Small M. adansonii plants at Oxley Nursery

Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera adansonii

Synonyms: Adanson’s Monstera, Five Holes Plant.

Monstera adansonii is the latest and greatest in indoor plants. Only commercially available since around 2016, this climbing or trailing plant is becoming a must-have for indoor plant enthusiasts. Like other Monstera, it’s easy to grow in and indoor situation. It will climb if provided a structure, or will trail as a hanging basket plant without.

This Monstera does best in a bright position. It does not require direct sun but will, like others in the genus, adapt to significant levels of sun. Over watering can be an issue compared to Monstera deliciosa, as the stems are thinner and more prone to rotting off. They may benefit from drying out somewhat between waterings, as do most indoor plants.

As a hanging basket plant, light pruning occasionally will help produce more vines and a thicker plant. Similarly when growing on a structure or totem, light pruning will tidy the growth and may help the plant produce more vines.

Applications

  • Indoor
  • Shade areas
  • Balcony/patio plant
  • Climbing plant
  • Hanging basket plant
  • Potted specimen

Care

Very easy to care for. Choose a bright spot, close to a window if grown indoors. Insufficient light may cause the plant to lean or “point” towards the light, and may damp-off if kept overly wet. If grown outside, Monstera can be adapted to part sun or dappled shade. Monstera adansonii will not tolerate prolonged frost periods. Regular fertilizing with products such as Troforte and Organic Link will produce lush, vigorous growth.

Features

  • Unusual leaves with “swiss cheese” holes or slats
  • Excellent climbing abilities
  • Small leaves

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Size

Height: 10m+ (if climbing)
Width: 1m

Light

Bright indoor position, part sun or dappled shade outdoors.

Watering

Low water needs.

Growth Rate

Slow to Moderate growth rate.
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