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Swiss Cheese Plant

English Name

Monstera Deliciosa

Scientific Name

Description

Monstera Deliciosa is one of the most popular foliage plants for the home. The name Deliciosa refers to the delicious fruits that the plants produce when they mature.

Mexico

Origin

Araceae

Family

50°F - 64°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 8'1"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

Once a week in Summer, every 14 days in Winter. Always check soil before watering to see that the surface is dry.

Feeding

Feed every 3 weeks in Spring and Summer with liquid house-plant food.

Repotting

Re-pot in Spring into pots one size larger, using potting compost. When pot is large enough, top dress 2-3 inches of soil.

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings with at least 2 leaves, in Spring. Plant in 4 inch pot containing equal parts moistened mixture of peat moss and sand. Cover with plastic bag and keep warm. Place it in bright filtered light. Propagation can also be done by air-layering, stem sections with a leaf or from seeds sown in a heated propagator.

Cultivation

Give Monstera good light but not direct sunlight. Guide the aerial roots into the soil or wind them around the stem. Keep them warm and moist.

Tips

Cut tops of tall plants to limit their growth.

Care

Monstera plant should develop holes in its leaves. If it doesn't, the site may be too dark or the air may be too dry. Do not cut the long aerial roots, they enable the plant to take more moisture and nutrients. The plant dislike cold draughts and excess water. If the leaves are beaded with moisture the compost is too wet.

Decorate

In hallways, in dining room, in office and in conservatory.

Humidity

Moderate to high.

Soil

Soil-based potting mixture.



Did you know?

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