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Monstera Deliciosa

The Monstera Deliciosa, otherwise known as the split leaf philodendron is characterized by bright green leaves that feature splits throughout the leaves. These plants originated in Southern Mexico and Guatemala.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Monstera Deliciosa

Nicknames: Swiss Cheese Plant, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Windowleaf Plant, Ceriman,  Mexican Breadfruit Plant

Origin: Southern Mexico and Guatemala

Size: May grow to be several feet tall with leaves as large as a foot in length.

Plant Care

Lighting: The Monstera Deliciosa requires very bright yet indirect sunlight.

Watering: Thoroughly water when first few inches of soil have dried, avoid overwatering.

Fertilizing: Feed monstera every 2 weeks spring, summer, and fall with a liquid fertilizer half diluted. Feed monthly during the winter.

Temperature: The Monstera prefers temperatures of 65-85°F

Humidity: Monstera thrives in average to high humidity.

Soil: The swiss cheese plant does best in a mixture of 1 part a peat moss mix and 1 part sand or perlite.

Pruning: Keep the large monstera leaves clean and dust free, be sure to trim aggressively as plants tend to grow large and quick.

Propagation: Use stem cuttings that have a few leaves and plant nodes.

Potential Problems:

Pests: Mealy Bugs, spider mites, Aphids, scale

Disease: Erwinia Blight, Xanthomonas Leaf Spot, and Leaf Tip Burn

Poison Information: Monstera is a level 2 poisonous plant.