Jungle Vibe Climbing House Plant
|Botanical Name:||Monstera Adansonii|
|Common Name:||Swiss Cheese Vine|
|Light:||Bright Indirect Light Avoid Direct Sun|
|Watering:||Keep Moist But Not Wet|
|Feeding:||Once Or Twice Per Month In Growing Season|
|Humidity:||Misting regularly recommended|
Diameter: 40-45 cm
Plant ID: 11450 4view this plant size >
Monstera adansonii is an architectural glossy green houseplant with distinctive cut-outs in its lusciously large leaves. It’s easy care and brings instant tropical impact to any indirectly lit room you choose. Native to the American tropics, Monstera Adansonii is a smaller version of its cousin Monstera Deliciosa. It has large heart-shaped evergreen leaves with the distinctive slices we all recognise as a Swiss Cheese plant. Monstera adansonii differs from Monstera Deliciosa because it’s smaller and its leaves are punctuated with ovals rather than whole slices to the leaf edge. It was discovered by French botanist Michel Adanson who modestly named it after himself – its name means Adanson’s Monster.
In the wild, Swiss Cheese Vine is a climbing and trailing vine that can reach 6 metres in length, though it tends to reach a metre or two in homes if well cared for. It’ll need support such as mossy pole to climb and regular misting, but once you’ve sorted that it’ll bring a tropical jungle vibe to your home with little effort on your part. It’s an excellent air purifier but can be mildly toxic if ingested so do keep it out of reach of children and pets that like to chew.
How To Water And Feed Monstera Adansonii
As a jungle native Swiss Cheese Vine needs plenty of humidity and damp soil. Check the compost once a week and when it’s dry down to a few centimetres soak it in a sink of water and leave it to drain.
Wipe the leaves regularly to remove dust and mist it once or twice a week. Alternatively, you can pop it under a gentle cool shower to wash away dust and keep its air-purifying leaves in good condition.
In the spring and summer, a light feed of dilute houseplant fertiliser once a month will encourage new punctuated leaves – unlike Monstera Deliciosa its leaves emerge with the cut-outs in place.
How Much Light Does A Monstera Adansonii Need?
Light shade to bright indirect light is best, but not direct sunlight that will scorch its rainforest- evolved leaves. Swiss Cheese Vine is a faster grower in bright indirect light.
Where To Put A Monstera Adansonii
The very best place for a Swiss Cheese Vine is a light steamy bathroom but it will do well in most bright spots if you mist it regularly to mimic its jungle homeland. It climbs a pole with little spread so makes an excellent specimen plant when space is at a premium. Some interior designers let them grow up hooks on a bare wall, and they can be left to cascade from a shelf too. Avoid radiators, direct sunlight or drafts and your Swiss Cheese Vine will bring instant exotic jungle appeal to any room