Other Names: Swiss Cheese Plant/Five Holes Plant/Monkey Mask Plant
Scientific Name: Monstera
Native: West Indies, Central and South America
Closely related to money plants and philodendrons, monsteras are their more dramatic counterparts. They usually have extremely large leaves and grow to great heights as a creeper. They are undeniably big statement pieces in any garden or home. Well suited to Mumbai, they are extremely hardy and require little maintenance. Their aerial and subterranean roots enable the plant to trail, climb and creep. So they could be grown on a moss stick/trellis, a hanging planter or against a surface. Monsteras come in various types. This cultivar is the very popular Adansonii with its trademark holes on the leaf surface, which is why it is more generally known as the "Swiss Cheese Plant". It grows very quickly and needs full shade/indirect light to grow well.
*Highly rated as an airpurifier when placed indoors.
**Sold in a small 0.6 liter/4" standing and a medium 1 liter/6.9" hanging plastic container
***All our plants are grown in organically enriched living soil without the use of any chemical fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides.
GROWING: Re-pot in a larger container or grow in-ground to increase root and foliage growth. Grow separately as this plant is quite demanding of soil/water resources. Trim off old, drying leaves from time to time and add this as shredded foliage around your plant to increase humus and soil health.
LIGHT: If growing indoors, place in a bright spot with exposure to indirect sunlight/ambient light for at least six hours daily. If growing outdoors, place in semi-shade as exposure to strong direct sunlight will burn the leaves of this plant.
WATERING: Alternate days in summer and twice a week rest of the year. Allow soil to dry out completely between watering events. Never let its roots sit in stagnant water. If growing indoors, ensure that drip trays are emptied regularly.
FERTILIZING: Our plants are sold in organically enriched, NPK+MagSulf strong, potting mixes that would need no additional soil amendments for at least one year. If re-potting/migrating to a larger container, we recommend the use of Mandy's Farm Foliage Plant Potting Mix or one similar to it.