How to Take Care and propagate a Monstera, the Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss cheese plants (Monstera deliciosa) are grown for their lush, glossy foliage. They bring a modern jungle vibe to a room and are great air purifiers.

The leaves are heart-shaped when young and perforated (or like Swiss cheese) when mature. This process is called “fenestration” and is thought to be done by wild plants to let as much light as possible pass through the lower leaves.

Cheese plants are actually vines—they originated in South America, where they grow trees and attach themselves to them with roots. The Latin name Monstera deliciosa means “delicious monster”. Monsters refer to their size – in the wild they can be up to 20 m in height and width. Cheese plants grow fast and take up a lot of space even in an average household – they can reach at least 2m in height and 2.5m in width. Over time, they will need to be planted with moss poles or sticks for support.

Learn How to grow Swiss cheese plants

Cheese factories are low maintenance plants. The most important thing to remember is to provide them with the right amount of light – highlights out of direct sunlight are ideal. And don’t overwater—it’s better when the soil is dry.

Where to Grow Swiss Cheese Plants

Finding the right site for your Swiss cheese factory is very important. Too much bright sun and the leaves will burn. Too much shade will cause the leaves not to sink. A brightly lit location a few feet from a window is ideal. Do not place it near heaters or air conditioners. Give him plenty of room, as he will grow quite large.

Swiss cheese plants can only grow in temperatures above 18°C, but can survive temperatures as low as 10°C.


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