Monstera Adansonii aka Swiss Cheese Plant
Monstera Adansonii Quick Overview
|Full Size||10-20 metres|
The Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Adansonii) gets its name from its large leaves with holes that resemble Swiss cheese. The Swiss Cheese Plant is part of the Araceae family and is found across South America and Central America. Super easy to grow, this plant is a great one to add to your collection.
This Monstera is a plant that loves to climb. Give it a trellis or stake for it to start climbing upwards or leave it to hang down over a dresser. Your Swiss Cheese Plant will love being positioned in a spot with bright indirect light and high humidity. Not only does this plant look unique, it’s fast growing and super easy to propagate.
When kept indoors with proper care you can expect your Monstera Adansonii to reach up to 10 to 20 metres in length so make sure you have a good pair of pruners ready for propagating.
Monstera Adansonii prefer to be positioned in bright indirect light for best growth and require this to thrive. A sign your Swiss Cheese Plant is not getting enough light is slow growth and new leaves not producing holes. This can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits its light requirements.
Monstera Adansonii will perform best when in an area which maintains a temperature of 60 to 80˚F (15 to 26˚C). Being kept outside of this temperate range for prolonged periods of time can lead to poor plant health.
Since these plants originate from deep in the jungle where humidity is extremely high, maintaining a high humidity will assist in keeping your Monstera Adansonii happy and healthy. Placing your plant in a spot in your home where there’s more humidity like the kitchen or bathroom will assist in keeping your plant happy. For tips on increasing humidity levels click here.
You can expect your Monstera Adansonii to require water when the top layer of soil is dry. When watering your Swiss Cheese Plant be sure to water thoroughly, allowing water to drain completely. Aside from solely relying on the watering frequency to tell when your plant is thirsty, a tell tale sign that your Swiss Cheese Plant needs water is leaves folding or shrivelling.
As a rule of thumb your Monstera Adansonii should be fertilized every month during spring and summer. This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. Fertilizing is not necessary during fall and winter when growth slows.
Monstera Adansonii require a peat-based soil that is well draining as the plant likes to be moist but not wet. Adding peat to the soil helps to trap moisture without making the soil waterlogged. Adding perlite or other substances can help with aeration and draining.
Diseases & Pests
The most common diseases and pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Monstera Adansonii are fungal spots, leaf spots, spider mites and scale insects. For a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests click here.
Monstera Adansonii are considered to be toxic if ingested. The plant contains insoluble calcium oxalates and can cause swelling, vomiting and burning to cats and dogs if ingested.