Monstera Standleyana

The Monstera Standleyana (aka Cobra plant) is originally from South America. It has cream-speckled leaves that each look unique.


This plant will propagate well in both water and soil. Water propagation is my personal preference because you can see things happen as it develops roots and grows.

Read our propagation overview and propagation guide here for more information.


This plant will thrive in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct contact with the sun as this can burn the white parts of the leaves. This Monstera needs more light than other Monstera because of the lower levels of chlorophyll in the white leaves.


This plant is quite tolerant and will thrive in temperatures between 18 and 29℃.


This Monstera requires a high humidity of 50% +. You can boost the humidity by placing the plant near a humidifier, grouping it together with other plants, or by growing the plant in a sealed mini greenhouse. You can achieve this by using a sealable jar, clear tuppaware, big ziplock bags or a terrarium.


This plant is a climber which means it likes to grow upwards as opposed to trailing down or growing along a surface. Once the plant has developed roots and is showing signs of new growth, I’d suggest you give it a moss pole to climb. 

In terms of the potting mix used for this plant, it’s important to use a well-draining mix that contains lots of bark and perlite. You can purchase our mix or make a mix of your own.

Also always make sure you pot the plant in a pot that has drainage holes.


This plant is quite tolerant. Water thoroughly to mimic tropical jungle conditions and allow the water to drain through properly before returning the plant to its decorative pot. Wait for the soil to dry a bit before you water the plant again. 

Invest in a moisture meter to help you monitor the levels of moisture in the soil so that you can only water it as needed.


As with most tropical plants, you should feed this plant during the growing season. Aim to feed it every second week.

Other information:

Each leaf is unique! The white parts of the leaves do not photosynthesise, so the rest of the plant has to work quite hard to make up for this.

Note that this plant is toxic to pets if ingested so be sure to keep it out of reach of your fur babies. 

For more care tips and tricks, you can read our houseplant guide by clicking here.