- Monstera Deliciosa Care: 5 Crucial Things You Need to Know
- Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant) Care: A Tropical Beauty
- Houseplant Care Guide: Monstera Adansonii
- Leaf and Paw
- Houseplant Care Guide: Monstera Adansonii
Monstera Deliciosa Care: 5 Crucial Things You Need to KnowThis post contains affiliate links. If you were to make a purchase through one, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Learn more. Maybe you know it as the Swiss cheese vine, trailing split — leaf or five holes plant. The Monstera adansonii is a smaller relative of the insta-famous Monstera deliciosa and quite often mislabelled as Monstera obliquaa much rarer family member. With the right care, the cheese vine plant makes a great evergreen indoor houseplant. Smaller size, but still a big impact. It can climb or trail, therefore your Monstera adansonii is perfect to keep as an indoor hanging plant or on a shelf where it can cascade down. Know the basics on how to best care for your Monstera adansonii and make it thrive. It is good to know where the Monstera adansonii originates from. What is the native habitat? Knowing this you can try and and mimic this for your plant in your home. The Monstera adansonii comes from the jungles of Central and South America. In the wild, they grow on tree trunks under coverage of the foliage above. This means it is not used to being in the full-blown sun all day. Therefore, you want to grow it in indirect sunlight. Put your plant near a window, but just out of the direct sun. Read More: How to take care of indoor plants in the summer. Look at your plant. Are the leaves droopy? Before you do anything, stick your finger into the soil to see how wet or dry it is. If the top inch of the soil feels just dry, water it. This jungle plant likes its soil to be a bit moist. That being said, do make sure not to give your plant too much water. Overall, water and fertilize regularly throughout spring and summer. In winter no more fertilizer and reduce watering. Now we know that the Monstera adansonii comes from deep in the jungle. Therefore it makes sense that it thrives on very high humidity, and high temperatures. Again, you want to set up the situation. Warm and humid bathrooms or kitchens are a great place to keep your Monstera adansonii plant. Otherwise, you should mist your plant frequently. Or set it on a humidity tray. You could also get a humidifier and place it near the plant to keep the humidity up. When spring comes along, do a quick root check to see if your Monstera adansonii needs repotting. Gently remove your plant from the pot, if needed tap the pot to loosen the soil and roots. Support the plant in one hand, and use your other hand to carefully take the pot off. Look at the roots. Do they have room to grow, or are they circling and really root bound in the pot? Give your Monstera some well-draining soil mixed with plenty of perliteand make sure the soil stays moist.
Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant) Care: A Tropical Beauty
Many homeowners love adding a touch of South America through this potted plant. Luckily, this species is relatively simple when it comes to its care. As mentioned above, this plant is found mainly across South and Central America. In the wild, it tends to habit areas close toe rivers, particularly those found in lower elevations. This name refers to the iconic leaves that are large, heart-shaped and covered in holes of various sizes. These appendages are approximately 21 to 42 centimetres in length and 0. There are many different forms of the Swiss Cheese Vine plant. Depending on the locality where the plant is from, the Monstera Adansonii can differ in size and looks. Specifically, the way the leaves and the holes in the leaves look like vary from type to type. We have at least 4 different types in cultivation. Some are extremely holey whilst others have only a few holes. In addition, some grow much larger leaves than others. Some of the variants have rather roundish leaves where others are more slender. The leaves of the narrow form are as the name suggest narrower than the wide form. Its leaves are usually more elongated and its tips point slightly to one side. The Monstera Adansonii Round Form has the same holes in the leaves as the Narrow Form but is wider and more heart-shaped. Apart from the looks, it does not deviate from the previously described Adansonii in any way. The Round Form is cared for in exactly the same way as the Narrow Form. There is a Variegated form of the Monstera Adansonii plant. This is a chimeric type that is very rare and hard to find. Even cuttings of variegated plants are sold in the thousands of dollars. Variegated Monkey Mask plants cannot be produced by seeds as these will in almost all cases not pass on the white or yellow variegation of the mother plant. In addition, variegated Monstera Adansonii cannot be produced by tissue culture. Therefore the only way is propagation through cuttings. Variegated Monstera Adansonii will also grow slower than their fully green counterparts as the section with white do not contain sufficient chlorophyll to photosynthesize. Also, purely white leaves will eventually brown and die back. If your plant only produces white leaves you will need to cut below the leaves and hope for less extreme variegation. Only the green parts in the leaves can produce chlorophyll to keep the plants alive. It is therefore not surprising that these plants are sold for several thousand dollars and only few nurseries in Asia, the USA and aroid collectors are cultivating this beautiful variant of the Monstera Adansonii. This adaptation allows the plant to cover more area while not wasting energy on a fully developed leaf blade. One of the most important aspects is the drainage. This type of plant thrives in a pot that has large draining holes located on the bottom. Peat-based soil tends to yield the best results when added to a deep pot. The ideal pH for your Swiss Cheese Vine plant is to be kept at around 5.
Houseplant Care Guide: Monstera Adansonii
September 17, - I responded to a classified ad for someone wanting to sell off this Monstera deliciosa because it was becoming too unruly for their small space. November 27, - here's the monstera enjoying some bright indirect light sun filtered through white blinds. As these winter days become shorter, there's less photosynthesis going on - therefore, less frequent waterings. Instead, it is the NEXT leaf that may have a more complex pattern if the overall plant is happy. How do you know if the plant is happy? It starts with light: if the plant can see the sky and not necessarily the sun, then it is getting so-called "bright indirect light" - the ideal light for just about all tropical foliage plants. May 12, - using a small bamboo trellis from the dollar store, I tied up the vines to give the overall plant a more compact look. This is just how monstera grows - they are vines that want to grow along some surface. So in a container, it will always become "unruly" as the vines grow past the edge of the pot. It's not necessary for the aerial roots to actually attach themselves to something like a moss pole or tree trunk. I'm just holding them against the trellis with soft rubber ties. Just google "soft rubber ties" and you'll find them - they are super useful and you can cut them to the required length. June 13, - it's a bittersweet day as I decided to move monstera to my church where she could have a room all to herself. With the front seat all the way up, my monstera fits just right in my Honda Civic bought it just a month before. An important care routine change should be noted: I'm only at my church once a week and it's far from where I livewhich means that I would be forced to water at fixed intervals. But since the light she will be getting is even brighter than in my home, I know that she will be thirsty within a week. So instead of watering less okay solutionincrease the light best solution. Don't worry, monstera! I'll be seeing you every week - this place has more space for you to grow and better light. LEFT: a west-facing windowed door. October 11, - just like kids outgrow their clothing, monstera has outgrown her first trellis. I'm glad I decided to pick up one of these sturdy vegetable trellises before the winter since the big box stores close up their gardening centers - would have had to wait until spring! Again, I'm just tying the vines against the trellis with rubber ties. As aerial roots reach down, I gently direct them into the pot so they can enjoy some soil moisture. January 6, - wow, this is the first leaf with a full set of cuts and a couple of holes along the midrib! May 23, - and here's a newer leaf with a full set of holes along the midrib. September 26, - at this rate of growth, I may need an even taller trellis next year. December 25, - correct light is the first step to house plant success. Second is watering.
Leaf and Paw
There is a great deal of confusion about what to call this plant; the various names have become inter-changeable over the years such as: windowleaf plant, ceriman, and Mexican breadfruit plant. Whatever we call them, these plants are native to the jungles of Mexico, Panama, and India, have big glossy heart- shaped leaves that, as the plant matures, split from the leaf edge to the center vein. These slits in the leaves are called cuts. If you want a big, tropical, low maintenance plant, this one is perfect. The leaves, stems, and roots of a split leaf philodendron contain oxalic acid. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets. A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants. Existing User? New User? Split Leaf Philodendron Monstera deliciosa. A split leaf philodendron needs medium to bright light Very few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. A high light area has over ft. It can survive in lower light, but the leaves won't split and the plant becomes leggy. Keep it out of the direct sun. Water well until the water drains out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Keep the soil damp but never soggy. Water droplets or perspiration on the leaves indicate over-watering; brown leaf edges indicate under watering. Split leaf philodendrons grow better in high humidity, but adapt to household humidity. This sucking plant pest causes yellow blotchy leaves with a red haze and a gritty feel to them. It appears as small bumpy brown spots that appear to move. As the scale sucks on the sap of the plant it secretes a sticky substance called honeydew. The honeydew attracts black mildew. Because of the shell-like exterior, sprays are only partially effective against scale. Use the Green Solution to clean off the black mildew. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants except palmsnever on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution.