Monstera deliciosa






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Monstera deliciosa

Plant availability:

Please note that plants are often subject to growers' stocking levels and seasonal availability.

Origin:

Mexico

Common Names:

Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant (edible fruit only when ripe. This plant only fruits when grown  outside).

Size:

Up to 3m (h) x 2m (w). Taller if given an very large pot or planted in the ground.


Growth Habit:

Sprawling climber unless trained on a totem pole. Monsteras are a climber but are best trained on a totem pole indoors otherwise they tend to keep sprawling outwards. Monsteras send out long, brown aerial roots which, in the wild, are used to anchor the plant up trees because of their weak stems. Prune to control size. Juvenile growth emerges with no pinnate leaves (slits) or holes in the leaves however these appear as the leaf matures and increases in size.

Position:

Indoors, Monsteras tolerate a broad spectrum of light levels (low to bright). No direct sun rays on the leaves as sunlight is too strong and will scorch many indoor plants. Keep away from direct air flow from a heating or cooling vent.
Outside, grow Monsteras in shady or filtered light position protected from strong winds and frost. It prefers temperatures above 15 degrees celsius. Plants grown outside may flower and fruit (called a ceriman) but ensure fruit is ripe before consuming as it can cause painful blistering, swelling and irritation.

General Care and Maintenance:

  • For best results, grow as an indoor plant in Melbourne.
  • Watering: Water regularly in spring, summer and autumn (during warm weather) but allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. This is best checked by scratching the top 2 cm of soil back with your finger. Water sparingly through winter. If you keep your home cool over summer, adjust watering accordingly. Do not let it dry out completely as this may cause leaf burn.
  • Fertilising: Use slow release fertiliser (this is already present in all good potting mixes) however it will need to be topped up every 3 - 6 months (depending on the brand and application rates). In warm weather, apply a liquid fertiliser such as 'Powerfeed' every 1-2 weeks.
  • When repotting, use good quality potting mix such as 'The Greenery Potting Mix' available in bags in store. To keep this plant performing at its peak, repot every 2-3 years.
  • Remove dead or damaged foliage to keep plant looking its best.
  • Pruning: Prune to control size and aerial roots that are not actively supporting the plant.


Design Tips:

A beautifully sculptural plant that is very popular with interior designers. Use this plant where you have plenty of space or if you are happy to prune and repot every couple of years to restrict root and plant size.




 


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