Monstera on moss pole

Latin name

Monstera deliciosa

Pronounciation

(mon-STER-rah del-liss-ee-OH-sah)

Common name

Swiss cheese plant

Origin

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

How easy is it care for?

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).

Caring for your plant

Light

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

Watering

The soil should be moist, but not wet

Pruning

Do not prune. Dead or damaged leaves should be cut off at the base using a sharp knife or secateurs

Feeding

A weak solution of fertilizer can be added to the water every time you water the plant

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but mealybugs might be an occasional problem. These can be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel. Two-spotted spider mites may also appear, but if they do, that suggests that the plant is being kept in too dry and atmosphere. Regular misting with tepid water will deter spider mites

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Mill Road,
Henham,
CM22 6AA

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