Monstera deliciosa

(589 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Monstera deliciosa

Common Names: Split Leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican Breadfruit

Overview: The Monstera deliciosa is a favorite of many indoor plant enthusiasts because of its ease of care and its broad, bright green leaves that grow eclectic fenestrations as the plant matures. Although these “holes” originally evolved as a way to help the plant withstand the windy and rainy climates of its native Central American rainforests, they give this plant a distinctive personality, which has led to its moniker of the “Swiss Cheese Plant” by plant enthusiasts.

The Monstera deliciosa is one of our top choices for those looking to liven up a room that can flourish in low light conditions.

Arrives in 3 - 7 days.
Ships October 7th - October 14th.

More mature than our medium your large monstera will display fenestrations (holes) or splits on the leaves

$ 32.00
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6″ Pot: ½ Pack
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12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

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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 Philodendron 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 deliciosa needs space – indoors or out, and it loves to climb.

Many refer to the Monstera plant as the “Swiss Cheese” plant, due to its leaves’ large cut ribbons or holes.  Native to tropical climates, it’s believed that it’s large leaves with holes provides 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 it 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, it 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 Monstera leaves clean.

* Please note that the leaf on our younger medium Monsteras may be completely solid and have no slits or holes. As your Monstera 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.

If you are looking for another Split Leaf Philodendron that is a great for your home, take a look at the Monstera Adansonii. The Monstera Adansonii plant has smaller heart shaped leaves and grows more like a vine but also has the iconic fenestrations.

Monstera deliciosa: General Information and History

Native to the rainforest of Central America, the 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 this plant 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 facing a window 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 this plant 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. You can avoid root rot by letting the soil dry in between waterings.

Fertilizer / Plant Food

Depending on your growth interests, you can give 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 Monstera deliciosa leaf 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 it 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 deliciosas toxic to cats and dogs?

Although many households which include pets have Monsteras, 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

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, 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 or a moss pole 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.

Other Common Names

Swiss Cheese Vine, Mexican Breadfruit

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 11b

Sun Exposure

Partial Sun

Mature Height

30 ft

Spacing

2 ft – 3 ft

589 reviews for Monstera deliciosa

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Such a lovely and healthy looking plant! It came wrapped up safely!

  2. Romy (verified owner)

    Perfect!

  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

  4. Katarzyna (verified owner)

    It is beautiful. Thank you!

  5. Jermaine (verified owner)

    great plant, can’t wait to watch it grow.

  6. Chris-Ann (verified owner)

  7. Gary S. (verified owner)

    Plant came healthy but was significantly too small for the price and the pot it was in was too large, I assume this is a way for them to charge for a “larger” plant cause they charge by the pot size. Go to a big box store and get an actual large plant for cheaper. Had to repot.

  8. Harold Bearden (verified owner)

    I was really pleased with my monstera, received in fine shape
    The soil was still damp, no broken stems. Great just great.

  9. Sharon B. (verified owner)

    Thank you the Monstera came packaged beautifully 😊 the price is great, I think I’m going to buy another one.

  10. Trey (verified owner)

    WOW😲 WUZ NOT EXPECTING THIS HUGE BEAST!!! WELL WORTH IT 👍

  11. Anonymous (verified owner)

  12. Susan Smith (verified owner)

    The plant arrived in excellent shape and looks great!

  13. Loraine Jones (verified owner)

    OMG. I am so happy I found this wonderful site. My plants were delivered quickly and they were all healthy and strong. I will definitely order again!!!

  14. Carolyn (verified owner)

    My plant arrived healthy and a nice size for the price. Still a baby but I expect it to look amazing one day. Only a couple of days in transit so no shock from the excessive heat we’ve been experiencing. Very well packaged. I will definitely buy from PlantVine again.

  15. Nkatha (verified owner)

    Plan was to re-pot both of them in one planter for bushier foliage. Will instead do a pot each & nurse them to their individual monster potential

  16. Vergie Washington (verified owner)

    Arrive very healthy

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  19. ShaQuasia (verified owner)

    AMAZING! The plant arrived in perfect shape, she’s flourishing. Will purchase another XL ♥️

  20. Timothy G. (verified owner)

  21. Grace H. (verified owner)

    This was my first time ordering a plant online and if I’m being honest, I was so nervous. However, my plant arrived in such a healthy condition. I can tell it was grown with great care and skill. I absolutely love my growing monstera and I highly recommend PlantVine for any beginner or expert house plant parent!

  22. Kelly Aguirre (verified owner)

  23. Sean (verified owner)

    Fast delivery. Plant is healthy!

  24. Shirrell (verified owner)

    I have never ordered plants on online. But I was pleasantly surprised. The plant is beautiful and growing nicely in its new home. Great job! I will be back. Thanks much.

  25. Nicole Marshall (verified owner)

    Love this one so much it’s soo big

  26. Jeannie Hiller (verified owner)

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  28. jacki b. (verified owner)

    Love this plant! It’s my third purchase, two for gifts. I love the morning dew drops on the leaves and watching each new leaf unfurl.

  29. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Beautiful, full and tall

  30. Peter Galuris (verified owner)

    So great!
    Came in excellent condition and bigger than expected!
    Thanks so much
    Look forward to ordering like crazy once I’ve closed on ny first house 🤗

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Why others chose the Monstera deliciosa

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Bought it for my bedroom!

I love big plants

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

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

Grows beautifully.

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

its an amazing plant

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

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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