Swiss Cheese Plant Overview
Monstera deliciosa is an impressive, spreading, easy-to-grow and generally low maintenance plant. It is a popular and distinctive foliage houseplant, requiring support for optimal growth. This houseplant lives happily in full or partial shade; however, it will grow faster in bright light. Monsteras like to dry out between waterings, which means less effort and less stress for you. Allow lots of space for this guy as it can grow up to 3 meters tall; I hope you have high ceilings! Fun fact: in native tropical rainforests, Monstera deliciosa, climbs using aerial roots and is classified as an epiphyte. This organism doesn't require a water or soil substrate to grow and survives on the branches of trees, gleaning nutrients and moisture from the air and immediate surroundings. So at home, it does well potted in an airy, well-draining soil mix. Moss and perlite can be added to achieve this. Its cream-white flowers are large, if not particularly pretty, and will later produce fruits that resemble a green ear of maize in shape and which can cause stomach upset if consumed unripe. (Other plant parts can also cause stomach upset if eaten and can cause skin irritation.) Blooms and fruit are infrequently seen in cultivation, requiring exacting conditions to achieve flowering. 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.) This species has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It is frost-tender, so keep above freezing temperatures, plant in a full sun position, and grow it in well-draining soil for optimal growth—water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results.