Monstera Deliciosa or Swiss Cheese plant is a vining plant belonging to the Araceae family. It’s an easy to grow plant that evolved in the tropical forests of the Americas. Over time, Monstera developed the ability to thrive in the shade, and also in areas with indirect light. Native Indians who lived in areas where Monstera grew acquired a taste for its ripe fruit, which many people now find delicious. This low maintenance plant can be grown by both beginners and collectors who are keen to expand their stock of unusual aroids.
Adopting and caring for Monstera Deliciosa
Adopting: Adding a lush, healthy Monstera Deliciosa to a plant collection is a feeling only a plant parent can understand. At eplants, we bring you display-ready plants with high-quality growth, compact shape and well-formed leaves
Locating: Exposure to strong, direct sunlight will scorch the leaves of Swiss Cheese Plants. So these plants do best in brighter areas which offer filtered light. If you are locating the plants indoors, in an area of low light, it would be best to shift them around at least once a week to areas that offer better light conditions
Potting: Monstera needs rich, well-drained soil that has been fortified with organic material. So it is ideal to mix good quantities of compost to the potting mix. A blend of coco-peat, compost and river sand in a 30:50:20 ratio should help your plant to do well
Watering: Monstera Deliciosa like regular watering, especially if they are growing in pots. Even though they can’t stand waterlogged conditions, a good, well-draining potting mixture is ideal to keep your plant happy
Fertilising: The beauty of the Swiss Cheese Plant lies in its broad, glossy leaves. So, while you fertilise the plants once a month in the growing season, your Monstera would thrive with bi-weekly foliar feed of an organic variety. Do ensure you dilute the liquid at half strength, as mentioned on the label
Swiss Cheese Plants are easy to grow. Their ability to endure long periods in low light settings make them very popular indoor plants. These plants will achieve their most luscious green foliage in bright indirect light and at consistently warm temperatures. The leaf holes eventually grow towards the edge and open up as the plant matures.
Did you know
When fully ripe, the fruit of a Monstera Deliciosa is a delicious combination of strong tropical flavours like pineapple, coconut, and banana.