Monstera deliciosa

Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican Breadfruit

(4 customer reviews)

From £12.95

The iconic Monstera. Often known as the ‘Swiss Cheese Plant’, it has a devoted following for its enormous glossy leaves characterised by their stunning perforated holes in maturity.

Originally hailing from Mexico, this is a statement house plant that will fill out into a huge specimen given adequate care and something to climb.

Origin: Southern Mexico
Genus: Monstera
Species / Cultivar: deliciosa
Common Name: Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican Breadfruit
Synonym: Philodendron pertusum

Plant Biography

Monstera deliciosa, now scientifically known as Philodendron pertusum, has caused much debate as to why the foliage has evolved its mature slices and holes, called ‘leaf fenestrations’.

The most prevailing theory is that it’s an adaptation to allow small beams of light that emerge through the forest canopy through its upper foliage to its lower leaves as it grows up the trunks of trees in dense tropical forests.

In the wild, in its native Mexico, it bears large and delicious edible fruits.

Monstera deliciosa
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 18-22°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold drafts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

No particular care is required to for the leaves to become fenestrated, Monstera deliciosa simply develops its iconic holes as it matures - at around 3 years old. You can try and encourage fenestration by removing some of the older growth at that point.

Care & Size Guidance

Monstera deliciosa surprisingly tolerant of shade, but Monstera deliciosa will grow more vigorously in bright indirect light, especially when fed throughout the sunnier months.

This plant can grow very large, but if it outgrows its space simply cut it back to a more appropriate size.

Allow the soil to dry out several centimetres between watering and ensure good drainage. This is a jungle plant, so humidity is definitely preferred – keep away from drying heat sources and drafts.

We are thrilled with this plant it arrived in great condition and looks very healthy

Frances W.

We are thrilled with this plant it arrived in great condition and looks very healthy

4 customer reviews for Monstera deliciosa

Thank you again for providing beautiful established plants

Johan B.

I was originally sent a much smaller version than the one I ordered (the smallest size) but the Palm Centre team sent me the correct one within a few days. It arrived in perfect condition and is much better than I could have expected. Thank you!

Michael O.

We are thrilled with this plant it arrived in great condition and looks very healthy

Frances W.

Great plant, beautifully packaged. Very impressive service. Thank you.

Emily