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Monstera deliciosa, Swiss Cheese Plant

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Our younger monsteras may only have leaves that are completely solid and have no slits or holes. As your plant baby grows the older and newer leaves will start to split and display fenestrations (holes) on the leaves.

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When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

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Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

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Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

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Description

WHEN YOU HEAR THE NAME “MONSTERA”, YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE BIG

The Monstera Deliciosa or Split Leaf Philodendrum has been a favorite house plant for years – and with good reason. It’s wonderfully easy going, and freshens up any indoor corner. But, think ahead. The Monstera needs space – indoors or out, and it loves to climb.

Many refer to the Monstera as the “Swiss Cheese” plant, due to its leaves’ large cut ribbons or holes.  Interestingly, it’s believed leaves with large holes are more resistance to downpours or extreme weather, like hurricanes. In addition, light levels that reach down onto the floor of a tropical rainforest (its native habitat) are quite low. Leaves with ribbons have a larger surface area to better capture what little light filters down.

You usually won’t see any flowers when you keep the Monstera indoors, but if taken outdoors, it produces a beautiful flower that actually turns into a fruit. The fruits are edible and reminiscent in taste to pineapple-banana. The leaves of the plant, however, are toxic, if ingested.

Ideal for warmer and stable temperatures, the Monstera does not require a lot of water and prefers indirect light. Too much sun can scorch the plant, and cause lack of perforations in the leaves. Well-draining soil is important, too.  Indoors, a damp cloth or even a little dish soap and water can be used to keep the leaves clean.

* Please note that our younger medium monsteras may only have leaves that are completely solid and have no slits or holes. As your plant baby grows the older and newer leaves will start to split and display fenestrations (holes) on the leaves. Large and Extra Large plants will display splitting in leaves.

Monstera Deliciosa: General Information and History

Native to the rainforest of Central America, Monstera deliciosa has become a sensation for its unique holes in its leaves. Due to the distinctive leaves, many people have craved having this beautiful and easy houseplant to complete their home decor. As a result, the distinctive leaves have caused the Monstera deliciosa to earn the nickname “Swiss Cheese Plant.”

As the plant can naturally be found from southern Mexico to Panama, the name deliciosa, meaning “delicious,” comes from the edible fruit from the plant. Unfortunately, though, growing indoors doesn’t bode well for the fruit to grow. When the plant does produce fruit, the flavor is a mix between a banana and a pineapple. Unfortunately, the rest of the plant is toxic and can be harmful to pets.

Care

Light

Since the Monstera deliciosa is native to Central America, it loves bright to medium indirect light. Therefore, it does best when placed in a room with plenty of natural sunlight throughout the day. Avoid placement right in front of the window as direct and intense sunlight is not the best for it, although it is known to withstand it.

The best temperature suited for Monstera deliciosa is between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 30 degrees Celsius). Avoid having the plant be in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius).

Soil

Use a potting mix that is suited to drain well. Mixing in perlite or lava rocks in the soil is another option to help the soil aerate. Another way to assist the soil in drying between waterings is to use a porous pot, such as terra-cotta, to evaporate any excess moisture.

How often to water your Monstera Deliciosa

You should water the plant about every one to two weeks. The soil should have the chance to dry out between each watering. Add more water when exposed to brighter light. The plant does prefer a humid environment, if possible.

If it is in a fairly dry room, you can either get the plant its own humidifier or mist it a few times a week. Plan on changing your watering schedule during the year. Give more water during the summer months than you do during the winter months.

Fertilizer

Depending on your growth interests, you can give Monstera deliciosa fertilizer three or four times a year. If you find that you need more fertilizer during the growing season, use a diluted fertilizer instead of regular water. The plant will absorb what it needs and drain the rest.

Pests/Disease/Common Issues

This plant is relatively easy to grow and maintain, which makes it an excellent house plant. To prevent common pests and keep the plant clean, wipe the leaves down with a paper towel or damp sponge. More often than not, there shouldn’t be any problems with pests. However, if you encounter pests, use a natural pesticide or wipe the leaves down once a week.

One common problem is the leaves turning brown at the edges. The cause of the issue is either the plant is getting over or underwatered. First, check the soil to see if it is still moist between waterings or if it is completely dry. Then, adjust the watering schedule accordingly.

If the Monstera deliciosa seems to be wilting or the potting mix is dry, increase the water given to it. On the other hand, if the leaves are yellow or it has black stems, the plant is getting too much water. As the houseplant grows, the plant can get heavy, causing the stems to break. If this is happening, give it some solid support to help prevent any more breakage.

Are Monstera toxic to cats and dogs?

Although many households which include pets have Monstera Deliciosas, the leaves of the plant are toxic if ingested. Whether or not you should have one in your household depends on your pets and if they tend to eat your plants. If they do, they may see the following symptoms: Oral pain, irritation, and swelling, excessive salivating, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Pruning

You should plan on the plant growing about one to two feet every year when grown indoors. In comparison to other houseplants, the roots of Monstera deliciosa do not damage surfaces. If the roots begin to stick out, feel free to trim. However, a better option is to tuck the roots back into the pot if possible. The plant does well to being cut, which can easily be used for propagation.

How to propagate your Monstera

To propagate, you can cut off a leaf and stem. Then, include a node in the cut portion. The node is a slight bump where the roots will expand from. Place it in a glass container with water, which you should change every three to five days.

After a few weeks, if the propagation was successful, there should be roots sprouting. In a couple of months, the roots will start to look thick and healthy. At that point, you can transfer it to the soil. Keep the soil reasonably moist as the plant adapts to the ground and starts to grow.

How to repot the Monstera Deliciosa

Plan on repotting the plant every couple of years. When you repot Monstera deliciosa, make the new pot a little bit wider and deeper to adapt to the new growth. When you transition to a new pot, fill about a third with fresh potting soil, then add a stake for the stem to be supported by. Set the roots into the pot and fill it with soil. Attach the stem to the stake to ensure there is support.

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 11b

Sun Exposure

Partial Sun

Mature Height

30 ft

Spacing

2 ft – 3 ft

421 reviews for Monstera deliciosa, Swiss Cheese Plant

  1. Colleen Yirsa (verified owner)

  2. Emma (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant and very healthy, coming out of the box it was barely damaged! I’m so happy I got this on sale

  3. Sheena (verified owner)

    The box came somewhat dinged up so I was slightly nervous about the plants inside but luckily they were well wrapped and doing ok. I got two monestra deliciosas so when comparing the two one looked happier than the other(it had bigger leaves and a new one about to unfurl vs. The other one with a few small yellow leaves) but they’re both solid plants. I’d definitely purchase from here again.

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This one was good.

  5. Victoria (verified owner)

    vigorous plant, exactly as pictured…YAY!

  6. Jakob W. (verified owner)

    My plant arrived in prefect condition! I appreciated the photo they sent before it shipped. After having it for over a week, I’m already seeing new growth! I’m very satisfied with PlantVine and the monstera I received.

  7. Susan Maldonado (verified owner)

  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Love my new plant baby & thank you for out of box care instructions

  9. Cathy Russell (verified owner)

    Pretty good shape but again, dirt had to be added. the bottom of the box was filled with dirt. This was one of the three plants that were crammed into the one box. I think they should have been separated for shipping.

  10. Linda (verified owner)

  11. Yu Hsuan K. (verified owner)

    I’ve been eyeing Plantvine for a while and finally pulled the trigger for the XL monstera sale. I didn’t think it was possible, but this nursery made it happen! The packaging was impeccable, and the plant is HUGE. For the price I paid, they exceeded my expectations. I also love that they keep you updated along the way and even sent a photo of your plant before shipping it — I don’t know any other nurseries who do this. If you’ve been waiting to buy from them, do it. You can tell they care about their customers and absolutely take great care of their plants.

  12. Sondra Jackson (verified owner)

  13. Holly (verified owner)

    Plant arrived really well packaged and healthy. It’s doing well in its new
    home and I’m very happy

  14. Cheryl S. (verified owner)

  15. Caitlin Leese (verified owner)

    My plant arrived quickly and in excellent condition! I was leery to order a plant through the mail, but I would order through PlantVine again!

  16. Megan (verified owner)

    Got my plant a little over a week since it shipped, and one of the leaves was ripped off! It was healed over, so it looked like it happened before shipping. Kinda sad, but overall the plant is still beautiful.

  17. AJ (verified owner)

  18. Melissa M. (verified owner)

    It’s lovely, thank you!

  19. Valerie (verified owner)

    Healthy, thriving plant! Very impressed with the care that was taken for shipping my plant to its new home. I was very hesitant to buy online, but now I’m a customer for life!

  20. vickie vrotsos (verified owner)

  21. Anna Hanson (verified owner)

    Broke in transit, but otherwise healthy and green

  22. Karen (verified owner)

    Very pretty showy plant.

  23. Douglas W. (verified owner)

    My plant is healthy and was packed well and looks great.

  24. Sara L Johnson (verified owner)

    Beautiful, healthy and full.

  25. Keith Baxley (verified owner)

  26. Maria Almeida-Rea (verified owner)

    It arrived in perfect condition with new baby leaves unraveling and opening up. I was so excited. I cant wait to see her grow up big and tall. I’m obsessed!!!

  27. Lester A. (verified owner)

    The plant came in earlier than expected. The shipping didn’t damage the plant at all. Great size and perfect starter plant

  28. Alison G. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived promptly and in great condition, I appreciate the detailed care instructions

  29. Heather m. (verified owner)

    much smaller than I thought it would be.

  30. Robert Grier (verified owner)

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Why others chose the Monstera deliciosa, Swiss Cheese Plant

Bought it for my bedroom!

I love big plants

The reviews were very appealing. I have a front table in a large hall that I need a big, tropical-looking plant to be on.

plantvine has been the only place that ive found with a 30 day guarantee, sends photos of the plant before shipping, has so many great reviews, and offers the monstera deliciosa in a large size. im buying this plant for my wifes birthday because sh has been searching for one everywhere but didnt want to order one that would show up dead. thanks to this website she can finally get her dream plant! thank you guys!

Mother's Day gift

My wife wanted it for Mother’s Day

Low light and big leaves

Birthday gift

i always wanted these plants im new to the plant world. but im willing to learn

I bought these plant for my son. I want him to learn how to take care of something. He seen my mines and wanted one.

A friend has one and it's beautiful!

Beautiful and tropical. I wanted a tree that would fill space but not be too big

I got this as a gift for some one

I love Monstera Deliciosas. They are beautiful and easy to care for.

Beautiful and ease of care it requires

It's beautiful, and I remember this plant as a child my mother had one ,so I been looking to buy one for a while, and it's not a hard plant to take care of

Grows beautifully.

I have a 300sqft balcony and need big green plants. These are beautiful and super easy to grow🪴

I love the look of it! Can’t wait to see it grow!!

I have one, and wanted to add an additional one to my collection

its an amazing plant

Birthday gift for my daughter

My wife has been asking for this plant for months! Brownie points.

Beautiful plant and easy to care for

Good price for the size of this plant.

A great deal on sale and I love this plant!! It is my favorite.

I bought this plant for my wife. She's been wanting one for a while now!

Always loved these plants and can't find in stores

Its the most beautiful plant ever. It makes me happy!!!

I bought this because my house is a dark dungeon.

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Katie
1 year 6 months ago

Why does the medium size not have the “Swiss cheese” look to it like the size large? Are they different?

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Haley
1 year 5 months ago

Hi Katie! Younger Monstera’s do not split that early, however they will split as the leaves grow and mature 🙂

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des
1 year 5 months ago

what are the pot sizes of the medium and the large?

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Haley
1 year 4 months ago

Hi! Our medium is a 6inch pot in diameter and our large is a 8 to 10″ pot in diameter.

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Yasmine
1 year 5 months ago

Hi what are the height differences between the medium and large? I have a pot that has a 9” diameter. Trying to figure out what size what would be best. Thank you!

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Haley
1 year 4 months ago

Hi our medium pot is 6″ and will work perfectly for your 9″ pot. Our large pot comes in a pot that is 8-10 inches in diameter

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Karolina
1 year 5 months ago

How tall is the large plant including the pot?

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Haley
1 year 4 months ago

Hi including the pot it is about 24 to 36 inches.

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Vera
1 year 5 months ago

how tall is the large plant above the pot?

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Haley
1 year 4 months ago

Hi our large including the pot is 23-36 inches tall. Above the pot it is probably around 13-26 inches tall.

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Rebecca Smith
1 year 5 months ago

is this plant pet friendly?

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Haley
1 year 4 months ago

Hi Rebecca,

The Monstera is not pet friendly.

Guest
D
1 year 3 months ago

I am a first time plant owner. Can I just place the black grower pot into a regular planter? Or do I need to replant it and need soil etc.?

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Hillary
1 year 3 months ago

Hi! Yes, it is up to preference! Some customers like to simply just put the plastic nursery pot in a decorative pot and take out when it is time to water or you can just repot it. It is up to you! The most important thing is to ensure that repot into a pot that has proper drainage!

Customer
Brooke Jones
1 year 3 months ago

What are the dimensions of the grower pot for the large plant?

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Hillary
1 year 3 months ago

Hi Brooke, Our Large pot is 8-10″!

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Hannah
1 year 2 months ago

What size pot is the extra large?

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Hillary
1 year 1 month ago

Hi Our XL is in our 12-14″ pot

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V.A.
1 year 2 months ago

How tall is the x-large plant? What is the diameter of the grower pot?

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Hillary
1 year 1 month ago

Hi our XL is our 12-14″ pot!

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Jay
1 year 2 months ago

Hello, what size pot is needed for the XL plant?

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Hillary
1 year 1 month ago

Hi our XL is our 12-14″ pot!

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Sebastian
1 year 1 month ago

I recently had to cut alot of the leaves and stems because I accidently overwatered it. What do you recommend I do? How long will they take to grow back? I have it on the floor near a window with the blinds half way open is that good enough light?

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Harold
1 year 7 days ago

What are the dimensions of the plastic container the plant comes in for the medium/large/xl?

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Hillary
11 months 22 days ago

Hi! Our Medium is our 6″ planter, Larger 8-10″, Extra Large 12-14″

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NATHAN R
8 months 13 days ago

Hi what is diameter of the extra large plant and will it fit in a 10′ pot?

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Hillary
8 months 4 days ago

Hi Nathan, Our XL is our 12-14″ width 10-11″ height planter

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Daniel Munevar
1 month 3 days ago

They will definitely be around 4 feet out of the box. This is a vining plant and without a support, it will always be around that height. If you add a pole to it and tie it up, it will be higher quickly. The XL size is really full and will look great climbing up something.