Monstera Deliciosa

    Commonly Known As:
  • Split-Leaf Philodendron,
  • Swiss Cheese Plant,
  • delicious monster,
  • fruit salad plant,
  • fruit salad tree,
  • ceriman,
  • monster fruit,
  • monsterio delicio,
  • monstereo,
  • Mexican breadfruit,
  • windowleaf,
  • balazo,
  • Penglai banana

Monstera Deliciosa, commonly known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, is native to the rainforests of Mexico and Central America. Its large iconic leaves feature unique patterns of perforations that become more pronounced as the plant matures. Monstera Deliciosa’s foliage is a product of adaptation; its holes and splits permit wind and heavy rainfall to pass easily through the plant, allowing it to thrive in its tropical habitat. In the wild, Monstera grow to dramatic heights and can produce edible fruit that taste like a combination of pineapple and jackfruit.

  • light

    Monstera Deliciosa thrive in bright to medium indirect light. These houseplants are not suited for intense, direct sun but can be acclimated to withstand it. Best to place Monstera near a window that is filtered by a thin curtain or blinds.

  • water

    Water Monstera every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Pro tip: Monsteras can benefit from filtered water or water left out overnight before using.

  • temperature

    Preferred temperature for Monstera Deliciosa are between 65°F and 85°F. Do not expose to temperatures below 50°F.

  • fertilizer

    Use a well-draining potting mix for your Monstera houseplant. Mix in ingredients such as perlite or lava rocks to increase soil aeration.

    Plant Facts
  • In the wild the Monstera Deliciosa produce incredibly rich fruits. That’s where the “deliciosa” part of the name comes from, because the fruit is so delicious.

  • The holes in a Monstera leaves have a function; they help withstand heavy rainfalls and wind within the tropical rainforest setting.

  • Speaking of leaves, when a Monstera leaf first produces its foliage, its leaves can’t develop anymore holes after that. However, the older and healthier the plant gets, the more holes its new leaves will get.

  • Native to the rainforests of Mexico and Central America

  • Difficulty level: Moderate

  • Monstera are mildly toxic and should be kept away from pets and children.

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