The Cheese Plant was a 70's cult classic, its retro-chic appeal makes it just as popular today and rightly so. Its large, glossy, heart shaped, leaves add fantastic impact with their perforations and lobes, which develop as the leaf matures.
It is actually a climber, using its aerial roots in its native rain forests to scale to enormous (monstrous) heights. Grown indoors it needs space and looks great in a hallway, conservatory or a corner of a modern living space.
Monstera deliciosa is easy to care for so long as it has moist, warm conditions. It is sometimes known as the Fruit Salad Plant.
Monstera Deliciosa Care
Light: Prefers bright, indirect light but will tolerate moderate shade. Avoid direct sunlight.
Water: Water when the soil has started to dry out.
Temperature: Monstera deliciosa likes warm conditions from 18-27°C. Anything lower than this will reduce the plant's growth rate. It will tolerate 12°C and above but keep away from cold draughts.
Humidity: Happy with average to high humidity levels. Cannot cope in dry air situations.
Feed: Feed once a month with a balanced fertiliser during the growing period.
Care Tips: Wipe the leaves occasionally to remove accumulated dust.
Height and Growth Rate: Use a moss pole to support the plant (the roots will cling to this for support) or cut back if it gets too big. Slow to moderate growth, but depends upon the conditions.
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous, keep away from pets and children.
Origin: Mexico and Central America.