Today lot of people are looking for plants to grow indoors. One such indoor plant variety that is getting a lot of attention is the Monstera Adansonii. It is also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, and many types of it are available. It has big green leaves and has specific deep splits and perforations. When you keep the plant in ideal conditions, it can grow up to 1 to 2 feet per year. However, this plant is not for beginner-level gardeners as it needs some looking.
They are making your home space beautiful with their amazing leaves and shape. Plus, the mature size of the plant is thirty feet tall. Here you can learn how to grow and care for the Swiss Cheese Plant.
How to take care of the Monstera Adansonii?
You have to water your Monstera Adansonii plant when you find that the soil is dry. When you find yellow leaves or brown-edged leaves in the plant, it signifies that it has a lot of water. It has to have that moisture for the plant to grow well. But it should not be waterlogged.
In the morning, you have to mist the plant with water gently. You have to do it once per week. It ensures that the plant gets the needed humidity. The Swiss Cheese Plant’s edges can turn brown and brittle if it is not getting the humidity. Plus, if you have a lot of space, the Monstera Adansonii is the plant for you because it is large and lush. It also grows near the bathroom because it needs a humid environment.
Further, you must keep an eye on the leaves of the Monstera Adansonii, the oldest ones. You must clear these out gently using a damp cloth or a water sprinkler. Also, take care to remove any dust build-up too.
You must know that the Swiss Cheese Plant needs two doses of fertiliser in one year to grow properly. First, put in fertiliser during the spring and another during the summer. This will be enough for the plant. Then you will find the plant’s aerial roots growing from its stem. You should not cut these roots because they support the plant. But if the roots supporting the plant are not enough, you can train it back to the soil so they can get the required nutrients.
What is the best growing condition for Monstera Adansonii?
Monstera Adansonii likes to grow when there is a lot of bright indirect light. But they can also grow well in artificial light. But first, they have to adapt to these conditions so you can grow these plants in artificial light from the beginning. When the light is bright, the leaves will grow sparsely so the plant will look great. The Monstera Adansonii that grows in low light conditions will have smaller leaves, but it also looks pretty.
If there’s a drastic change in the room temperature, it will discourage plant growth. So try to keep the room temperature even so the plant can grow well.
In addition, the Monstera plants are epiphytic vines, so they are climber types. So instead of keeping the plant in a hanging basket, you have to keep the Swiss Cheese Plant in a container that has a moss-filled pole. Or you can also keep wood or form of the trellis so the plant could climb it using their stems. The stems can send long dangling aerial roots that wonderfully support the plant and allow it to grow properly. In this way, they can grow up to six feet tall.
Why keep pets away from the Monstera Adansonii?
The Swiss Cheese Plant, like many tropical house plants, has calcium oxalate crystals, and this is very toxic to pets. If your pets ingest it, they can suffer from drooling, irritation in their mouths and tongues and more.
So you have to keep the plants away from your pets, so if you have dear pets like cats or dogs who love to nibble on the plant, you have to be careful not to grow Swiss Cheese Plant.
How to propagate Monstera Adansonii?
- Following the steps below if you are using stem cutting on the plant to propagate it.
- Firstly you have to take a sharp and clean pruning shear and remove any stem with a node. It is a bump where the roots will come out and may also contain two leaves and an aerial root.
- Now pour some ground cinnamon on the mother plant where you cut. It will prevent any diseases in the plant.
- Now place the cutting on the glass of water. You have to clean the water on the glass every three to five days to keep it clean. Plus, you can use rainwater or filtered water for the process.
- After a few months, you will find the roots sprouting from the cutting. This is a sign for you to take the cutting and plant it on moist soil. This will grow you a new Swiss Cheese Plant.
How to pot or repot the Monstera Adansonii?
- First of all, you have to fill the pot with soil. It has to be one-third of the pot.
- Now place a stake on the pot so the stem can grow.
- You have to put the roots on the container.
- Next, surround the stake with oil and use the plant ties to tie the stake to the stem.
The beautiful design of the Monstera Adansonii is what attracts many people to grow it. It will make your home look green and serene. If there is a lot of space, you can grow this plant species in it because it has large leaves. Plus if taken care of properly, the plant can grow many inches using a stake. But be careful because these plants are toxic to pets and even children if they consume them.