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Swiss Cheese Monstera

Monstera adansonii

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Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

The Swiss Cheese Monstera (Monstera Adansonii) is one of those plants everyone wants to have because of its unusual leaves. Its leaves have swiss-cheese like holes that developed due to its native tropical rainforest environment to help withstand heavy rainfall and wind passing through them. It's aerial roots help it climb upwards or be a hanging vine, gathering nutrition and moisture from the air.

Swiss Cheese Monstera
Swiss Cheese Monstera

About Swiss Cheese Monstera

Cultures all over the world find useful sources such as the aerial roots of the Monstera adansonii to use for weaving furniture and baskets in Guatemala. Whether it's used for furniture or greening up your space, its unusual holey leave shape makes it a conversational piece in any home.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Easy to care for.

Pet Friendly: Warning

This plant can cause oral irritation, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.

Origins

Central and South America

Fun Facts

As this plant's leaves age, they get bigger The Swiss Cheese Monstera vine can grow 10-15 feet long inside. In the outdoors, in their native environment, they grow to 50 feet. The Monstera adansonii is a hemiepiphyte, which means it lives part of its life as an epiphyte by growing and climbing onto other host plants using its aerial roots. Monstera means strange in Latin. The aerial roots are used in Guatemala to make furniture and baskets.

Swiss Cheese Monstera

Great For People Who…

  • Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
  • Great for people who love the tropical vibe
  • Great for people using Feng Shui
Swiss Cheese Monstera

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Monstera adansonii Care Guide

  • High

    Indoors: Bright, indirect light in a southern, eastern exposure. Outdoors: Bright, indirect sunlight on a covered sunlite covered porch. Bring in when temperatures are below 55°F at night.

  • Low

    Water when the soil is dry on your moisture meter. Check the moisture each week in the summer and every two weeks in the winter. Use filtered, bottled, or tap water sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals. Take the plant out of your decorative container and water enough that the water discharges out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot. Water consistently and rotate your plant one quarter turn each time you water for consistent sunlight exposure.

  • High

    Keep medium to high humidity around this plant on average at 50%. Add a gravel tray, or use a humidifier or group with other plants. Spritz daily. Use filtered water to prevent hard water spots on the leaves.

  • 65 to 85

    Average comfortable room temperatures will be sufficient. These plants do not like cold temperatures under 55°F.

  • 10|11

    This plant can thrive outside in a brightly covered area out of direct sunlight getting 6-8 hours where temperatures are above 55°F at night.

  • Monthly

    Add a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month when watering during the growing season between spring and fall. Give it a rest during the winter months while it's in dormancy.

  • 3 Years

    When receiving the Dracaena Tree do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months. Repot every 3-5 years or when the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier.

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    Suppose your indoor plant has gotten too leggy or long and losing some of its bushiness on top; early on, start tip pruning to keep it lush. Use the cuttings for propagation.

    To clean the leaves, either take your plant to a tub or shower and shower the leaves with filtered water from a handheld watering can or spray down the leaves with a spritz bottle. Clean the soil of any debris and replenish it with fresh soil if depleted.

  • Cuttings

    To propogate, find the node with an aerial root and cut below this node making sure at least one leaf is attached. Dip the bottom end into rooting hormone and prepare the damp potting mix as if you were repotting. Sink the end down into the soil about a half inch. Keep the soil moisture consistent for 4-6 weeks until the roots establish. Keep the cutting in a bright, indirect, humid area.

    You can also take the propagation and place the node with leaf into filtered water and let it root this way. Once the roots grow about 1 inch long, transplant it into rich, damp potting mix amended with coco fiber, perlite, orchid bark and worm castings.

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