Monstera adansonii, also known as "Swiss Cheese Vine," is a popular houseplant appreciated for its unique foliage and easy care requirements.
Native to Central and South America, Monstera adansonii is a climbing vine that can grow up to 20 feet long in its natural habitat. The plant features heart-shaped, glossy green leaves perforated with large, irregular holes, which is how it got its nickname, "Swiss Cheese Vine." The leaves are about 2-3 inches long and 1-2 inches wide, growing on long, thin, and flexible stems.
Monstera adansonii was first described by French botanist Michel Adanson in 1763. The plant is named after him, and the species "adansonii" honours his contributions to botany.
Monstera adansonii is an epiphyte which grows on other plants or trees in its natural environment. It also has aerial roots that help it climb and cling to its host. However, it can also be grown in a pot with a mossy pole or trellis to support its growth.
This plant thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate some shade. It prefers a warm and humid environment with consistent moisture. It's important not to let the soil dry out completely, but it should also not be overly wet. A well-draining soil mix and regular fertilization during the growing season can help keep the plant healthy.
Monstera adansonii makes a great houseplant because it is low maintenance and adds an attractive tropical touch to any indoor space. Its unique foliage adds visual interest and can help purify the air by removing toxins. The plant is also relatively easy to propagate by stem cuttings, making it an excellent choice for lovers who want to expand their collection.
The Monstera Monkey Mask can be trained to climb up a pole indoors or be left so the leaves grow and spill over the sides of a pot.
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Monstera adansonii care
This houseplant is easy to care for and suitable for beginners. Most of these plants die from overwatering, be a little mean, and it will thrive.
Where should I put this Monstera?
Monstera Obliqua likes a humid atmosphere, bright but not in full sun.
How should I water my Monstera adansonii?
Think of the rainforest and water only when the top few inches of soil are dry. Do not allow it to sit in water; remove excess water from the saucer after watering.
Should I feed the Monkey Mask?
You can give it a feed once a month in spring and summer - try our vegan, organic plant food.
Is it pet safe?
No, it can be toxic to pets if eaten.
What size is the plant?
W5.5cm x H15cm plus - not huge but big enough to make an impact.
If you’d like to see a video we have made about general houseplant care, have a look here.
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