The Monstera (mon-Steer-Ra) Deliciosa (Dell-ISS-cee-OH-sa) is probably one of the most identifiable house plants in the world. Their leaf is a stable shape that is used for so many designs that are based on the tropics in the world.
Despite being known most commonly as the "Swiss Cheese Plant" they were first discovered in Panama, Southern Mexico and Eastern Asia.
With up to 60cm in height and comes in a 17cm pot, this plant will be the star in whatever room you decide to place them.
It's extremely rare for a monster to flower in the house as it does in the wild; the name "deliciosa" comes from the fruit that grows from these flowers. They are meant to taste delicious when ripe.
The Monstera is actually a climbing plant in the wild. They attach themselves to tree trunks and rocks and then uses their aerial roots to climb over 20ft tall. This can be replicated at home by adding a moss pole and training the roots to use the moss pole to climb.
Care and tips:
🌞 = Prefers bright rooms or indirect sunlight with high humidity if possible. It can live in a low lit room, but will grow considerably slower.
💧= Allow soil to completely dry between waters, then water and be sure to drain any excess water left as this will create a root rot problem. They love humidity, so spray regularly or place in a humid room such as bathroom or kitchen.
🐶🐱👶= They are poisonous if eaten in large amounts, so be sure to keep out of reach of tiny humans and furry creatures.
You can easily propagate your monstera deliciosa in water from a stem and leaf cutting. Make sure you cut just below a node on the stem. This is a great way to prune back any wild leaves that look out of place!
Things to look out for:
Overwatering: Yellowing leaves can indicate that your plant has been overwatered and/or been getting too much direct sunlight.
Underwatering: Leaves and stems will go brown and shrivel if underwatered and/or not be getting enough light.
Other common names for this plant:
- Custard Plant
- Indian Ivy
- Fruit Salad Plant
- Mexican Breadfruit