A classic of 70's interiors, the Swiss Cheese Plant has made a triumphant return and for good reason! It's easy to care for, fast growing, and makes a truly impressive display with large lobed and fenestrated leaves.
Native to the rainforests of central America where it grows as a hemi-epiphyte, germinating on the forest floor and quickly scrambling up the nearest tree trunk to live its adult life in the sub-canopy. It climbs using specially adapted aerial roots to secure itself and draw nutrients from decaying organic material which collects between tree branches.
Young leaves heart shaped and lack the deep lobing and fenestration which develops in mature foliage as the plant climbs and finds brighter light. The mature leaf shape is perfectly adapted to maximise surface area to catch as much of the dappled sun filtering down from the canopy above.
The accepted botanical name is Monstera deliciosa, but is also often referred to as Monstera borsigiana. It's commonly known as Swiss Cheese Plant, Hurricane Plant, Split Leaf Philodendron and Swiss Cheese Plant.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Monstera deliciosa (aka Monstera borsigiana), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Hemi-epiphytes are accustomed to being root-bound and for their growing medium to dry out, so don't overwater or rush to repot.
Monstera deliciosa is adapted to filtered light in the tropical sub-canopy, but as a houseplant in the UK it will succeed best in a position with as much full sun as it can get. It will tolerate a slightly shadier position but will be slow growing and leaves may revert to the immature heart-shaped form.
Allow the soil to dry between waterings, then water thoroughly. Unless in a very warm bright spot over winter, be sure to keep the soil dryer as root damage is more likely with cold, damp soil.
All growth will stop at below about 10ºC. Foliage will die with any freezing temperatures.
Monstera deliciosa is one of the easiest tropical plants to care for. You're much more likely to hurt it by giving it too much attention than neglect! It succeeds in almost all lighting conditions.
While the leaves are slightly poisonous if eaten, a significant quantity must be ingested for any serious effects. The size of the leaves seem to deter most pets, who prefer more bite-sized foliage which resembles the grasses they eat for fibre.