Swiss Cheese Plant Overview
Monstera deliciosa f. borsigiana is the smaller, faster-growing climbing form of the classic M. deliciosa plant and is often confused with this species. It is an impressive, easy-to-grow and generally low maintenance plant. It may be kept indoors as a distinctive foliage houseplant, requiring support for optimal growth and this variety has a climbing habit. Their cream-white flowers are large, if not particularly pretty, and will later produce fruit that are inedible until their scales lift up. These are infrequently seen in cultivation, requiring exacting conditions to achieve flowering. They resemble a green ear of maize and can cause stomach upset if consumed unripe. Foliage is the main reason for growing this lovely plant, the leaves are large, glossy and heart-shaped. They change structure with age, developing characteristic splits over time, this is where the common name swiss cheese plant originates from. Foliage is whole in young specimens, developing larger splits with growing maturity. Native to tropical rainforests, this plant climbs using aerial roots and is classified as an epiphyte, 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. It has a bushy, climbing habit and is 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.