Monkey Mask is a variety of Swiss Cheese Vine, closely related to the much loved Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa).
With beautiful fenestrated leaves, this vine will grow long tendrils and can be left to trail down from a hanging pot or shelf, or trained up a trellace or moss pole. Either way, the stunning foliage makes for a dramatic statement.
Often mis-sold as Monstera obliqua, which is only very rarely found in the wild and almost never in cultivation, this plant is actually Monstera adansonii, or a hyrid with another parent from the Monstera genus.
Leaves are around 20-40cm, perforated and leathery, growing in abundance from vining stems. Flowers are rare when grown as a houseplant, but when present appear as other members of the Araceae family, the most common example being those of the Peace Lilly (Spathiphyllum spp.)
The accepted botanical name is Monstera adansonii, but is also often referred to as Monstera obliqua, Monstera minima and Philodendron 'Monkey Mask'. It's commonly known as Monkey Mask, Swiss Cheese Vine.
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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 adansonii (aka Monstera obliqua, Monstera minima, Philodendron 'Monkey Mask'), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Given the right conditions and care, Monstera adansonii is fast growing and will quickly extend long tendrils in search of something to climb. Smaller plants may take a little longer to establish themselves and will have fewer stems in each pot.
Monstera are usually happy to grow in very root-bound conditions, so you'll only need to repot when a plant is young or after a few years to refresh the compost. Otherwise, just add a little fresh compost to the pot of the pot each year, and feed with half-strength organic plant food once a month throughout the growing season.
Cuttings root easily, so you can propagate in the same way as Monstera deliciosa to create new plants __or, if you want your parent plant to have some more stems for a bushier appearance, you can plant the rooted cuttings in with the parent plant.
If you water with unfiltered tap water, flush the compost through very well with tepid once each year to remove any built up salts in the compost.
Monstera are naturally jungle understory plants where they make the most of the dappled light filtering down from the canopy overhead, but they will soak up as much of our British sun as you can give them. They'll also succeed in bright indirect light, but they tend to look a bit sad in the shade.
Water well but infrequently. Monstera adansonii likes to get oxygen to its roots inbetween waterings so allow the compost to dry somewhat before you water again. If in a very sunny spot like a conservatory or south facing window then make sure you keep a close eye on it - it can respire a lot during one hot day. If you're a serial under-waterer then it may be best to move it to a bright spot where it won't receive too many hours of direct sun over the summer.
As a tropical plant, Monstera adansonii likes it warm. Night time temperatures can dip to 12ºC without any ill effect, but it should be at least 15ºC and ideally 18ºC during the day.
Extended periods of low temperatures will cause the leaves to develop dark patches and die back. If that happens, move it somewhere warmer as soon as possible and it will usually recover well over the next growing season.
While not quite as low-maintenance as it's sibling Monstera deliciosa, it's still an easy plant to care for and a good starter plant if you're looking for something leafy but unchallenging. Just keep those winter temperatures up!
Like most members of the Araceae family, the plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which cause irritation to the mouth and GI tract. Although the leaves don't have a grass-like appearance to entice curious pets, some pets may choose to have a nibble, so watch them carefully when you first introduce the plant and keep well out of their reach if they show any interest.