Plants with Sam: Swiss Cheese Plant

Hi! Sam here with our latest issue of Plants with Sam, a blog about plants and how to take care of them. I am writing this series to go hand in hand with CrossRealms’ Let’s Grow initiative. My first post with more details can be found here.

Today I would like to talk about the Swiss Cheese Plant – More commonly known as Monstera Deliciosa. This is my favorite plant that I own because they get so big and gorgeous as they mature. It is also known as the Mexican Breadfruit, in reference to its corn cob-shaped fruit (which is said to taste like a combination of pineapple, banana, and mango)

A Monstera’s uniquely shaped leaves allow it to withstand downpours in tropical rainforests. Its structure also helps it take in the few streaks of sunlight that make it to the rain forest floor.

Light

Bright, indirect sunlight is fine for the Swiss Cheese Plant, but harsh sun needs to be avoided as it will scorch and possibly yellow the leaves. Make sure it is getting enough light, otherwise the "Swiss cheese effect" will start to disappear and it will start to produce leaves without holes.

Water

Only moderate levels of watering are required here. When you do water make sure you aim to get all of the compost evenly moist, then wait until it has almost dried out before watering again.

Temperature

Visible new growth will show whenever temperatures are regularly at 65°F or above. Although it will survive easily between 50°F - 86°F try to keep in the middle of this where possible to avoid temperature related problems.

Fertilizer

Feeding is essential if you want new, lush green growth. Use any houseplant feed and use it it at normal strength no more than once a month during periods of active growth. Reduce the amount and frequency of feed if you're finding your plant is becoming a monster and outgrowing its home too fast!

Humidity

It will take average to high humidity levels well, but will start to suffer if things are very dry for prolonged periods. Find ways that work for you to increase humidity if this is likely to be an issue in the spot you have chosen for it.

If you follow these plant care tips, your Monstera will be happy and healthy. Don't forget to stay tuned for more plant care tips!

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