have a lower overall number of leaves.

Height and Structure

Height is another one of their distinctions. Based on the earlier section, Lechleriana gets higher, while Adansonii is richer.

If it is paired with a moss pole they will both increase in height. If there isn’t, Adansonii will spread with the speed of crawling.

Lechleriana however due to its more fleshy leaves, will grow more slowly however, it will grow larger.


The final difference on this list is the fertilization. What is the significance of fertilization?

If you plant your plants in the pot, regardless of how big or rich the soil, over time, the plant will eat all of the nutrients. After a time the soil will be turning into what is known as “dead”.

In the case of fertiliser, Monstera Adansonii has returned the heroine of the tale.

Rapidly growing, Adansonii is unable to absorb every nutrient it requires by photosynthesis. Therefore, it is necessary to aid it a bit by adding fertilizer into the soil.

It is best to fertilize in the spring and summer months as it expands than usual, and then leave winter to hibernate.

Be sure to not fertilize directly next to the roots as it will stimulate the growth of roots if they have to spread out in order to obtain nutrients. The mind tricks aren’t that bad, are they?

Don’t make the error of fertilizing your plant right after you have removed your Adansonii.

When the root system is weak, and not adapting to the new pot it is possible that you burn them out and not be able to encourage them to grow.

Monstera Lechleriana is a savage and can be fertilized it every month (two times depending on your preference) in summer however, you should slow it down when autumn arrives.

Similarities of Lechleriana and Adansonii

Because we’re talking about two plants that are coming to the same parent, it is likely that they’ll share more in common. Let’s leave aside differences and dive deep into the things that connect them.


One of the most obvious similarities I can identify are their taxonomies. They are both Lechleriana and Adansonii are part of:

  • Plantae Kingdom (like the plants for those who did not understand their Latin in the first place);
  • The Phylum Tracheophyta, also known as Vascular Plants (meaning they possess special tissues that carry photosynthesis products and water throughout the body of the plant);
  • Subphylum Angiospermae Flowers plants (or seeds-producing plants);
  • Class Liliopsida Monocots based on the number of cotyledons present in the seed;
  • The Family Araceae – Aroids, which means they possess an spadix (meaty part of the seeds are well-organized). To better understand the image, think of that of the Peace Lily flower. It’s true, Monsteras have the same kind of flowers like that of the Peace Lily. You’re probably thinking that you’re even more in love with them.
  • Subfamily Monsteroideae They have trichosclereids (needle-like cells that stop eating animals from pursuing them);
  • Genus Monstera Yes we have previously discussed 40 varieties of Monsteras.

If you’re looking to know more information particularly regarding Monstera Adansonii lineage as well as the differences scientists have discovered I suggest you read the research conducted by scientists in North-East Brazil.

Phew. This is enough Latin, biology, and genetics for me. What do you think? Let’s look at one more of their commonalities.

Natural Habitat

One of the most striking commonalities among Lechleriana and Adansonii is their habitats. Both species can be located in tropical climates that is Central as well as South America.

Countries such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize and Venezuela have rain forests and, therefore Monsteras of the type.

Columbia, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, as well as Western Brazil can also be proud to be the only countries that have the habitats of Lechleriana and Adansonii throughout their forests.

Lechleriana is located in the Southern portion in Lechleriana is found in the Southern part of Gulf of Mexico too. It is possible to see the map of its habitat right here.

Adansonii however is much further south in South American countries.

It can be located within the rainforests of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and throughout Brazil and areas of Bolivia and Paraguay. (Source: Global Biodiversity Information Facility)


The two Monstera Lechleriana as well as Monstera Adansonii both are epiphytes, and this is one of their similarities.

This implies that both of they are growing on the surfaces that other plant species, mainly large trees.

They consume the dust and humidity, water and air they breathe, contributing to the biodiversity.

What I’m saying is that both they aren’t penetrating deeply in the earth, they instead are forming an enormous web of roots.

There are also air roots which move through the surface and then leech off when they locate an appropriate spot.


Apart from being epiphytes, each of these Monsteras are also vines. That is the case for Lechleriana as well as Adansonii.

In essence, from each stem, a smaller stem grows (scientifically known as petiole). The tough, brown middle is known as the node.

It is essential to be aware of it if you plan to reproduce the stems from. It is essential to ensure that your cutting is at least one node as it is the place where roots originate from.

As vines, Monstera Lechleriana as well as Monstera Adansonii both develop, attaching their leaves to the trunks of trees.

They test their surroundings and expand based on the location they can find the most favorable sun conditions.

Although this is less crucial to Monsteras who live in their native environment house plants, gardeners must also have an moss pole to their expanding Monsteras.

In addition to providing sturdy support to their branches, you can also beautify your home by making sure to keep the Monstera in a good state of visual harmony.


Another commonality is their dependence on indirect sunlight. Because they live in the shade of large trees, they are not subjected to sunlight direct in their environment. This is the same when they are cared for inside.

If we look at the two species, Monstera Lechleriana appears to be more tolerant to sunlight, and if it is exposed for a longer period, it could suffer leaf burns.

Monstera Adansonii may benefit from bright sunlight, however it may grow slower, or may experience the appearance of drooping leaves.

For both of these kinds of lighting, the most effective way to light is to be near the window, but not in the direct light of the sun for long durations.

To make it more clear To be more clear, if your Monstera is located on your window but you have curtains, you should be just right.


The two Monstera Lechleriana as well as Monstera Adansonii share the same temperature-related taste.

Similar to their natural habitats They are at ease with temperatures of up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius).

Even during the scorching summer, if they’re not directly exposed to sunlight, you do not have to worry about them (as as long as you water them frequently).

The main difference is that Monstera Lechleriana is ok at 55 degrees F (or 12 degrees Celsius) and Adansonii will only thrive at temperatures that are higher that 64 degrees (or 18 degrees Celsius).

For a brief period duration, the Adansonii just may survive, but leave it for a longer time in cold, and it will end your Adansonii.

Soil Mix

Monstera Lechleriana as well as Monstera Adansonii require a soil with a high fertility that permits air circulation and drainage of water. The ideal pH is between 5.0 or 7.0.

If you’re making the soil mix yourself You can also add Coco Coir (Coconut fiber) as well as Peat Moss (Sphagnum Moss) to your Monstera Adansonii.

This type of person likes humidity and water , and these two compounds excel in retaining water as well as providing anti-bacterial properties.

If you’re not mixing the soil yourself it’s best to fertilize it three or two times in a year.

The most effective treatment, for all situations the best remedy is drainage. If you don’t have it, you’re placing your Monstera regardless of kind, at a greater chance of rotting.

Ending Words

The main purpose of this piece was to share with you the differences and similarities that Monstera Lechleriana and Monstera Adansonii share.

They share a lot in common. could be traced back into the genetic lineage since they are both epiphytes and vines.

Similar natural habitats to those found are found in Middle as well as South America; and similar requirements when it comes to temperatures, light, as well as soil mixes.

The main difference is the amount of water they prefer and their frequency with fertilization. In terms of structure, Adansonii has thinner and smaller leaves that have many holes, however it is growing faster and has larger leaves because of this.

Lechleriana On the contrary, is more robust and has a thicker, more robust leaf with fewer holes and is more adaptable to its surroundings.

I hope this information was useful to you. In addition I hope it can be useful to your Monstera.



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