Monstera adansonii Swiss Cheese 6 inch is native to Mexico’s wet forests, so it thrives in a warm, well-lit environment with plenty of bright, indirect light. They don’t like cold drafts and sudden temperature changes, so keep them away from open windows, drafts, and heating/cooling units.
Monstera Adansonii Watering
It is critical to maintaining a regular watering schedule. In the summer, you want the soil to be moist but not soggy. To check this, poke your finger into the top 5 cm of the potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. Allow it to dry for a longer period of time if it feels wet. Overwatering can cause fungal problems or root rot. Water once a week, using just enough water to see some draining from the pot’s bottom. Watering frequency should be reduced during the winter when the plant is not actively growing. 6-inch Monstera adansonii Swiss Cheese.
Drainage is critical for almost all plants. Make sure that whatever container your plant is in has enough holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
These tropical plants do not tolerate prolonged periods of dryness, and they will not develop their distinctive holes if conditions are too dry or too cold. Continue to monitor them to ensure a happy balance of moisture within the soil.
Monstera Adansonii Humidity
Monstera isn’t as fussy about humidity as some of the other aroids, but if you do notice signs of humidity stress (usually crisp, brown leaf edges), some tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray, or – if you really want to go all out – buying a small humidifier online and placing it in amongst your rainforest friends!
Monstera Adansonii Fertiliser
Feed with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the warm growing season (spring-autumn), but not during the cooler winter months.
Monstera Adansonii Extra Tips
Monstera is epiphytic plants that grow up over other tall rainforest trees in nature. This means that as they grow, they will require some form of support at home. You can do this in a variety of ways. Wrapping coconut fiber around a piece of PVC pipe, a stick, or a wooden stake is one option. Attach the fiber firmly with wire or string, then gently tie your plant to the support to aid in attachment. You can also purchase ready-made ‘plant totem poles’ online or at some nurseries, so look around! If you want to make your own, check out this short video from a recent gardening Australia episode:
Once a month, use a damp cloth to wipe down the plant’s leaves to remove any dust that has accumulated and may be preventing the leaves from breathing. You can also use a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs to remove any damaged or dying leaves.
A cousin of the monstera deliciosa
Several other species use the Swiss cheese plant nickname, including its cousin the monstera deliciosa, which is a much larger plant. The deliciosa is an easier to find plant, I’d say. I often see it at big box nurseries and have even heard of it going for really affordable prices at Costco.