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More commonly known as the Swiss Cheese plant, the Monstera is a must-have houseplant with huge, glossy, heart-shaped leaves. They grow super fast, making the plant a beautiful green addition to any indoor space.
Did you know? The Monstera’s called the Swiss Cheese Plant because the holes in the leaves resemble Emmental cheese.
The Monstera is a low maintenance houseplant. You only need to water it once a week from the base. To do this, pop your plant in a sink and let it soak for 10-20 minutes, then drain away any excess.
Monstera plants can tolerate shade and lower temperatures but prefer indirect light. Place your plant somewhere bright and sunny, a spot a few feet away from a window would be perfect. To keep the leaves glossy, wipe them down with a damp cloth once a month.
The plant can grow up to 20 metres in the right conditions. If you want the plant to be big, bushy and epic, give it plenty of space. Repot regularly, as it grows too big for its current pot.
If you’d prefer a smaller plant, you can restrict the amount of room it has to grow and trim off leaves to keep it the shape you wish.
The long, silvery grey roots are part of the plant and are looking for extra moisture in the air. Leaving them is fine but if you don’t like them, trimming them off won’t cause the plant harm, as long as you are providing the roots in the soil with the moisture, they need by watering your monstera regularly.
The Monstera doesn’t like being too hot, so avoid any spots with direct sunshine. Lower temperatures can also slow down its growth, so keep your plant away from cold, draughty areas if you want it to grow large.
Don’t feed your plant with a fertiliser for the first 3-6 months, as it won’t need it. Also, try not to let the soil dry out completely in-between waterings – it should remain a little damp. When you water, make sure you don’t leave any dry patches of soil.