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The Return of the Monsters

What epitomises home décor of the 1970s for you? Is it brown and orange furnishings, shaggy rugs or lava lamps? For many who grew up in a plantful home, it’s Monstera deliciosa or, as it was more commonly known at the time, the Swiss Cheese Plant. This versatile house plant was a staple of many a 1970s living room and for a whole host of good reasons.

Monstera decisiosa is traditionally considered to be a symbol of long life and represents the honouring of elders

It grows quickly, unfurling impressive new foliage regularly throughout the growing season, and a mature plant can transform a space like few other house plants.

It’s easy to care for, easy to root cuttings from, and a joy to look at. It’s no wonder people are learning to appeciate its beauty all over again.

But the well known Monstera deliciosa has some similarly wonderful, less famous siblings.

And though you might not see the family resemblence in all it’s siblings, they do share a way of life and by extension similar care needs as a houseplant

Their natural habitat is the humid tropical rainforest of the Americas. In these dense jungles, competition for light is intense, and Monsteras have a few tricks up their sleeves.

They are hemiepiphytic, germinating on the forest floor and clambering up tree trunks towards the light with the help of aerial roots from their stems.

There’s around 50 plants in the Monstera genus, but you’re only likely to find a few regulars in cultivation for house plants.

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What epitomises home décor of the 1970s for you? Is it brown and orange furnishings, shaggy rugs or lava lamps? For many who grew up in a plantful home, it’s Monstera deliciosa or, as it was more commonly known at the time, the Swiss Cheese Plant. This versatile house plant was a staple of many a 1970s living room and for a whole host of good reasons.

It grows quickly, unfurling impressive new foliage regularly throughout the growing season, and a mature plant can transform a space like few other house plants.

It’s easy to care for, easy to root cuttings from, and a joy to look at. It’s no wonder people are learning to appeciate its beauty all over again. But the well known Monstera deliciosa has some similarly wonderful, less famous siblings.

And though you might not see the family resemblence in all it’s siblings, they do share a way of life and by extension similar care needs as a houseplant

Their natural habitat is the humid tropical rainforest of the Americas. In these dense jungles, competition for light is intense, and Monsteras have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Monstera decisiosa is traditionally considered to be a symbol of long life and represents the honouring of elders

They are hemiepiphytic, germinating on the forest floor and clambering up tree trunks towards the light with the help of aerial roots from their stems.

There’s around 50 plants in the Monstera genus, but you’re only likely to find a few regulars in cultivation for house plants.