Monstera (Swiss Cheese plant) - Care tips
Monstera (Cheese Plant)
The Monstera is a tropical plant with leaves that can grow monstrously big. Thanks to her large leaves, the Monstera plant is an excellent air-purifier.
The Monstera plant family consists of different Monstera types, out of which the Monstera Deliciosa is most well-known. The Monstera Deliciosa is a climbing plant that likes to reach for the stars, so you definitely make her happy if you support her with a moss pole that helps her climb.
The Monstera Adansonii, also referred to as the ‘Monstera Monkey Mask’ is the smaller sister of the Monstera Deliciosa. The Monkey Mask is a real adventurer who likes to climb and trail. You make her feel most at home on a high shelf or in a hanging basket where she can cascade down.
Even though the Monstera Deliciosa doubtlessly is the most insta-famous of this bunch, her ‘white’ Monstera sisters Monstera Adansonii Variegated, Monstera Thai Constellation and the unique Variegated Monstera Deliciosa all have a truly unique style. Thanks to their variegated, multi-coloured leaves, they really stand-out in the crowd.
Swiss Cheese Plant
Nicknamed the ‘Swiss Cheese Plant’, the Monstera is famous for the natural holes and grooves she develops in her mature leaves. This is called fenestration.
As the Monstera Adansonii matures, her leaves become covered with completely enclosed holes that resemble – you already guessed it – Swiss cheese.
The Monstera Deliciosa develops ridges in her leaves rather than completely enclosed holes. A tiny new baby Monstera leaf start out as solid and heart-shaped, but the bigger she grows the more ridges or splits her leaves get.
Monstera Plant Care Tips
The Monstera plant originates from the dense, tropical jungles of South and Central America. In the wild, they grow on tree trunks, vining up trees to capture more light.
The theory goes that the splits or holes in the Monstera leaves allow the Monstera plant to maximize sun capture. The holes in the Monstera leaf help the plant adapt to low light as the holes allow the same leaf-area to cover a much wider space, giving them better chances to catch random rays of sunlight.
Light and placement
The Monstera thrives best in bright to medium indirect sunlight. She appreciates warm, humid conditions and likes to sit in slightly moist (but not wet) soil. Wait for the soil to dry until you water her again. To boost humidity, the Monstera loves it when you mist her leaves in between watering.
All Monstera’s generally require similar care, but the variegated Monstera’s need more light than their solid green sisters. Because the white parts of the variegated leaves cannot absorb light, the variegated Monstera produces less chlorophyll that can be used for photosynthesis. Low light conditions can cause the variegation to revert back to solid green. Keep in mind that direct sunlight can damage the leaves and cause sunburn.
Boost your Monstera with some plant food once or twice a month during growing season. Do not give her extra plant food during winter.
The Monstera plant is poisonous when ingested, so keep her away from small children and pets.
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