Swiss Cheese Plant Care Guide
Monstera is one of the most recognisable houseplants that has amazing, lovely leaves and is quite large. Their punchy leaf-holes scientifically referred to as fenestrations have given them the popular nickname Swiss Cheese Plant or simply cheese plant. The variegated Monstera is popular for very good reason! The Cheese plant will become an alluring feature in any style of room with its stunning variegation. Sit back and enjoy the mental stress relief that will come with living with this large house plant - instead of struggling with deadlines you can imagine rain dripping on rainforest leaves and the steamy heat of the jungle!
Because it is a tropical plant, it can be hard to manage for those who are living under colder conditions. With this advice, even beginner plant parents can care for their Monsteras. They are low-maintenance plants which are excellent starting plants for anyone who wants them. Monstera is extremely adaptable to light needs, therefore it can easily be installed in your home. Tell me the best approach to dealing with this? In this guide we will discuss different plants and how your Monstera will grow.
How to Care for a Cheese Plant?
The Monstera Adansonii is a relatively easy-care houseplant if you take the correct measures to ensure they thrive in the environment they are in.
Sunlight for a Cheese Plant
The most important component of any houseplant is placement. The balance of finding a spot that both complements the room it’s in and a spot that your Monstera loves can be tricky but, these tips will make the decision a whole lot easier! The Swiss Cheese Plant enjoys a bright to medium sunlight that is filtered or indirect. Filtered sunlight can refer to sunlight being filtered through a sheer curtain whereby the sun’s rays cannot hit your Monsteras leaves directly, leading to problems such as sunburn. We recommend placing your Swiss Cheese Plant about 7 feet away from a window.
Watering a Monstera
The Swiss Cheese Plant does not like a soggy home, so ensure that you have a pot that drains well and have soil that promotes drainage. The Monstera plant requires watering occasionally, around every 10 or so days. This is because it likes the soil to dry out in between waterings. Although this is the average watering frequency, feel your soil and if the top couple inches of soil are still damp, the plant is fine and try again in 2 days time.
The Cheese Plant is a tropical houseplant; thus, we need to try and replicate tropical conditions to help our plants adjust to our ‘normal’ conditions. One of these factors are humidity. The average humidity is around 40% which is normal humidity levels, however, it will prefer a more humid environment if you can supply it. Consider using a fine mist humidifier, misting the leaves regularly and group your other houseplants close together.
Temperature for a Monstera Delicisosa
The Monstera likes to be ideally between 16-29°C or 65-85°F. Do not place your Monstera too close to windows due to draughts or near heat sources such as radiators.
Soil for a Swiss Cheese Plant
As the Monstera does not like to be sitting in soggy soil, it is crucial to identify a good potting mix that drains well. Our suggestion is using a blend of: coconut coir, bark, pumice, activated charcoal and perlite. This blend is natural and will help with drainage, your monstera plant will love you for it!
Fertilising a Monstera
Like most houseplants, the ideal period to fertilise these houseplants is during the spring and summer. This is because this period tends to be their growing season due to the length of sunlight each day, allowing our houseplants to obtain more sunlight energy.
Monstera Common Problems
This plant is thankfully an easy-going houseplant making it perfect for beginners. However, with all houseplants, there is a general rule-of-thumb to follow. Whenever you see symptoms of a potential pest infestation, you must attend to it immediately.
There are other problems such as Monstera leaves having brown edges which is usually caused by two main problems, underwatering and high salt build-up meaning your Monstera may need to be repotted. If the leaves are yellow, it is caused by the opposite, an overwatered potting mix, water less.
Our Favourite Monstera!
We love this classic Variegated Cheese Plant with its huge leaves and exotic look! It’s often difficult to find variegated monstera for sale, this plant is much sought after, one of those rare plants that everyone wants. Our large Monstera plant is often out of stock so grab it while you can!
Glossy, heart-shaped leaves are a dark green flecked with white. A great foliage house plant, each plant has to be individually grown, one of the reasons it’s so exclusive. The Variegated Monstera cannot be mass-produced, so you will have something that is quite uniquely beautiful if you choose this attractive indoor plant.
In the home environment, these features add style and charm, making this a popular plant in magazines and on social media. The variegation is different on each and so it is an utterly individual large houseplant.
If you’re buying this Variegated Monstera as a houseplant gift then we can include a free, handwritten card as an extra special touch. Just note your gift message at the basket stage of the checkout and we’ll arrange it! No prices or paperwork will be included in your delivery!