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Swiss Cheese Plant
House Plant, Evergreen Climbing Shrubs
Use a balanced liquid fertilizer if required
Water reguarly in growing season
Bright, indirect light
Trim aerial roots if unruly
Mealybugs, Aphids, Thrips, Scale and Spider mites
Generally disease free
Peat based potting compost
In Peru, it's long aerial roots are used to make ropes
Monstera deliciosa is also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant because of the holes in its leaves that are similar to the holes in some types of Swiss cheese. This is the poster child for house plants, and a species that most plant enthusiasts love to have in their collection. This species is native to the tropical forests of southern Mexico, all the way to Panama.
Monstera means "monstrous", which is a reference to the size that this plant can grow (over 9m), and deliciosa means "delicious" which refers to its edible fruit. A peat-based potting compost is needed, and you can apply a balanced liquid fertilizer to Monstera deliciosa every few weeks, if required, during the growing season. The soil will need to dry out slightly in between being watered. The Swiss Cheese Plant likes moisture, misting every few days using a bottle of demineralized water or rainwater, will keep it happy and humid. The leaves turn to face the nearest light source so turning your plant each week will help to achieve an even spread of foliage. Be careful, too much direct light in warmer months may burn the foliage. If the aerial roots get too unruly for the space then you can trim them, but it’s preferable to tuck them back into the pot.
Be sure to give the leaves a gentle wipe if they look dusty to help them get more light for photosynthesis. Monstera deliciosa have a few common pests such as aphids, mealybugs, thrips, and spider mites. If you find any pests, you can wash the leaves with insecticidal soap or spray the plant with a direct water stream. These are great houseplants as they purify the air. This plant should not be ingested.