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The Monstera Adansonii care

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Monstera Adansonii, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, is a unique flowering plant with beautiful heart-shaped leaves. Because of the oval-shaped holes or fenestrations dappled throughout the leaf, it’s sometimes called Monstera Adansonii Swiss cheese, or simply swiss cheese plant. This Monstera has glossy, green leaf surfaces and is incredibly easy to grow.


In its natural habitat, Monstera Adansonii grows in rainforests and jungle-like areas. Subsequently, it performs best in lighting that mimics that environment. Indirect bright light or partial sun is optimal. It can grow in shade but tends to be slowed in its growth.

Avoid full sun conditions. Too much light will cause sunburn to the beautiful leaves. Stick with indirect light to avoid damage.


While it’ll tolerate humidity levels as low as 40%, humidity levels should be above 50% for this plant whenever possible to mimic it’s accustomed damp forested conditions. Place a humidifier nearby to increase ambient air moisture around your plant.


A well-draining soil is important for your Monstera Adansonii Swiss Cheese Plant. But as the plant does require some moisture retention, opting for a high-peat potting mix is a good choice. The peat moss will absorb its own weight in water and release it slowly to the plants but will allow the excess to freely drain away. Orchid bark or other chunky material like perlite is a good addition for drainage.


Monstera plants as a species are low to moderate feeders, but their requirements really depend on their size. A swiss cheese vine that’s immature and which receives lower light conditions won’t grow as quickly nor need as much fertilizer. Larger plants with higher light conditions may need considerably more. It is best to provide a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength on a biweekly basis. Replace one of your normal watering sessions with this feeding. It will make your Monstera perfectly happy. If your potting mix included fertilizer initially, wait for a few months before beginning a fertilizer regimen. This gives the Monstera time to absorb the food that was already in its soil.


Monstera Adansonii likes to be very slightly cramped in its pot. You’ll want to make sure that it doesn’t have an oversized pot, as that can be an environment in which will cause root rot.

If the roots are beginning to become visible out of the bottom of the pot, you know it’s time. A very tall and thick one may also need to be repotted to provide enough space for it to grow. If you plan to increase the pot size, go just barely larger at most. Ensure your pot has good drainage out of its base. Also use a fresh batch of potting mix when replanting, as the roots will appreciate it. Take this time to inspect the roots as well. Use sterile clippers or a sharp, sterilized knife to remove any portions which shows visible signs of rot.

Replant it at about the same depth it was at previously. Press lightly on the soil to firm it up around the roots and stems.


With that said, The Monstera Adansonii definitely should be on all beginners' lists. It doesn't really need much attention when one could schedule its care. So if an active, moderate growing, low maintenance plant is what you are looking for, the Monstera Adansonii might just be it for you.


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