Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa) is a tropical vining plant
native to Mexico and Central America.  The stunning, dark green foliage is deeply notched and perforated, giving the appearance of split leaves with holes in them.

In the wild,  the plant can reach up to 12 feet or more, flower and bear edible fruit ; however, this rarely happens when grown indoors..

The impressive leaves can grow up to 18 inches long.

Young plants do not have splits and holes and are often confused with the heart-leaf philodendron.

The Swiss Cheese plant is typically found climbing up tree trunks in the tropical rainforest to reach the sunlight.  The rope-like aerial
roots that appear are used to anchor the plant to its support in
the wild. It requires a warm environment  so it is typically grown
as a houseplant.

This plant is undemanding and one of  the easiest houseplants to raise.  All you have to do is  grow it in bright light, water, fertilize and sponge the  leaves occasionally.

For decorative purposes its attractive, striking leaves will make a
dramatic impact in any room where you place it. The plant works
great in a hanging planter or you can grow it in a tub and add a
trellis for support.  You can also train it to grow up a moss stick. It  makes a fantastic display as a floor plant in any large room.

Swiss Cheese Plant Care Tips

Light:  The plant needs bright indirect or filtered sunlight to grow and thrive. It will survive with less light but the leaves
will be smaller without the splits and holes.
 
Watering:  Water thoroughly, then allow the soil to drain and empty
excess water; then allow the top one inch of soil to dry slightly
to touch between waterings.  A well-draining potting mixture should
be used. This is necessary to prevent root rot which can kill your
plant.

Humidity: Average.  Higher humidity brings faster growth.  Mist
daily or place on humidity tray. A room humidifier will work well
for this plant. Dry, brown leaf edges are caused by dry air. To prevent this, raise the level of humidity .

Temperature: Average - Warm.  It grows well indoors with mild temperatures from 70 to 85 degrees  Fahrenheit.

Fertilizer:  All-purpose.  Fertilize plants during the growing season (spring to autumn).  Do not feed in winter when plant goes dormant.
 
Propagation:  Can be multiplied by stem cuttings, root divisions,
air-layering, or from seeds.

Repotting:  Repot when the roots grow through the pot's drainage
holes.

Monstera deliciosa plant is toxic to dogs and cats. It contains Insoluble calcium oxalates which can cause intense burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue and lips. If ingested, pet may show signs of drooling, vomiting and have difficulty swallowing.

If your pet has ingested this plant, contact your local veterinarian or
the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

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