Swiss Cheese Monstera Care Guide
Monstera Adansonii, known colloquially as Swiss Cheese Monstera or “Five Holes Plant,” are this author’s current favorite plant (I just divided my large swiss cheese into three new hanging pots and they are growing like crazy!). They have a unique pattern of fenestration (the little holes in the leaves) that makes them stand out against any other plant.
Swiss Cheese Monstera like even watering, which generally means you will water weekly during the spring and summer, but you can cut back slightly during the fall/winter, though having the heat on can impact moisture levels. You can figure out if it needs watering by using a moisture meter or poking your finger into the dirt up to your second knuckle.
Light and humidity
Swiss Cheese Monsteras are native to tropical forests, and thus always love humidity. Although they do well in a regular home, if you see brown tips it is a sign to get some more humidity! You can spritz the plant weekly, and you can also add a small tray filled with water and pebbles under the plant to up the humidity. Because these plants are native to tropical forests, recreating that environment helps with their care.
They love indirect, bright light and will grow very slowly – and push out smaller leaves – if not receiving enough sunlight.
Soil and fertilizer
Keep the Swiss Cheese Monstera in clean, well-draining soil. Since they prefer to be slightly moist, it is imperative that the soil drains well, otherwise it can lead to root rot. Make sure to empty the drainage tray of the pot, too, so it is not left standing in water. Fertilize it monthly, but wait 4-6 months after repotting before adding fertilizer so it is not shocked too much.
Cleaning and pruning
Clean the leaves of your Swiss Cheese Monstera by gently misting it with water and wiping with a soft cloth. If you are misting it regularly, this will help with the dust build up so you won’t have to wipe them off as frequently. Pruning encourages new growth, and since this plant is a vine it will help control the spread if you need to save space. Simply use clean, sharp scissors to cut the stems by the aerial roots (then save them to propagate!).
Swiss Cheese Monstera are sooooo easy to propagate, you can practically do it in your sleep. Simply find the aerial roots poking out (usually right below or above leaves) and cut just below them. Place into water for 2-4 weeks while the roots develop, changing out the water ever 2-3 days to keep it from getting gross. After a few weeks, you will have roots strong enough to plant! You can also place cuttings directly into soil, but make sure to dip the stems in a rooting hormone and keep the baby plants in a warm, moist environment – and be patient!
Swiss Cheese Monsteras grow very quickly, especially during the spring/summer. You will want to keep it trimmed and make sure that the moss poll or trellis it climbs is still tall enough. Try to repot during the spring or summer, during their natural growing season.
Remember: Swiss Cheese Monstera need additional humidity, so you will want to mist it occasionally. They are toxic to plants and kids, so keep this in mind when placing in your home. One way to avoid that is to hang your Swiss Cheese from a hook on the wall or ceiling, and allowing the vines to extend horizontally, out of reach of anyone or anything who could take a bite out of them!
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