The Monstera Deliciosa or “Swiss Cheese Plant” is a tropical evergreen plant native to Central America, fast-growing both in height and popularity.
Growing pot size: Available in 10cm, 15cm, and 25cm
Other common names: Monstera Deliciosa, ‘Hurricane Plant’
Care Level: Easy
Light: Bright, indirect light
Water: Every 1-2 weeks
Pet Friendly: No
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Swiss Cheese Plant - Care Practices
Light: Bright indirect light.
Water: Water thoroughly, allowing the top 3cm-5cm of soil to dry in between watering. Do not allow the soil to completely dry out.
Humidity: Comfortable in regular room humidity, but benefits from a mister or humidifier.
Temperature: Average from 18°C to 30°C
Fertilizer: We recommend a 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer (half a teaspoon diluted in about a gallon of water.)
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. Add perlite or lava rocks to aid soil aeration.
Propagation: Take stem cuttings from the node.
Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 5cm larger in diameter than the original pot.
Cleaning Tip: Gently wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust. Remove yellowing leaves right away.
Toxicity: Irritant. Keep plants away from children and pets.
Swiss Cheese Plant - Common Problems
My Swiss Cheese Plant is getting monstrous!
Monstera Deliciosa can grow quite large and unruly over time. To curb excessive growth, avoid re-potting too often and prune it regularly - this won’t damage its overall health.
Why is my Swiss Cheese Plant wilting?
This is usually due to being underwatered. If the plant and potting mix are dry, it could also mean your plant is claustrophobic and needs a bigger pot to sit in.
Why are the leaves on my Swiss Cheese Plant turning brown?
Brown or crispy leaves are a sign of thirst and potentially a high salt build-up in the pot, which can be combated with less fertilizer and more water.
Signs of Overwatering
Yellowing leaves and black stems.
Check for thrips, spider mites, and scale.
Can Swiss Cheese Plant take full sun?
While this plant can acclimatize to pretty much any state, from full darkness to bright sunlight, we’ve found the best results come from medium indirect sun.