Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican Breadfruit
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.
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Monstera deliciosa, formally 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.
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.