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      Swiss Cheese Plant - Monstera Deliciosa

      Swiss Cheese Plant

      English name:
      Swiss Cheese Plant, Custard plant, Indian ivy, Fruit salad plant, Mexican breadfruit

       Latin name:
      Monstera Deliciosa

       

       About me:

      The Monstera deliciosa is one of the more popular houseplant for years and there's little wonder why!

      A speedy grower and easy-pleaser, the Swiss Cheese plant is a great introductory plant for novices. 


       Origin: 
      Monstera are species of evergreen tropical vines/shrubs that are native to Central America. 

       

       Water & Light

      Monstera likes to dry out a little between watering.

      Give a drink whenever the top two inches of soil feel dry.

      Normally every 1-2 weeks.

      Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. 

      The Swiss Cheese plant will be ok in a semi-shaded spot, but she’ll grow much better somewhere that gets lots of light but not direct sun.


      Temperature:
      Average to room temperatures from 18-24°C but can cope with as low as 15°C but I'll grow really slowly at this temperature!

       Height/Growth:
      You can leave me trailing down or support me with a moss pole. My vines can get to lengths of up to 2 meter!
        
       Feed:

      One a month over the growing season, feed me with a balanced fertiliser.

       

       Grooming:
      Prune any dead leaves and re-pot me when I'm bursting out of my container.

       Care:
      Wipe my leaves to remove dust.

       Toxicity:
      Keep me away from children and pets.

      Fact:
      I'm a good air purifier, so I'll help filter airborne toxins. 

      If I'm getting to wild, you could train me to climb bamboo or a moss pole.

      FAQ's about Monstera problems:

      It is an easy-going plant and is generally pest-free.

      Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of horticultural (neem) oil and regular wipe-downs of the plant.

      Leaves turning brown and crispy at the edges

      Thirsty plant, under watered or high salt build up

      - Wilting plant, dry compost

      Under watered or pot-bound

      Yellowing leaves or black stems, wet potting mix

      Over watered