Monstera’s can be the centrepiece of any room, bringing a tropical touch. As indoor plant enthusiasts, we often face the challenge of replicating the perfect growing conditions our plants need to thrive. In this blog, we will delve into the specifics of choosing the best grow light for your Monstera. Whether you're dealing with low natural light or looking to boost your plant's growth, the right grow light can make all the difference.

Understanding Monstera Light Needs

Monsteras, with their iconic fenestrated leaves, are tropical plants that thrive in bright, indirect light. Understanding their natural habitat can help us mimic these conditions indoors.

  • Natural Habitat: Monsteras originate from the tropical forests of Central and South America, where they receive filtered sunlight through the canopy.

  • Ideal Light Conditions: These plants prefer bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch their leaves, while too little light can hinder their growth.

  • Consequences of Poor Lighting:

    • Insufficient Light: Can lead to smaller leaves, leggy growth, very slow growth and lack of fenestration.

    • Excessive Light: May cause sunburn, leading to brown spots and crispy edges (although this shouldn’t be too much of a concern when growing them indoors.)

💡 Key Takeaway: Providing your Monstera with bright, indirect light replicates its natural habitat, ensuring healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

What Are Grow Lights?

Grow lights are essential tools for indoor gardeners, especially when natural light is insufficient. They replicate the sun’s spectrum, promoting photosynthesis and plant growth.
  • Definition and Purpose: Grow lights are artificial lighting fixtures designed to provide the optimal light spectrum for plant growth, and also enough light intensity for growth.
  • Benefits of Grow Lights: They ensure year-round growth, enhance photosynthesis, and support vibrant, lush foliage.

For a more detailed guide on the different types of grow lights and other tips check out this comprehensive guide.

💡 Key Takeaway: Grow lights mimic natural sunlight, making them indispensable for indoor gardening, particularly in areas with low natural light.

Choosing the Right Grow Light for Monstera

Selecting the right grow light involves understanding the specific needs of your Monstera and matching them with the features of available grow lights.

Key Considerations:
  • Full-Spectrum LED Lighting: Emulates natural sunlight, optimal for Monstera growth.
  • Energy Efficiency: LEDs are the most energy-efficient, reducing electricity costs.
  • Adjustable Brightness: Allows you to tailor the light intensity to your plant's needs, if the grow light isnt dimmable you can create the same effect by adjusting the height of your grow light from your Monstera.
  • Popular Brands: Grow Gang in the UK and Soltech Solutions in the US offer reliable, high-quality grow lights.
Size and Intensity:
  • Ensure your grow light's size and intensity match the number of plants and the space they occupy.
  • For single plants, smaller bulbs or other forms of grow light will suffice. For larger collections, consider multiple grow light bulbs, panels or grow light bars.

💡 Key Takeaway: Choosing a full-spectrum LED grow light with the right intensity and size ensures your Monstera receives the best possible light for optimal growth.

Setting Up Your Grow Light

Proper setup of your grow light is crucial to ensure your Monstera benefits fully from the artificial lighting.

Placement and Distance:
  • Position the grow light more than 20cm above your Monstera to avoid burning the leaves.
  • Ensure even light distribution to all parts of the plant (or as much as possible if not practical to cover it all!)
Light Schedules:
  • Aim for 12-14 hours of light daily to simulate natural sunlight hours. (although less time is fine if it already gets a good amount of natural light)
  • Use a timer to automate the lighting schedule for consistency.

💡 Key Takeaway: Proper placement and scheduling of your grow light enhance its effectiveness, ensuring your Monstera grows healthily and vigorously.


Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Maintaining your plants and grow light and troubleshooting common issues can prevent problems and ensure continuous, healthy growth for your Monstera.
Regular Maintenance:
  • Clean the grow light surfaces to remove dust and debris.
  • Also make sure to regularly clean your monstera! As when dust builds up less light is getting to the plant for photosynthesis.
Potential Issues:
  • Insufficient Light: Indicated by slow growth and small leaves. Increase the light duration or intensity by moving the grow light closer, or adding more grow lights.
  • Light Burn: Caused by too much light or being too close to the plant. Adjust the distance or reduce the intensity, this is a lot less common, and generally only happens when grow lights are kept very close, as we find that Monsteras are quite resistant to high levels of light

💡 Key Takeaway: Regular maintenance and prompt troubleshooting keep your grow light functioning optimally, supporting your Monstera’s growth. A bit of trial and error is needed adjusting the intensity or duration of the grow light for optimum growth.



Can I use a grow light for Monstera?
  • Yes, especially in low-light conditions where they will get the most benefit.
What kind of light is best for Monstera?
  • Bright, indirect light. A combination of full-spectrum grow lights and natural sunlight works best.
Can Monsteras grow in low light?
  • While they can tolerate low light, they won't thrive, and you will see almost no growth. Bright, indirect light is ideal.
Can I use a regular LED bulb for my Monstera plant?
  • Most regular bulbs wont do much, as they are not focused on the right photosynthetic spectrum, and are not efficient for growing plants, it is a worthwhile investment using a grow light.
Why is my Monstera turning yellow?
  • Yellowing leaves can be due to overwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or inadequate lighting. Adjusting these factors can help.

💡 Key Takeaway: Addressing common questions and concerns helps optimise your Monstera care routine, ensuring healthy and vibrant plants.


Understanding the subtleties of lighting is essential to elevating your Monstera care. Incorporating grow lights into your daily plant care can be a game-changer, ensuring lush, vibrant growth all year round by simulating the natural sunlight your Monsteras adore. By choosing the right grow light, setting it up properly, and maintaining it diligently, you can create an ideal environment for your Monstera to thrive indoors.
Written by Lorenzo Cadoux-Hudson

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