Known for its large perforated leave holes and rich green foliage, the Monstera Adansonii is a delicate beauty that looks good as a hanging or potted houseplant.

By now you are probably familiar with the Monstera Deliciosa – the plant with big green foliage and odd-looking leaves holes. But have you met its other beautiful cousin, the Monstera Adansonii? If not, let’s get you acquainted.

The Monstera Adansonii also called the Swiss-cheese plant is a tropical perennial native to Central and South America. With delicate and more perforated leave holes than its cousin, this plant gets its popular nickname from its leave holes striking resemblance to the Emmental Swiss-type cheese. Each lush green leaf of the Adansonii is full of oval-shaped enclosed holes called fenestrations that give the plant its conspicuous beauty and makes it an impressive addition to your space or plant collection. Its natural climbing tendencies also add a beautiful display to your walls and hanging baskets. As indoor plants, your Adansonii can grow up to 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide, making them the ideal ornamental design. 

With its increasing popularity amongst plant collectors, you’re probably wondering if the hype about this plant is worth it. Well, let’s tell you why this plant is such a big deal.

Different Forms to choose from: With different varieties to choose from, there is hardly a dull moment with the Monstera Adansonii. While the narrow form of the Adansonii has narrow leaves that are longer with tips slightly pointing to one side, The round form Adansonii is wider and more heart-shaped than its narrow counterpart. Get one of our different forms of the Swiss cheese plant and enliven your home with a green design that matches your energy.

Natural Climbers: With its opulent green leaves and good trailing quality, it is no wonder that the Adansonii makes a better hanging houseplant than the Deliciosa plant. Their aerial roots give them the vine-like tendencies to climb or trail, and providing your Swiss-cheese plant with a moss pole or trellis for support will reward you with larger leaves and unique perforations that will make a luxurious statement in your space. 

Natural Air Purifier: Just like its cousin, the Monstera Adansonii is good air cleaners. Get one of our Monstera Adansonii and your lungs will thank you for it!

Trouble-free Care Routine: For all its fragile beauty, taking care of the Swiss-cheese plant, is pretty straightforward and not as complicated as you think. Just putting them under bright and indirect light, following a weekly watering routine, and supporting it with a moss pole, is all this plant needs to grow healthy and well-perforated leave holes.

Ready to grow your Swiss-Cheese plant to optimal health? Just follow these instructions.

Light

Due to the tropical origins of the Monstera Adansonii, they grow best in medium to bright indirect light or partial shade. Exposure to direct and intense sunlight will cause their leaves to burn. So to give your plant the best chance of surviving, place it in an east-facing window for indirect light exposure.

Soil

Your Adansonii plant needs a well-draining soil or a peat-based potting mix that locks in moisture without getting waterlogged. To maintain healthy growth, ensure your Swiss cheese plant-soil pH level is between 5.5 to 7.0 pH, and choose a pot with large bottom drainage holes.

Water

Your Swiss cheese plant is somewhat picky when it comes to its watering requirements. You don’t want to give them too much water that their roots rot and you don’t want to keep them dry that their leaves start turning yellow. Just ensure that you strike a balance and keep them moist at all times. Before giving your plant a sip, be sure to stick your fingers into the soil. If it feels almost dry, you know it is time to water your plant.

Temperature and Humidity

As tropical plants, your Adansonii loves humidity! So a high humidity level above 80% works best for them. Spraying your plant frequently, putting them in a pebble tray, or using a humidifier is the best way to give them humidity. Also a temperature between 64° F - 81°F is the correct temperature to keep your plant healthy. Anything below that and your's Adansonii is on its way to death-land.

Fertilizer

Be sure to feed your plant frequently with a slow-release or liquid fertilizer for even growth.

Pruning

As a vining plant, there is every tendency for your Swiss cheese plant to outgrow your space. If your plant needs pruning, cut the top growth and any dead or damaged leaves during spring or fall.

Toxicity

The Monstera Adansonii is toxic to animals and can cause vomiting, mouth irritation, and burns if ingested. So it is best to keep out of the reach of your furry friends.