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Which Monstera is Swiss Cheese Plant?
There is often confusion between different species of monsters, that, which one is called the swiss cheese plant. This often happens because of not having a particularly common name for each tree.
Monstera adansonii is the common houseplant that has perforated leaves like swiss cheese. The profile of the plant as juvenile and adult looks completely different. As it grows up it develops fenestration or holes like swiss cheese.
It is often compared with another philodendron of Monstera species which is Monstera deliciosa which is also called swiss cheese plant. Also, another species of Monstera obliqua which has bigger holes in the leaves of adansonii.
Monstera group of philodendron climbers are native to tropical regions of South America, Mexico, Cuba and has a total of 41 species.For the sake of being clear, we will discuss more about the Monstera adansonii and Monstera deliciosa and their physical needs profile.
Swiss Cheese Plant care
Adansonii and delicious both plants mostly grow in tropical regions of central and southern America under shades of big trees and this viners can climb up to 60 feet. As a houseplant, it needs indirect bright sunlight to mimic natural dabbled forest floor conditions.
If you expose it to bright direct sunlight the leaves will dry. If you have to keep it in open space, keep it at someplace where 2-3 hours of morning sun is only available.
Because they grow best under indirect bright sunlight and direct light hinders the growth. Hence, it’s best kept under shade like window panes or moist areas like in the bathroom or kitchen window.
Humidity & watering
Humidity content for both plants is required at higher levels. If you live in a dry area or if it’s winter season you can introduce a water plate under the pot.
For watering all you have to do is keep the soil moist, neither dry nor wet. Do not dry out the soil or overwater. Stick you knuckle into the soil to see if the soil needs water. Overwatering can cause the roots to rot and the foliage to go yellow. And, less water will get the leaves dried. Hence, just stick your finger to see if the plant really need water.
Soil and drainage
For Monstera plants soil should be partially moist and pot should have a hole for good drainage. All the swiss cheese plants grow in a normal pot mix of garden soil. But mixing half orchid mix and half garden soil and compost keep the soil damp yet drained. This also reduces chances of root rot, They are generally low maintenance also.
Generally, Swiss cheese plants are propagation by stem cuttings. They are easy to propagate when you cut it the right way. When your swiss cheese plants becomes mature you can simply cut the lower leaves from the node and propagate them.
You can either put them into the water to grow roots or you directly bury them into the soil few inches deeply to pot more swiss cheese plant of the same category. You can multiply them easily and they are decorative and easy addition to make your home look greener.
Repotting of Swiss cheese plant
Repotting of these swiss cheese plants are best done in spring when the leaves grow after shading. Though you do not have to change the pot until the plant gets rootbound if you are using a large container, but you have to change the top soil annually. The leaves of swiss cheese plant shades off in winter and regrows. Change the top soil and repot them when rootbound.
These were all about one of the low-maintance and beloved houselants, swiss cheese plant. It will completely guide on everything you need to know about their gardning.