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Monstera – Swiss Cheese Plant

Posted on January 26th, 2018

You may have caught wind of #monsteramondays and wondered why a Split-leaf Philodendron got a name change. Don’t worry, its a very common misconception.  Philodendrons are a large family of plants with many ways of presenting, and so, difficult to pin down. Possibly why our Monstera got lumped in with them.

Monstera Deliciousa has been a muse for the artist for a long time now. A terrific house plant, both for ease of care and for a dramatic display. It’s no surprise they’ve become Insta-Famous.

Care

Monsteras are climbers, however they are good house guests too. Their aerial roots do not tear into plaster but would need support if encouraged to grow vertical. These beauties come from Mexico and Guatemala where they climb up trees to get their ideal light. Indirect bright light. Tropical in nature they enjoy good amounts of moisture to keep their big leaves from dropping. For home care, it’s best to allow them to dry down only a quarter of their pot between waterings.

Edible?

Speaking of Deliciousa. Be wary – these beauties are completely toxic to humans and animals. We are talking stalks, leaves, roots the whole deal. Save one thing. On the rare occasion these dangerously captivating plants grace us with their fruit, they produce something edible. A small white berry is the procreation tactic of the Monstera, and it sounds like a good one. Apparently, these little white berries taste like a cross between a pineapple and a banana, or just a whole fruit punch! They rarely produce fruit outside of wild of greenhouse conditions but we suspect our Horticulturalists will be keeping a close watch all the same!

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