Monstera Adansonii (aka Swiss Cheese Vine)
Updated: Nov 30, 2022
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Did you know:
This plant is nicknamed for its resemblance to swiss cheese. The holes in the Swiss Cheese plant are created by the plants need to want to grow up and out. This plant expels its energy out, rather than creating the entire area of the leaf. Cool, huh?
It's a fast grower and it prefers to climb, but is also happy to trail in a hanging basket or lone pot.
It can grow up to 70' tall in nature and 3' - 5' tall as a houseplant.
It can produce Peace Lily-like blooms (really rare!) called Spadix.
This plant prefers the "soak and dry" watering method, meaning it is happy being dunked in a bucket, or doused outside and then left to dry out for a while before being watered again.
It likes to be a little rootbound and does best this way. When repotting, it is best to wait until roots are visible from the bottom, coming out of the sides, or out of the top of the pot! Wait until it has overgrown and overstayed its container!
As it is a trailer that grows along trees in the jungles of South America, it does hate direct sunlight and can be prone to burning.
Due to its natural habitat of begin intertwined among other plants, this plant likes humidity. You can mimic this habitat by keeping it near other plants, using a humidifier, or by using a water dish with pebbles.
Left to right: 10" Swiss Cheese on a Pole, 8" Swiss Cheese on a Pole, 6" Swiss Cheese Pot