Every plant lover deserves a big Monstera in their living room! One of my all-time favourites and an absolute classic, Monstera Deliciosa are a fast-growing, gigantic vine sporting some of the most recognisable leaves in the plant world. Producing splits and holes – or ‘fenestrations’ – in their leaves as they mature, Swiss Cheeseplants are best trained up a trellis or moss pole in order to contain their huge and heavy growth.
These guys pretty much take care of themselves provided you nail their soil conditions. When sat in moist soil for too long, they produce tell-tale black blotches on their leaves. I personally keep mine in their original soil cut with perlite at around 30% of the mix and allow to dry almost completely between waterings – they’ll visibly wilt/wrinkle when they’re too dry. They’re tolerant of lighting conditions from bright indirect to shade. If you notice your plant is growing towards the nearest wall, it potentially isn’t getting enough light (in their natural habitat, Monstera climb trees to reach light from the forest floor; they replicate this behaviour in the home by growing towards the nearest thing they might be able to climb, generally the walls!).
Difficulty: Easy – 2/5
Pot size: Medium – 17cm | Large – 17cm
Height (inc. pot): Medium – 50-60cm | Large – 75-80cm
Toxicity: Harmful to pets when ingested