Swiss cheese plant (Delicious monster)

Botanical name:

Monstera deliciosa


A lush tropical climber with bold glossy green leaves known for its perforated leaves that look like Swiss cheese.


This tropical climber is native to tropical rainforests from southern Mexico to Panama and can be seen climbing the trunks of trees showing off the glossy green ‘Swiss cheese-like foliage. The young new leaves begin as solid leaves and then develop holes as they mature earning it the name of Swiss cheese plant due to the perforated leaves that appear as Swiss cheese. Being a climber in its native habitat, they will need some support in the way of a mosspole that can be used to train the plant on. The aerial roots which are evident on the stems can either be trained back into the soil or can be used to support the plant on the mosspole by pushing the roots into the coir. Once very fashionable, it still is a fantastic feature plant for a bright position indoors and certainly one to add to the collection.

Supplied size:

Supplied in a 19cm nursery pot.
Plant size of 65cm tall, inclusive of the pot, and 35cm wide.
Will fit in a pot cover size of 20-22cm wide and 19cm deep. 

Growth habit:

Climber by habit, the plant will need support in the way of a mosspole, growing as tall as you allow it.

Ideal conditions:

Medium to bright light conditions, but try to avoid any direct sunlight. They thrive in the heat of a bright light position and would benefit from standing on a pebble tray to increase the surrounding air humidity. 

Watering requirements:

Keep the soil relatively moist, but not too wet in the warmer months of the year, and then reduce watering in the cooler Winter months. Occasional misting of the leaves is recommended as they are originally from the tropics and love a higher humidity. 

Health concerns and benefits:

The leaves of this plant, if ingested, are considered poisonous and are best kept away from pets and children. It is also recommended that you err on the side of caution and water gloves when handling the plant.
It is known for having strong air-purifying abilities by filtering airborne toxins and converting that to oxygen.

Known concerns:

Soft scale and mealybug insect generally evident when there is poor ventilation/air circulation in the room. 
Overwatering can sometimes be an issue if the room is cool.

Any questions?

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you would like to explore further options in sizing; would like more advice on the plant or discuss any concerns regarding any issues you are having growing yours.

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