Monstera adansonii grows best in indirect light and under tree shade as they are native to the central and south American Jungles. Antigua, Guadeloupe, and Dominica are places where you can find Monstera.
Place it in a spot where light is limited to 2-3 hours of direct morning sun if you cannot place it indirect light. Monstera adansonii plant does best in well-drained soil ideally with peat moss, bark, perlite, and charcoal. Humidity must be more than 60% for best growth. Keep the soil slightly moist and water once a week.
Adansonii is known for its unique appearance, its large leaves with beautiful fenestration adansonii is relatively simple and easy to care.
THE ORIGIN OF MONSTERA ADANSONII
I grow my Monstera Adansonii in an Aroid mix consisting of orchid bark, perlite, peat moss, and charcoal. As Monstera Adansonii is an epiphyte, it needs extremely well-draining soil or it might develop root rot.
The ideal pH for your Swiss Cheese Vine plant is around 5.5 to 7.0 pH for a healthy growth rate.
Considering the natural habitat of a Monstera adansonii, it grows in the sparsely lit jungles of South and Central America. Keeping this in mind, this plant prefers to be near sunlight, but not directly in it.
Bright indirect light is the best for a good growing Monstera Adansonii.
To give your Swiss Cheese Vine species the best chance, place it a few feet away from a well-lit window.
Taking care of Monstera adansonii is quite easy, except when it comes to their water requirements. They can be somewhat picky in this area.
Strive to regularly water your plant, making sure that the soil is moist, yet not drowning. Generally water about once a week in indoor houseplant conditions. Make sure that the soil never completely dries out and keep it slightly moist.
When you water, water thoroughly to mimic conditions in the jungle. A thorough watering will also flush away the salt that is building up.
Overwatering can be a common issue, so make sure to provide apt drainage through holes on the bottom of your pot.
Keeping this plant’s environment at the correct temperature is not the most important aspect to consider. They tend to prefer rooms kept at a temperature between 64 – 81 °F (18 to 27 °C).
Anything fewer than 64°F or 18°C will tremendously slow down any plant growth. Below this temperature, you risk that your Adansonii is wilting and dying from cold.
It can take short periods of cold temperatures but longer exposures will not just be tolerated by a little dieback but may result in the death of your leafy friend.
The humidity requirement of your Monstera adansonii will be somewhat higher than other commonly used houseplants. They are found in Central and South America, where moisture is constantly abundant.
Keep the room anywhere between an average or high humidity for the happiest plant. You can always mist the leaves to ensure that these needs are met. In general, the Monkey Mask loves humidity and will thank it with bigger and stronger leaves and growth.
A humidity level above 90% generally worked best from our experience. This can only be achieved in greenhouses or terrariums.
But even increased humidity from using a humidifier, spraying the plant regularly or using a pot below the plant with pebbles or stones filled with water can increase humidity.
This is not necessary to keep your Monstera Adansonii plant alive but can increase its health and growth.
Those who choose to grow this plant indoors must use a fair amount of fertilizer. A well-balanced fertilizer at half-strength using an NPK ratio of 20-20-20 is best. Either a liquid fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer can be used.
This is imminent due to the fact that Monstera adansonii grows quickly and cannot produce a sufficient amount of chlorophyll without fertilizer.
Without the addition of fertilizers, the leaves tend to become yellow. Yellow leaves can be a sign that your Cheese vine lacks nutrients.
Fertilize in Summer and Spring about once a month but refrain from fertilizing in Winter and Autumn.
Do not fertilize when you have just repotted your Monkey mask or when your plant has a weak root system. This is the time where your roots are weak and could be burnt by fertilizer.
Producing new individuals from your existing Swiss Cheese Vine plant is very easy. This is typically done through snipping or cutting a part of the stem off.
Propagation in Monstera adansonii occurs either through water propagation before it is transferred to a pot.
However, you can also propagate the Monstera Adansonii by using Sphagnum Moss or by putting the cutting directly into the soil. What you will need is a piece of stem as well as at least one node.
Nodes are these brown or whiteish knubby sections just below where leaves emerge and branch off the stem. Propagation of an Adansonii is not difficult but you may want to try the different methods described and use the propagation method that works best for you.
PROPAGATION OF THE SWISS CHEESE VINE PLANT
Propagation helps you multiply your plant by growing new plants from a part of existing plants. this can be done using leaves, bulbs, seeds, stem or other various parts of existing plant. Monstera Adansonii are easy to propagate
There are two different ways in which you can go about propagating this plant:
- Propagation in water
- Propagation in soil
PROPAGATION IN THE WATER
Water propagation is one of the most common ways for Swiss Cheese Vine. Cut a piece of vine with nodes from a mature plant and dip in the water. Make sure at least one or two nodes are in the water. Nodes is where the root begin to develop.
Place the bowl in indirect sunlight. Change water every few days until you see roots. It take a week or ten days to root.
Move the rooted cutting to soil once roots are strong enough to support the plant.
PROPAGATION IN THE SOIL
Soil propagation is not a widely accepted way for Swiss Cheese Vine. But ne can use this if willing to skip water involvement.Cut a piece of vine with nodes from a mature plant and poke in a small pot with soil. Make sure at least one or two nodes are underneath the top layer of soil. Make sure the soil is moist and well drained.
Place the pot in indirect sunlight.It take a few weeks to root and is slower than water propagation. It can be placed in a pot of its own in 2-3 weeks after rooting.
Forms of Monstera Adansonii
There are many different varieties of Monstera Adansonii. The size and looks differs on locality and weather.
The shape ,fenestration varies from type to type. Whereas some grows much larger leaves, some have round leaves whereas some have slender leaves.
Types of Monstera Adansonii available usually:
Monstera Adansonii Narrow Form
Monstera Adansonii Round Form
Monstera Adansonii Variegated
Whereas some species are extinct due to deforestation.
Apart from the Philodendron Spiritus Sancti and the Monstera Obliqua, the Monstera Adansonii Variegata is a true unicorn plant.
6 TIPS AND TRICKS TO HEALTHY MONSTERA ADANSONII
- Must place it in a spot where it gets 2-3 hours of morning rays directly but not harsh direct sunlight.
- to keep your soil moist, Use well drained peat-based soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. And don’t overwater your plant.
- Check the leaves to determine water needs. Add water accordingly when the leaves are droopy.
- Fertilize your plants monthly and stop during winters.
- Consider repotting only when roots begin to circle inside the pot. Monstera needs a fair amount of room to grow.
- Humidity is something which makes monstera happy. Place between plants, bathrooms or kitchen with a fair amount of light for more humidity. If not, install a humidifier.
3 Important things about YOUR MONSTERA PLANT
- harsh Direct light : Monstera need light, but can quickly dry when exposed to harsh direct sunlight. So place it near a window or spot where it gets indirect light.
- Repotting: whereas most plants require repotting, Monstera needs repotting in a slightly bigger pot every year and let it be root bound oftenly.
- Pets: MOnstera is moderately toxic to pets. Vomiting swallowing problem or oral irritation can be the results when eaten by pets.If your pet has a habit of chewing leaves around, keep monstera out of their reach.