You may hear me talk about â€œMr. Swissâ€ & â€œMrs. Swissâ€ in my insta-stories. I am referring to our two Monstera Deliciosa, AKA: Swiss Cheese Plants.Â â €
I love these plants because they are a great statement piece for our living room & bedroom, are easy to care for, and they have beautiful, yet peculiar looking, slits & splits in their dark green leaves.
I purchased both of mine online from Hirt’s Gardens, but you could probably find one at a local nursery if you are not able to accept packages via post.
The Monstera deliciosa is native to the rainforests of Central America & Mexico, but will do just fine in your home given the proper care & (minimal) attention.
CaringÂ for Your Monstera Deliciosa
I have had great success with our Swiss Cheese Plants, but the most common problem I hear from friends is yellowing leaves. Yellowing leaves could be a symptom of overwatering. Make sure you do not â€œkill it with kindnessâ€ (as Jane Perrone of the #ontheledgepodcast would say) by giving your Swiss too much water. I just sink my fingers into the soil about two inches to decide if it needs water or not. As a precaution, you could also purchase a water meter to test the soil moisture level.
Yellowing leaves could also mean too much direct sunlight and too little sunlight will not allow the leaves to develop their trademark slits & splits. If your Monstera has yellow or brown or black leaves take a knife or sharp scissors and snip those off.
Then take a look at the soil to see if it is dry and flaky or incredibly soggy.Â Monstera plants like well-draining soil that is composed of organic matter;Â perlite, pumice or coarse horticultural sand.
Monsteras plants like to be fertilized once a month during the growing seasons (summer + spring).
Monsteras prefer bright, yet indirect light. We have one in our living room near a southeast-facing window and one in our bedroom near a south-facing window. When you have the correct amount of light the leaves will start growing with the most beautiful slits in them.
You will want to choose a pot that has plenty of drainage holes and is large enough to accommodate the relatively quick growth of this plant. You may need to re-pot it every few years or so give it more room & ensure that the soil is not depleted of nutrients.
They are a fairly fast-growing plant – so you will need to monitor that its roots do not become too crowded before you are able to re-pot it.Â We bought our planters from West Elm and filled the bottom layer with coarse gravel to help with drainage and protect the roots from rotting.
Do you want houseplants but do not know where to start?
Hopefully, my tips here on the blog and my posts on instagram will help, but for further help you may want to pick up a copy of House of Plants: Living with Succulents,Â Air Plants &Â CactiÂ or How to Not Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged.
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