Monstera deliciosa
(Swiss Cheese Plant)



Monstera deliciosa, commonly known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, is an iconic tropical indoor plant appreciated for its large, fenestrated (perforated) leaves and a distinctive, climbing growth habit. It has become a favourite for interior decor enthusiasts, adding a touch of lush greenery to homes and offices.

LIGHT: Monstera deliciosa thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves. If the plant is placed in low light, growth may slow down, and fenestration might be reduced. Providing a balance of light levels promotes optimal growth.

WATER: Maintain a consistent watering routine for Monstera deliciosa. Water the plant when the top couple of centimetres of the soil feels dry. Ensure proper drainage and avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. (Root rot is when the plant stays wet for too long and the roots begin to rot). During the growing season (spring and summer) the plant may require more frequent watering.

SOIL: Use a well-draining potting mix with a good balance of organic matter. They thrive in moist, humus-rich but well-drained soil. A mix of peat, perlite and orchid bark works well. Monstera deliciosa prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil. 

FERTILISER: Feed Monstera deliciosa with a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. Dilute the fertiliser to half the recommended strength. Reduce or eliminate fertilisation in the autumn and winter when the plant’s growth slows down.

REPOTTING:  Repotting may be necessary every 1-2 years or when the plant outgrows its current container.


  • Overwatering: Ensure the soil has proper drainage to prevent waterlogged conditions and root rot.
  • Leaf Fenestration: Adequate light is crucial for the development of the characteristic holes in the leaves. If fenestration is lacking, consider providing more indirect light.


Monstera deliciosa is a vigorous grower and may benefit from occasional pruning to control its size and shape. The plant is known for its air-purifying abilities, making it a popular choice for indoor spaces.

(Note: The information provided in this article is based on general guidelines for cultivating Monstera deliciosa. Individual plant care may vary, so always observe your plant’s specific needs and adjust your care accordingly.)
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