An original trailblazing house plant, the Monstera deliciosa seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance. With its recognisable perforated leaves bringing the jungle vibe inside, this legend is fairly easy to maintain so long as it has moist, warm conditions and you provide some extra space within your home for it to thrive. Ideal for beginners.
Native to Central America
Positioning + Light Needs
Loves bright, indirect light but will tolerate moderate shade. Avoid direct sunlight.
Water when the top soil becomes slightly dry and reduce watering in the Winter. Avoid over watering your Cheese plant.
I need average to high humidity, so I love to be warm and misted; more regularly in the warmer months and when the central heating kicks in.
Feed me monthly every Spring and Summer with diluted liquid fertiliser.
Re-pot once every two years approximately, early Spring. You may also want to invest in a larger moss pole.
Child / Pet Friendly
No sorry, I'm a little toxic.
Look out for
Leaves yellowing: If your plant has yellowing leaves and they're wilting it's possible your over-watering. If you know the plant has not been over-watered it could mean the plant soil needs fertiliser.
Leaf tips / edges turning brown: Low humidity and dry air is the most common fault here, although a pot bound plant can have the same affect on a plant.
Leaves not forming slits or holes: This is usually due to lack of something which will be light, not enough water or not enough fertiliser. If the plant is tall then you may want to check to see if the aerial roots are in compost and if they're not then place the roots in soil or on a moist moss pole.