Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera adansonii)
This is a very
eye-catching foliage. Each mature leaf displays multiple oval holes, called
fenestrations. These holes are theorized to allow sun and water through to the
lower leaves in tropical environments and help the leaves stand up to forceful
wind. Swiss Cheese Plant is meant to climb and when given a trellis or pole, it
will reward you with larger leaves as the plant grows taller. Alternatively, when
not climbing, the plant reverts to a more vine-like growth, sending out thin
branches that look beautiful cascading from a hanging basket or draping over
tables and windowsills. This plant prefers a fast draining soil mix, bright, indirect
light and plenty of humidity.
There is much confusion about Monstera adansonii and Monstera
obliqua. Obliqua’s leaves are very thin and 90% of the leaf surface is
holes. Adansonii’s leaves are thicker with holes that cover about 50% of
the leaf surface. Obliqua is extremely rare. Adansonii is often called
M. obliqua but they are not the same species.