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Indoor Plants For Beginners Part 2: Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Indoor Plants For Beginners Part 2: Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

The next easy plant to care for that I’d like to chat about is the magnificent Monstera Deliciosa, which literally translates as delicious monster. The things I love about this plant is its giant leaves, and the fact that it grows so big. You can train it to grow tall up a moss pole, or you cal let it grow wide depending on the space you have.

The Monstera is also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant because its leaves look a bit like Swiss cheese – it’s as simple as that. It is a tropical perennial plant native to Central and South America, and it thrives in bright, non-direct sunlight.

Taking care of your Monstera

In terms of watering this beauty, test the soil before you water, and if the top 2 inches of the soil are dry then you are good to go. They really shouldn’t be over watered, they love humidity and heat (above 60 degrees Fahrenheit where possible), so they will also enjoy a regular misting. Also try and keep the leaves clean, they can gather dirt or dust, so regularly wipe them down with a damp cloth to keep them healthy. You can tell if you have over-watered as the tips of the leaves will weep with water, almost like they are crying!

If you see brown edges on your plant, it can be because of a number of things. It can be that it has been over watered, under-watered, a nutrient deficiency or not enough light. You can trim off the dark edge, and if it continues on that leaf once trimmed, then cut it off completely as it’s probably a fungus.

How to propagate your Monstera

The Monstera is another plant which is easy to propagate. If you cut off a stem BELOW a node (preferably one which already is starting an aerial root), then you can pop it into water, or directly into soil. I prefer to pop it into water (remember to change the water weekly, or more often if you can), that way you can see the roots as they appear, and once they are a few inches long, I then pop them into soil. If you go straight to soil, then keep that soil damp for about a month, and then you can let it partially dry between waterings.

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