Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa

Swiss cheese plant

  • Botanical name: Monstera deliciosa
  • Common name: Swiss cheese plant
  • Family: Araceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Evergreen
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This 1970s favourite, Monstera deliciosa, is making a comeback. It’s widely known as the Swiss cheese plant, due to the large holes in its lush, deeply cut leaves.


Monstera deliciosa does best in a bright or partly shaded spot, and needs plenty of space as it can get quite large. As it grows, it will need support – grow it up a mossy pole and tuck the aerial roots into it.


Water the Swiss cheese plant when the top inch or so of compost has become dry and be sure to let the water drain away afterwards. Wipe the leaves occasionally to keep them dust free and shiny. Feed once a month in spring and summer.

How to grow Monstera deliciosa

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    50cm spread

  • Plant care: Brightspot-not direct sunlight, mist leaves regularly, prefers a shady spot

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Monstera deliciosa and wildlife

Monstera deliciosa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Monstera deliciosa poisonous?

Monstera deliciosa can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Monstera deliciosa

Fiddle leaf fig Ficus lyrata

Ficus lyrata

Fiddle-leaf fig