Monstera deliciosa is a species of flowering plant native to tropical forests of southern Mexico, south to Panama. It has been introduced to many tropical areas, and has become a mildly invasive species in Hawaii, Seychelles, Ascension Island and the Society Islands
|Common name||swiss cheese plant|
|Maximum Reachable Height||60 feet or more|
Planting And Care
Plant in a peaty, well-draining soil in a pot with drainage holes. Monstera deliciosa is a climber in its natural habitat, using its aerial roots to cling to large trees, so you should provide it with moss-covered support sticks or a trellis.
- Place your Monstera where it can receive medium to bright indirect light.
- While it is tolerant of lower light conditions, you may notice leggy growth as a result, so a spot where it will receive bright indirect light a few feet removed from a southern, western, or eastern facing window is ideal.
- Monstera will grow in a lot of different soil types, but I’ve found a chunky/loose combination of half well-draining potting mix and half orchid mix (bark, perlite, charcoal) works best.
- This allows me to water more often, keeping the medium damp but never soggy.
- Let your Monstera dry out between waterings.
- Water thoroughly when topsoil is dry, usually once a week.
- Avoid overwatering, and note that your watering schedule may be less frequent during winter months
Application of Fertilizer
During spring and summer when monstera is growing, fertilize plants monthly with a general purpose water-soluble fertilizer such as 20-20-20 applied at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water for outdoor plants and 1/2 teaspoon of water per 2 quarts of water for indoor plants.
Repotting cheese plants is done every year when the plant is young to encourage growth and freshen the soil. Go up in container size until you reach the largest pot you wish to use. Thereafter, the plant needs a fresh top dress of rich soil annually but will be content for several years at a time even if it is root bound. Early spring before new leaves occur is when to repot Monstera for the best results.
- It can purify the air and is useful in humidifying air conditions.
- Its fruit is full of vitamin C, proteins, some vitamin B, calcium, phosphorous and no fat but it is poisonous if it does not fully ripen