Let's talk about planting Monstera Deliciosa (also fondly known as "The Swiss Cheese Plant").
Here we will guide you through everything you need to know about planting and caring for this famous decorative house and garden plant.
They are particularly popular for their cool leaves, which are filled with interesting ridges and holes. As you may have guessed, they resemble a piece of Swiss cream cheese!
These exquisite plants are great as house guests (in addition to potted or patio garden plants if you live in a suitable climate).
What is great is that they are robust and tolerant. However, there are some important pointers to ensure that your plant thrives in your exact living environment. Continue reading!
The Monstera Deliciosa comes from the tropical forests in the southern regions of Mexico and Panama.
The name directly means "monstrous" (in terms of its large potential growth size) and "delicious" (in terms of the edible fruits the plant produces – tastes a bit like a smoothie with banana, mango and guava!).
This flowering plant is also a symbol (especially in Chinese culture) for longevity and life-giving properties.
In addition, this plant is known as a sign of respect and honor for wise and elderly people.
In addition, the Monstera plant is popular in feng shui practices. It is recommended as a means to cure fatigue and to gain energy in a room and in the surrounding people.
There are ways to plant both in the garden and as a permanent houseplant. Please note that there are some important notes and deviations for everyone:
In the garden:
- First of all, Monstera plants do not enjoy the cold. You should only consider planting outdoors if you live in a mild to warm temperate or tropical climate.
- Make sure you use a humus rich, moist soil mix (somewhere between pH 6 and 7 is great – a chalk, clay, or sandy soil base works well) with good drainage (in a garden bed or patio, or a suitable, preferably large planting) pot).
- Aim for a place with some partial shade, which is preferably protected from strong wind gusts.
- Be warned, the Monstera grows and grows. Therefore, make sure that you have enough space around the plant so that it can ripen.
It's a good idea to attach a grille to an adjacent wall or fence so it has something to hold onto.
In the wild it is used to climb neighboring trees and reach heights of over 20 m!
Do not be afraid, most gardens or patios do not offer such exponential growth opportunities for your plant.
A thoughtful cut from spring to summer ensures you keep things under control.
- I strongly recommend a high quality ready to use potting soil for houseplants (peat moss and vermiculite base are perfect).
- Again, make sure you have an appropriately sized pot for the plant to grow. Make sure there is sufficient drainage to prevent rotting or decaying the plant roots.
- The Monstera should be of great importance at home and is well suited as a decorative centerpiece in the living room, in the entrance area or in the lounge area.
Just make sure it is partially bright all day, but not so bright that the leaves are exposed to strong UV rays for a long time (this turns them funky yellow).
- You have to pay special attention to growth indoors. Make sure there is enough room for the plant to ripen, even if you plan to prune regularly.
You will find that most Monstera plants are sold at a starting height of up to 1 m.
With the necessary care, you can assume that your plant grows 30 to 60 cm each year and may reach a height of 3 m!
Also keep in mind that the plant wants to grow quickly.
The relative humidity in your living environment plays a role. As a rule, however, you should water the plant indoors and outdoors at least once a week (especially in summer).
Also try to keep the water cycles constant and let the topsoil drain at least 60-70% before watering again.
Good news, the Monstera Deliciosa is known for its special disease resistance. Problems that can arise are generally related to over or under water.
Just try to follow a regular irrigation pattern and keep an eye on soil moisture to avoid root rot in particular.
It is known that it occurs when fungal spores have managed to settle on the leaves of your plant. However, this is rare and very unlikely for a plant that is kept indoors.
If you need to fix the problem, just apply a regular fungicide to the affected areas.
House plants are known to attract small insects and mites, especially in winter.
You may notice a sticky residue or a white spider-like web over the leaves that the plant will not particularly enjoy.
I would recommend a monthly spray of horticultural oil, which is absorbed by the plant and fights the little horrors from the inside out (and gives the leaves a nice shine).
Remember that Monstera Deliciosa is a poisonous plant for humans and pets!
Chances are that your furry friends won't start licking or chewing your cheese plant. However, keep in mind that the plant is slightly toxic to both pets and humans.
Symptoms can be irritation in the digestive system and lead to vomiting!
As a general rule of thumb, I would recommend keeping it out of the reach of small children and pets wherever possible and wearing gloves when handling the plant.
- Watering can – always better than a random coffee cup to avoid spilling water everywhere.
- Secateurs – A good pair of secateurs do all types of indoor and outdoor work and should be part of every plant owner's toolkit.
- Water spray – nice for you when it's hot and your plants!
- Organic pesticides – like neem oil – are absorbed into the circulatory system of your plant and fight bad pests from the inside!
- Soil probe – these punches put your hand in a pot and become messy. They also help to ventilate the floor.
Finish planting Monstera Deliciosa
The venerable cheese plant is an excellent choice for many living environments and has been a favorite for decades.
If you take a few simple steps every month, you'll be rewarded with a stunning addition to your home or garden.
In addition, planting Monstera Deliciosa is a great choice for newbies as well as for seasoned plant lovers who want to expand their plant collection. Good luck and greenery!
by Andrew Gaumond
I have long been fascinated by the world of flowers and floral patterns. Today I am the lead author at Petal Republic – a website dedicated to discovering exceptional floristry around the world and presenting the best flowers and plants for every occasion and living environment.