Monstera Moss Pole Plant Support: Using Moss Poles For Cheese Plants
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
In its native habitat, Swiss cheese plant has plenty of fauna to grow up and help support it. As a houseplant, it needs the help of a pole to train it upward. This article will help with using a moss pole for plant support.
Repotting Cheese Plants: How And When To Repot Monstera
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
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Proper Care Of A Swiss Cheese Plant
By Heather Rhoades
The Swiss cheese plant gets its name from its large, heart-shaped leaves, which as it ages, becomes covered with holes that resemble Swiss cheese. Learn more about the care of these plants here.
Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant / Hurricane Plant)
Monstera deliciosa, the Hurricane or Swiss Cheese Plant are all names for an old fashioned but favorite houseplant for many. Look closely at the Latin name (Monstera deliciosa) and play around with it a little and you get "Delicious Monster".
While it's not at all delicious on the account of its leaves being poisonous, it really is a monster - in size.
There's no getting around the fact, while lovely and incredibly easy to care for, it needs space and will roar for it should you not give enough. This houseplant is not for the window sill or small flat.
The Swiss Cheese Plant will inevitably need support indoors, either by way of a moss stick or some stable nearby structure which you can tie it to. For example, exposed wall pipes or a sturdy floor lamp.
It originates from the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico but adapts and positively thrives in the most untropical places - our homes. If you've the room, want an easy going, striking and interesting green plant to add to your collection or brighten up a stale boring corner of your home, Monstera deliciosa should be on your shortlist.
There's no getting around the fact, while lovely and incredibly easy to care for, it does need space
As it ages the new leaves become Swiss Cheese like, with large cut ribbons or holes in its leaves, a natural adaptation that has been the subject of intense study over the years.
For those who are interested, it's generally believed leaves with large holes like this, have much better resistance to damage from downpours and hurricane's, which in its natural habitat is common place.
In addition the light levels reaching down onto the floor of a tropical rainforest is low and the light that does make it through is dappled. So the leaves with these ribbons have a larger surface area to better capture what little light filters down.
Although it's been around for ages, there are still very few cultivars you can buy. The most common is the original M. deliciosa, but you may find it being incorrectly sold as Philodendron pertusum, or a Split leaf Philodendron especially if the plant you are looking at is very small. Monstera's when young will not have the distinct leaf shapes that a mature specimen will develop, so it's easy to confuse it with a general Philodendron.
There is a variegated cultivar which has white sections on the leaves called M. deliciosa variegata. This is a little harder to care for and grows slower, consequently it's rather hard to get hold of. In addition, unlike a lot of variegated houseplants, on the Swiss Cheese Plant the markings don't tend to make it any more appealing.
This lack of appeal could be because the variegation can be very contrasting and at first glance can make it look like someone has spilled white paint over it. Have a look at Google Images, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments at the end of the article.
If your space is limited but you really want this houseplant, look out for M. deliciosa borsigiana or mini, which are the slightly more compact varieties.
Q. Monstera Deliciosa plant
I have a large, outdoor Monstera plant, about 50-60 yrs old. Leaves are 32"across & 42" long. The hard, heavy, woody stem(?) measures 15" around. It was perfectly positioned in my yard until a yardman cut the aerial roots anchoring it, about 5 yrs ago. Then, the plant started to grow out of control. When I realized what was happening, I tried to keep it in place with a large, heavy rock. I couldn't believe how heavy the stem(?) or base was. The leaves have now moved about 5-6 ft, blocking my sidewalk. Question: How can I cut- back the Un-wanted growth & reposition my beautiful, plant to its original position? Do I saw it off, & hope the leaves will re-grow there? What Can I do to replant the cut off part? Thank you so much for this website!
I'm sure this must be a beautiful specimen.
It sounds like the plant is unstable in the ground. I believe you will need to do some pruning and offer the large plant some support.
I would suggest you inquire with a local qualified arborist or plant specialist.
You County Extension Office may be able to refer you to someone in your area that can help with such a plant.
I have listed a link to help you locate your nearest office and some other articles that may help.
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