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Monstera "Swiss Cheese Plant"

Monstera deliciosa

("mon-STIR-rah del-liss-EE-oh-sah")

£19.50
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The Swiss Cheese Plant, or Monstera deliciosa, has deeply indented, shiny leaves, which may reach 50 cm or more in length when mature.  The lobes are perforated with large holes, hence the nickname "Swiss Cheese Plant" and are either deep green or variegated with patches of cream and white depending on variety.  Young plants have entire leaves without perforations.  The holes and incisions in the leaves allow strong winds to pas through the foliage, without risking too much damage - an ideal adaptation to its natural habitat in the hurricane belt of Central America (and the reason for one of its common names: the Hurricane Plant). 

Monstera deliciosa will climb vigorously up a supporting moss pole with the aerial roots providing anchorage. Those aerial roots also act like miniature sponges and are able to absorb a small amount of water from mist. During the 19th Century, Monstera deliciosa was grown for both its ornamental foliage and its fruit. Under glasshouse conditions the arum-like flowers develop into white, banana-shaped fruits called cerimans, which taste like a cross between pineapples and bananas. These are very rarely produced indoors, but if they are, beware that some people can be sensitive to the tiny irritating spiny hairs on the fruit.

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Pets & Children

Like most aroids, these plants can be irritating to people and animals if chewed

Height

60-70cm. In its native rain forests of Central America the climbing stems can reach 20 metres or more in length, clinging onto tree trunks and branches with their thick aerial roots. Examples for the home can grow up to 1.5m

Nursery Pot Size

17cm

Country of Origin

Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Southern Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama

Habitat Conditions

In the wild, Monsteras grow in the wet, windy, humid tropics. They are epiphytes, which means that they climb up and on the branches of tall trees to get to the brighter conditions near the top of the forest canopy. This means that they like warm temperatures indoors and good, diffuse light

Plant Care

Light

Medium - medium-high. Avoid low light and also direct sunlight in the summer

Watering

The soil should be kept moist, but not wet, and should be allowed to dry out a little. Despite its size and jungle origins, it is not a heavy water user

Pruning

Long, leggy plants can be cut back to encourage branching

Feeding

A weak solution of fertilizer added to the water at each watering will be sufficient

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but mealybugs and two-spotted spider mites can be an occasional problem. Keep the plant misted to deter spider mites, and remove mealybugs when you see them by wiping off with a damp cloth or paper towel.
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