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Monstera the Swiss Cheese Plant

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Commonly known by plant lovers as a Split-Leaf Philodendron and Swiss cheese plant, it grows naturally in the tropical forests from southern Mexico to Panama. “Monstera” for its ability to get really big by vining up trees and “Deliciosa” for its tasty fruit, your houseplant version will do neither – it won’t grow up your walls or produce fruit in your home. You can, however, manually attach it to virtually anything and it will grow “up”; or it is happy to maintain itself as a floor plant without any support provided you trim it. Its deep-green, heart-shaped leaves offer years of interest accenting some larger furnishings. It can do its thing in relatively low light, but prefers some filtered sunlight from a nearby window.

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Read below for more information on caring for your new plant.

Description

The Monstera, like its Philodendron cousins in the Araceae family, is pretty easy to get along with.  To keep its leaves glossy and shiny, here’s what you need to know:

Watering

This plant is a moderate drinker and can handle moist soil conditions (like it does in the forests of Panama).  It can, however, go for 2+ weeks without watering with the proper sub-irrigation system, but we suggest you check it weekly during the first 6-8 weeks after you get it and during hot summer months. See our watering guide for more information.

Light

Monsteras thrive in medium to bright light, where the leaves will develop their characteristic heart shape and deep splits.  It can be sustained in low-light conditions, but it won’t do its leaf-split thing without good light.  Your best placement is near a window where the plant can get some sun light – east-, south- and west-facing windows are best.  Maintained as a floor plant (not allowing it to climb), it can easily be moved to and from a good light source.

Nutrition

Monsteras likely will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped. During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production. After 12 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants. If your Monstera is positioned on a porch in the south, it may need supplemental nutrition sooner than 12 months. Please refer to our nutrient guide for details.

Cleaning

Like its big-leaf friend the Ficus Lyrata, its large leaves are easy to clean and, overall, there are fewer leaves than many other interior plants. Simply wiping the leaves with a wet cloth usually does the trick. For spots where something else (besides dust) has landed on your plant, use a mild soapy solution to wet the cloth; then wipe.

Pruning

Well…here, it depends on what you want.  The plant can be trained to climb or be maintained as a “floor” plant keeping its stems from growing long and within the bounds of the planter.  For climbing, it will use its aerial roots to cling to many surfaces, but a pieces of wood or sphagnum moss pole works best.  Just direct the stems to the target surface, give it plenty of light, and let it grow.  Alternatively, you can prune the stems back to the base and the plant will produce more leaves at the center of the plant.

Bugs

Hardly a worry here, the Monstera is not a big target for pests. Scale, mealy bugs, and mites sometimes jump on, but they’re easily controlled by wiping the infested area with a soapy solution. It can take several intermittent cleanings to rid the plant of the pests.

Warning

The leaves and stems of the Monstera are toxic to animals (including humans), so do not ingest any part of the plant.  So, if you have a dog, cat, or horse, don’t let them ingest it.

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42 reviews for Monstera the Swiss Cheese Plant

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    I received this plant for my birthday. It was so beautiful that I ordered in for my cousin for her birthday! Customer service went above and beyond to make sure the plant was delivered. Thank you!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks! We’re hoping your cousin loves hers as much as you do yours!
      Sue

  2. Christa S. (verified owner)

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    Omg, I am in love with this plant! It arrived so full and huge and all the leaves were in perfect condition (and this was during July in Texas!). It’s already sprouting a big new leaf, only a couple of weeks later. Just buy it – it will make your room happy. 🙂

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Awesome! Glad we were able to get it to you safely!
      Thanks – Sue

  3. SolveigLynn Bowers (verified owner)

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  4. Crystal C. (verified owner)

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    Plant is perfection. My experience with this company was amazing from start to finish. Quick and easy online checkout. Staff went above and beyond when I went to pick up my purchase. This company will be the only company I ever purchase plants from. Can’t wait for my next purchase.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks so much! We’re here to help if you need us!!
      Sue

  5. maithry84 (verified owner)

    Im extremely happy with the plant, purchase, shipping and a very detailed care guide I received from Sue. You can tell they really care about their plants when you read Sue’s emails. This huge adorable monstera arrived hale and healthy. 1 month since the arrival it’s doing great. I have had experience purchasing plants elsewhere for similar price range but with such disappointing results. Plantz really has wonderfully healthy plants.. I’ll sure to get more added to my collection soon. Thank you Sue for answering questions with patience.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks! I have a great team to work with who make sure the plants are packaged well so they make the trip. We’re here to help if you need us for anything!
      Sue

  6. River (verified owner)

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    This plant shipped pretty quickly and didn’t spend much time in transit. Plant showed up in great health and with VERY clear instructions. They even send you an immediate care list before you even get the plant, so you can be prepared for it’s needs. Very impressed. Would buy again from Plantz!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks so much. We’re here to help with after care too if you need us!
      Thanks – Sue

  7. Katie Davis (verified owner)

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    My plant came faster than expected in perfect packaging, no bugs, beautiful huge mature plant! Exactly what I wanted!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We’re so glad you’re happy with it. Our team does a great job at packing these plants for their journey!
      Thanks – Sue

  8. Sally (verified owner)

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    Fantastic plant and packed very carefully!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank Sally! Our shipping crew is the best and they make sure the plants can handle their time with FedEx!
      Sue

  9. Nivedita Jampana (verified owner)

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  10. Maria Beckman (verified owner)

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    My daughter loves her plant. Sue, was extremely helpful. Was genuinely a pleasure buying from you! Thank you

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to help!
      Sue

  11. Bradley H. (verified owner)

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    Great delivery and packaging. Plant looks good! Very little if any damage, quick shipping. Easy to unpack and care for. Thanks!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      You’re very welcome and thanks for letting us know!
      Sue

  12. KIZZY KEHOE (verified owner)

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    Love Love Love doing business with PLANTZ!!!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks Kizzy! You are such a great customer!
      Thanks – Sue

  13. Jie Pan (verified owner)

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    Clean and shiny. Lovely!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thank you!
      Sue

  14. Anonymous (verified owner)

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  15. Joshua Sears (verified owner)

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    Awesome! I received one beautiful healthy plant that is thriving. Packaged Well. Thank You.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for letting us know! Our shipping team does a great job packing the plants and we’re so glad you’re happy with it!
      Thanks – Sue

  16. Abigail (verified owner)

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  17. Hannah Smith (verified owner)

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  18. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Very happy with the plant. It arrived healthy and beautiful. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now and no loss of leaves and it is showing signs of growing new leaves! All of the instructions from Plantz on how to unbox and take care of the plant was very well done and helpful.

  19. Duane (verified owner)

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    Our Monstera arrived healthy and in perfect condition. The folks at Plantz have packaging down to an art.

  20. Jeffery B. (verified owner)

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  21. Dyna (verified owner)

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    Sue was very helpful and the plants arrived on time and in great condition. Thank you!

  22. Joy (verified owner)

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    I was so excited to get my planet and even paid extra for a 2 day delivery. When I opened the box to find out that a huge leave was broken and several leaves were damaged. I just figured, I could try and save them although they’re not as beautiful as they should be. It’s going on 2 weeks come Wednesday 21st. The plant looks a little better. My pot was split a little on one side as well. I think my plant will continue to grow new leaves but over all, I really like Plantz plants. I truly believe it was damaged through transit.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Joy – I’m so sorry that you had some damage with your plant during transit. I’ve sent you an email and I’d like to see what happened. Please send me a photo so I can help.
      Thanks – Sue

  23. ellen v. (verified owner)

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    I love my plant! Delivery was so easy and the plant is doing great.

  24. KAREN GIBLER (verified owner)

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    one looks great and the other not so good

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Karen – I’m so sorry. I’m very glad that the replacement we sent is much better. Thanks for letting us know there was an issue!

  25. Blayze O’Brien (verified owner)

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    Three of the taller newer leaves were significantly damaged during transit. I’ve noticed this on other monstera I’ve purchased online so this isn’t so much a PLANTZ issue but something that happens to monstera. The rest of the plant is otherwise great.

  26. Sophia (verified owner)

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    I don’t typically leave reviews, but my experience with Plantz has been phenomenal. I’ve never received such great customer service! Sue reached out when my monstera plant was ready. It shipped and arrived faster than expected. The plant came out beautifully. Plants had great instructional videos on taking care of my plant. I can’t believe a living plant can come out of a box so perfectly! It’s now sitting in my living room and looks great. Thank you!

  27. Derek (verified owner)

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  29. JEAN (verified owner)

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  30. John A. (verified owner)

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    Absolutely the BEST customer service that I’ve ever experienced and gorgeous plant, I will order from them again!

  31. linda (verified owner)

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  32. Anonymous (verified owner)

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  33. Pauline Sampson (verified owner)

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    Had trouble getting the discount code but other than that, all went well

  34. Wanda Singh-Thind (verified owner)

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  35. Lynette Johnson (verified owner)

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  36. Sherifia H. (verified owner)

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  37. Kirstin (verified owner)

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    Exceeded my expectations! Beautiful, healthy plant.

  38. Suzanne (verified owner)

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  39. Anonymous (verified owner)

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  40. Ashley F. (verified owner)

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    I’m very impressed with how well packaged the plant was for shipping. It arrived in great shape and is a nice mature plant. Would order again from Plantz.

  41. Teresa Colerus (verified owner)

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  42. Lynn M. (verified owner)

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    The Monstera is one of three plants that I ordered from Plantz. It arrived in near-perfect condition (a couple leaves were broken in transit-one fell off and the other is recovering). Other than the two damaged leaves it looks just like the online picture. Actually, I think mine is fuller and more beautiful than the pictured Monstera. Will Stone, Greenhouse, and Sue Waltzer, customer service, have helped me from my pre-order decision-making through the ordering, unboxing and setting up. They are the greatest! I would recommend Plantz and Plantz personnel to everyone!

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