So you’ve adopted a Swiss cheese plant? Here’s how to take care of it!
Swiss Cheese plants may have a strange name but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming a popular houseplant. In fact, they’ve become so popular that you now see the shape of their leaves pasted all over clothing, notebooks and merchandise.
Monstera is a tropical plant from the Araceae family. Its name comes from the Latin meaning “abnormal” due to its perforated leaves. Monsteras are vining plants so you can expect to find them trailing over the pot or climbing up stakes.
These plants are native to central america and, while growing in the wild, they can grow to be dozens of feet tall with leaves that can spread up to of two feet wide. It’s unlikely that your houseplant will grow to this size but if you give them the right amount of light and water them regularly they can easily become the center piece of your living room.
Water: Water roughly once a week.
Light: Find a balance between light and shade. Indirect sunlight is best. If you give your Monstera too much sun, the leaves will start to yellow or become “scorched”.
A few things you should know about your Swiss cheese plant
- They like their space! This isn’t a plant that you stick in a tight corner. They need more space to grow and flourish.
- If you have a cat known for attacking houseplants you might not want to adopt a monstera. Their leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Ingestion can cause mouth and stomach irritation.
- Add stakes or trellises to the pot so they have something to climb.
- If you notice the leaves of your Monstera plant are curling, it is most likely under-watered.
- It’s suggested that you repot this plant once a year. It will let you know that it’s ready for a bigger pot when the larger stems, and their roots, start to climb out of the pot.