Cheese Plant

Monstera spp.

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Monstera adansonii close up
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Monstera is a genus containing 45 species of evergreen climbing shrubs in the Araceae family, native to the tropics of the Americas. They climb using aerial roots and have huge ("monster") leaves that are often pinnately-cut or lobed, and often containing natural elongated holes. They have arum-like flowers typical of the family, and are usually grown as houseplants in cool climates. There are varieties with attractive variegated foliage available. Native to tropical rainforests, many species in this genus climb using aerial roots and is classified as epiphytes. This is an organism that doesn't require a water or soil substrate to grow, surviving on other organisms and gleaning nutrition and moisture from the air and their immediate surroundings. They also do fine potted in an airy, well-draining soil mix, its advisable to add moss and perlite to achieve this. They are generally frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures, plant in a position of full sun and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Environment

Light

Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

White
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