Swiss Cheese Anyone? Have Some in Plant Form With This Houseplant
Monstera deliciosa plant, aka the Split Leaf Philodendron or Swiss Cheese Plant, adds a touch of dark green decor to any room inside your home!
The joys of watching a Monstera leaf slowly unfurl simply cannot be compared! Your plant will ship with mostly solid green leaves. As the plant matures, the heart shaped leaves will start to produce fenestrations or the leaf holes that give this houseplant its nickname of “Swiss Cheese”. Each leaf is unique with glossy green color and cuts or ribbons where the perforated leaves split.
Native to tropical rainforests, it is easily adaptable to indoor growing and makes lovely home decor. Growing quite large in the wild, it’s good to keep in mind that you will need some room to grow the Monstera plant indoors and have it thrive. Additionally, this philodendron plant grows tall and will need support such as a moss pole or trellis to climb upon.
Grown indoors, you typically won’t see the philodendron Monstera flower. But if you grow Monstera deliciosa outdoors you can see beautiful flowers and edible fruit.
MONSTERA DELICIOSA CARE
With easy care and little maintenance, an indoor Monstera deliciosa is hard not to add to your plant collection! Monstera deliciosa plants like room temperatures that stay warm and humid around 65-80 F. Feel free to mist the leaves to enhance the humidity just like it would receive in the wild. Monstera deliciosa pruning can help to keep your plant to the desired size and shape.
Growers across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 9 and up can grow this tropical plant outdoors all year long.
Best Soil for Monstera Deliciosa Plants
A well draining soil that is rich in nutrients is the best choice for your new indoor plant! Any potting mix with extra added perlite or peat moss will do just the trick to keep your Split Leaf Monstera looking its best without getting waterlogged or wet roots. Be sure to choose a container with a drainage hole to allow excess water to drain and avoid soggy soil.
Monstera Deliciosa Light Requirements
The large leaves of mature Monstera deliciosa plants require lots of bright indirect light conditions to thrive. Luckily, having holey leaves helps the light filter through to the bottom branches and leaves. Choose a sunny window with lots of indirect light. A south or east facing window is best. Too much sun can cause leaf scorch or burn.
How Often to Water Monstera Deliciosa Plants?
Monsteras are quite drought tolerant once established. We recommend watering once weekly or whenever the potting soil feels dry to touch. Too much watering can cause your plant to have wet feet or root rot which isn’t recommended for optimal growth.
How Big Does Monstera Deliciosa Grow?
An outdoor monstera deliciosa size at maturity can grow up to 30 feet tall if left untamed. This is uncommon when grown as indoor house plants. Indoors, the split leaf monsteras can grow up to 4-6 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. The Monstera deliciosa growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year. An annual application of slow release fertilizer during the active growing season will help to increase growth.
Repotting Monstera Deliciosa Plants
Your plant will come in a 6 inch pot and may need to be repotted shortly after arrival. Repotting monstera is a good idea if the plant is root bound and freshen up the soil to give new nutrients. The right pot size for monsteras would be 2-3 times bigger than the plant pot it is currently in. Monstera plants prefer to be slightly root bound and aerial roots may start to form around the edges. It is totally normal and adds to the aesthetic appeal of this unique plant. Additionally, some plants may produce “pups” or baby monsteras that you can keep growing in the same pot or propagate into a new pot to give to friends.
We love Monstera deliciosa Swiss Cheese plants for their low maintenance qualities and ability to brighten any room!
*Disclaimer: Monstera leaves are toxic to cats or people if ingested.
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The plant was perfectly packed. No leaves were broken abd the dirt was not disturbed. The plant was beautiful. I have 2 new leaves already. Thank you so much!!!
We are always thrilled to get reviews like these. Hope you and your Monstera Deliciosa are doing well. And yay for the 2 new leaves. Take care!