Large Glossy Leaved Indoor Plant
|Botanical Name:||Monstera Deliciosa|
|Common Name:||Swiss Cheese Plant|
|Light:||Low to bright indirect light|
|Watering:||Water if compost is dry to the touch|
|Feeding:||House Plant Fertiliser weekly in growing season|
|Humidity:||Misting regularly recommended|
Diameter: 70-80 cm
Plant ID: 11407 4view this plant size >
Monstera Deliciosa is an evergreen vine that originates from the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. It’s a tough but beautiful houseplant with distinctive heart-shaped leaves scattered with gaps that give it its common name the Swiss Cheese plant.
The attractive gaps allow light to trickle from the jungle canopy to its lowest leaves and they grow in length as the plant matures adding super detail to the foliage. Monstera Deliciosa means ‘delicious monster’. Monster in a nod to its large leaves and eventual height and Deliciosa after the sweet sticky fruits that are produced in the wild. It’s a vine that can get quite big, growing to several metres in length with leaves that can make a metre across, so it will eventually need support from a pole or stake.
Swiss Cheese plant is very popular for its architectural jungle-feel foliage and low light adaptability. It’s a best-selling houseplant that needs little maintenance with the RHS AGM as a result.
How To Water And Feed Monstera Deliciosa
Swiss Cheese plant likes it dry so water is only needed when the compost feels dry down to a few centimetres.
Soak the roots and allow excess water to drain away because sitting in a pool of water will rot its roots and eventually kill it. In spring and summer, a light dilution of liquid houseplant fertiliser every week or when dry encourages new fresh growth. In ideal conditions expect a lot of growth. It’s not dependant on humidity, but an occasional misting or cool shower is beneficial along with a damp cloth over dusty leaves.
How Much Light Does Monstera Deliciosa Need?
Not much! It’s a jungle plant that lives below a thick canopy, so direct sunlight is too harsh for the foliage which will scorch. Indirect sun and low light are best. The distinctive light-catching leaf cut-outs may not appear in very low light.
Where to Put Monstera Deliciosa
Tropical good looks combined with low maintenance needs make Swiss Cheese Plant a real statement piece in any room of the house. If you avoid sunny windowsills and radiators a Swiss cheese plant will grow almost anywhere in draft-free 15- 30 degree temperatures. It looks particularly good in a bright but shaded spot in the living room where it will purify the air and boost your health. Ingesting a large amount of leaf can cause mild stomach upsets so avoid a spot accessible to small children and inquisitive pets.