This tropical perennial hails from the jungles of South and Central America. It is a vining houseplant with unique leaves that resemble swiss cheese.
Growing Pot Size: 10cm
- The Swiss Cheese Vine is a popular indoor plant boasting heart-shaped leaves adorned with unique, cheese-like holes called fenestrations.
- This is a vining plant, meaning it loves to climb! Insert a wooden stake into the centre of the pot to support it.
- Thrives in humid environments - try keeping it in your bathroom or conservatory.
- Growing pot size: 10cm.
Key Benefits: Air Purifying
Like many houseplants, the Swiss Cheese Vine is a natural air purifier and promotes a healthy indoor climate by removing toxins such as formaldehyde from the air.
Swiss Cheese Vine - Monkey Mask
Did you know that the Swiss Cheese Vine is also referred to as Monkey Mask? This is because its leaves are said to resemble the face of a monkey!
Where does it come from?
The Swiss Cheese Vine is native to the jungles of Central and South America, where it typically lives in the shade of other jungle trees.
Plant Care Tips: Swiss Cheese Vine
Light: Prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate partial shade. Avoid full sun as this can scorch the leaves.
Water: Water when the soil feels dry. Be sure to check soil weekly.
Humidity: This is a jungle plant meaning it enjoys humid environments. Try misting regularly or keeping it in the bathroom or conservatory.
Temperature: Keep at temperatures of 18-27°C. Avoid draughts and temperatures below 12°C.
Fertiliser: Feed once a month using a well-balanced fertiliser.
Cleaning: Wipe occasionally using a damp cloth to get rid of any dust and dirt.
Propagation: This plant can be propagated using stem cuttings.
Pets: Toxic. Keep away from pets and children.
Swiss Cheese Vine - Common Issues and Questions
Why are the leaves of my Swiss Cheese Vine brown and yellowing?
Brown, yellowing leaves are most often a sign of overwatering. Make sure to only water your Swiss Cheese Vine when the top 3-5cm of soil is dry.
Help! I think my Swiss Cheese Vine has root rot!
Don’t panic! Root rot is very common with indoor plants and is almost always a result of overwatering. You can treat root rot by removing the affected roots with a pair of shears. Repot your plant into a new, well-draining pot and refill using an appropriate potting mix. Finally, be sure not to overwater your plant in the future - the Swiss Cheese Vine should only be watered when the soil is dry!
My Swiss Cheese Vine has drooping leaves. What am I doing wrong?
Drooping leaves can be due to a lack of moisture. This can be a result of too much drought or too little watering. Be sure to water your plant thoroughly and mist it regularly.
Common pests: The Swiss Cheese Vine is susceptible to spider mites, scale, mealybugs, aphids, and thrip, which are most common during the spring months.
*Decorative pots sold separately.