The Monstera plant or the Swiss cheese plant is native to the tropical rainforests of Southern Mexico and South Panama. It is a flowering plant and is slightly invasive in tropical climates. The Monstera plants are ideal house plants due to their hassle-free nature and beautiful foliage. The leaves of this plant is their most praised feature. The flowers have bracts and are able to self-pollinate. These plants rarely flower indoors. However, if kept outside, the plant produces flowers that mature to be edible fruits.
These plants are very easy to grow and need very little care. It is ideal for a novice gardener. However, these plants are very pretty to look at and give a lush green look to your garden owing to their exotic split leaves.
It should be noted that this plant is poisonous to humans and animals alike except for the fruit.
These plants pretty much grow on their own. However, these plants are climbers by nature and use their aerial roots to cling to supports while growing. Therefore, they should be provided with trellis to climb. The leaves should be cleaned regularly using a moist cotton ball.
The Monstera plant prefers indirect sunlight. However, they do not flower if kept indoors. Therefore, you can grow this plant in a shaded area outdoors.
Too much sunlight scorches the leaves while too little light does not let the leaves mature properly.
The plant should be watered when the topmost quarter of the soil is dry. The leaves should be cleaned regularly with a moist cotton ball.
These plants grow well peaty and well-drained soil.
A standard liquid fertilizer can be applied during spring and the growing season. The fertilizer should be provided once a month.
These plants are ornamental nature. The fruits are edible.