Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera deliciosa

 
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Overview

So popular she has her own day of the week #monsteramonday. I’m not complaining I could look at those heart shaped leaves all day!

Monstera deliciosa is a beautiful glossy leafed angel of a houseplant with heart shaped leaves. Each leaf can range from entirely solid to completely full of holes, earning it the nickname Swiss Cheese Plant.

Younger plants (like mine shown here) will start out with solid leaves and develop more and more perforations as they mature. Baby’s first leaf perforation is a huge milestone in the monstera world. I’m still eagerly awaiting one and the anticipation is definitely growing with each new leaf!

Monstera delicious is native to the rainforests of South America where it enjoys plenty of humidity and is protected from harsh sunlight by its taller neighbors who it sometimes climbs to the top of.

Monstera deliciosa also seems to be thriving in the front yards of homes all over Los Angeles.

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Water

Water when the soil has dried a bit but not completely, the trick is to avoid soggy roots at all costs.

In the warmer summer months when the plant is doing the most growing it can handle extra water. The soil can be kept on the moist side but not soaking wet.

Allow for good drainage, a pot with holes and some peaty soil should do the trick.

Light

Bright filtered light is ideal. Think dappled sunlight on the rainforest floor.

Avoid harsh direct sunlight or your plant may end up with a nasty sunburn.

In lower light conditions the plant will survive but will produce less new growth and you’ll need to be a little more cautious about overwatering.

Good to Know

Help your plant thrive by being supportive, provide a moss pole and some words of encouragement.

If you live in a climate with dry air Monstera deliciosa would love a quick spritz from time to time, or better yet a humidifier.

Monstera deliciosa is toxic to people and pets, with the exception of its fruit which very rarely grows indoors.

As the plant matures it may send out aerial roots, kindly redirect these back to the soil.

Don’t forget to wipe away the dust every once in a while and if you wanna be extra add a tiny bit of coconut oil for a little extra shine.

My Monstera deliciosa and the white cylinder pot are from  Mickey Hargitay Plants .

My Monstera deliciosa and the white cylinder pot are from Mickey Hargitay Plants.