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Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera deliciosa

Ceriman, Custard Plant, Indian Ivy, Fruit Salad Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Monstera

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Delicious monster is a large, spreading, easy-to-grow, low maintenance plant. While it can be grown indoors, it will need some sort of support once it grows larger. Their flowers are large, if not particularly pretty, and will later produce fruit that are inedible until their scales lift up.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

The fruit may be ripened by cutting it when the first scales begin to lift up and it begins to smell pungent. Set aside wrapped in a paper bag​ until the scales begin popping off. Brush scales off to reveal the edible flesh underneath which can be cut from the core and eaten.

Propagation

Cuttings
A tip cutting, including at least two leaves, will root in spring, if it is planted in a deep pot containing a moistened equal-parts mixture of peat moss and sand. Enclose the cutting in a plastic bag.
Layering
Air layering.

Special features

Indoor plant
Plants grown indoors in temperate regions occasionally produce flowers and fruit.
Pot plant
Provide a large container to allow air roots to tap into the soil.

Geography

Origin
Central and South America, Mexico.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Peat, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
The flesh of the fruit underneath the scales can be cut from the core and eaten. The flesh has a fruity taste similar to jackfruit and pineapple.

Personality

Family
Araceae
Flower colour
Cream to white, White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Indoor plants may attract mites and scale insects and can be controlled by spraying the plant with a diluted horticultural oil or soap. Grasshoppers, leaf spot and root rot can cause serious damage to plants.

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