Monstera deliciosa, Swiss Cheese Plant

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Monstera deliciosa, aka Swiss Cheese Plant or Split Leaf Philodendron, is a very ornamental perennial fruiting vine native to tropical Mexico and Central America. It can be grown both indoors and outdoor and regarded as a highly sought after exotic houseplant. Monstera produces large white showy flowers that yield an amazing tropical fruit.  Monstera fruit tastes like a combination of mango, banana, and pineapple. The plant is fast-growing and requires very little maintenance.

It’s name comes from the latin word for "abnormal", because of it's odd, perforated leaves, often punctured through with holes.  This is known as leaf fenestration.  Hardy and beautiful, the Monstera vine has large glossy splitting leaves that can reach an incredible 2-4 ft size themselves.  Growers marvel as the impressive new leaf growth unfurls over 1-2 days. Grown outdoors in the shade, the Monstera plant will thrive for many years climbing up large oak trees. 

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How to Grow Monstera

Plant Type: Perennial Fruiting Vine

Harvest Season: Fall - Winter

Mature Size: Monstera is a climbing vine that can reach up to 70 ft. outdoors and about 10 ft. indoors.

Soil & Moisture: Requires fertile, moist, loose, well-draining soil. Loves to climb on shady trees.

Light Requirements: Part Shade, Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9+ with frost protection

How to Eat Monstera Fruit

Not only does this plant make a statement in your home, it also deserves a worthy spot in your food forest! Monstera produces a rare and delicious fruit that's highly coveted for it's unique tropical flavor. Fruit must be allowed to ripen naturally before consumption.  Place it upriht in a glass for 2-3 days. When ripe, the inedible outer scaley shell will naturally peel away, revealing the soft edible interior flesh. Fruit is high in Potassium and Vitamin C.