Updated: May 27
The Monstera Deliciosa plant, also known as the Swiss Cheese plant is a vivacious statement in your home. Renowned for its luscious and vast growth; the swiss cheese plant needs some tender loving care to manage any trimming, dead leaves, or overreaching growth in small spaces. Albeit a large and prosperous plant in your home, it’s actually highly recommended for plant newbies.
Why the Swiss Cheese Plant is Unique and Popular
If you’re looking for a house plant or decorative fixture that is unique in shape and structure, yet popular across the realms of social media, then the Monstera Deliciosa plant is a must. We can’t get enough of them!
In fact, The Monstera Deliciosa was described as “the insta plant” due to its influential presence on social media. If you search #monsteradeliciosa on Instagram, it results in over 820k results and that’s not including its other nicknames!
The name might sound tasty, but it’s in fact inedible
The name “Swiss Cheese Plant” or “Monstera Deliciosa” may sound delicious, but don’t be fooled… This plant is in fact poisonous to people and animals. Although, Monstera Deliciosa does in fact mean delicious monster! The names are extremely fun and a real talking point for your plant collection.
Please read this guide to find out more about having certain houseplants in your home with animals and children.
This plant has a bunch of names
The Monstera Deliciosa is commonly referred to as Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera, as well as The Mexican Breadfruit. Its name “The Mexican Breadfruit” comes from the rare occasions the plant has been known to produce fruits.
There are tonnes of names for this plant, you can find out more about the origins here.
The Monstera Deliciosa craves indirect light
The Monstera Deliciosa plant originates from Central and South America, they are known to reach new heights to try and meet the sunlight. It’s used to growing beneath towering trees, so taking in some sunlight from behind household blinds works perfectly as placement in our homes. The plant itself only needs sunlight intake for a few hours per day. This makes it a low maintenance plant to enjoy with few care techniques.
The mysterious rise of house-plants
During the pandemic, searches for houseplants have soared and the Monstera has hit the top of the Spring houseplant wishlist. Searches for the Monstera Deliciosa have risen an extortionate amount since 2018 (442% to be precise). Our affiliation with this plant is consistent due to its distinctive beauty, leaf span, and striking holes. The houseplant trend isn’t going anywhere!
Back in 2019, there was a 150% rise in the sales of Monstera and they’ve been an ever-popular centre-piece in our homes since.
We’ve spent longer indoors
As we’ve spent more time indoors and connected and shared more via social media; there's an increased longing to bring the outdoors in and aid in efforts to improve our self-compassion. Plants have an extraordinary calming presence and have been known to make your body and soul feel content by spending time around them. Taking in the outdoors for a minimum of 2 hours a week can make you can feel substantial positives in your mood.
Plant trend alert: Detoxifying plants
Plants that de-toxify the air are high on our radar and having certain plants in our homes can provide many benefits. Some studies, including Nasa’s clean air study state that the more houseplants you have in your home, as well as a variety, helps to detoxify your space on a greater scale. Certain plants can give you the space you need to breathe, literally and mentally. According to Nasa’s clean air study, there is a whole range of plants that help to detoxify and eliminate dust, germs, airborne toxins, and more.
The Monstera Deliciosa is especially useful for cleaning the air. De-toxifying plants are not only beautiful and helpful to cleanse our homes; they’ve more recently been described as something necessary for our homes. Research suggests that the level of pollution in our homes may be much higher than we imagine, outdoing outdoor pollution. By having the right types and amounts of these incredible plants in our home; we may be doing the world of good for our environment and health.
These houseplants allow for some calm, naturalistic value, and peaceful decor that helps us to unwind and de-stress. Houseplants are the perfect interior design trend that creates a serene environment, with benefits to your quality of living, not just aesthetically! If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or in need of something to ease your mind; there are certain pointers that you can pay attention to understand how you’re feeling. A real sense of community is created when we connect with nature and plants to help bring us closer together and relieve our negative feeling. Plants become a point of conversation, connection, and affinity.
We are drawn to certain shapes, designs, and visuals of plants due to a deeper meaning or feeling. Community as a whole can help to emphasise a sense of purpose and belonging. It’s through this that we can alleviate our stresses, manage our anxiety, and build deeper connections through common interests. Plants alone can help to bond us, help us feel refreshed, and develop an understanding of nature together.
The Monstera Deliciosa is entrenched with detail - we love the holes in the leaves
The Monstera Deliciosa plant has been known to grow up to 15 feet in the correct climate! Once it reaches around 3 feet, this is when fenestration (holes) begin to occur. By caring for your plant and trimming back the older or dead leaves, you’re allowing the plant to reach its full potential and span wider, as well as enabling the production of more holes! If your Monstera Deliciosa is healthy and is roughly around four years old; it should show holes in each of its heart-shaped leaves!
How to Take Care of Your Swiss Cheese Plant at Home
Keep your plant at room temperature! You can pop it outside in the summer months, but be careful as the leaves can be sensitive to too much sunlight. The Monstera Deliciosa plant thrives in a climate of 18 degrees c to 27 degrees c. This makes them perfect for an indoor environment and a dream purchase for unpredictable climates.
Great news! You’ll only have to give your plant a drink once a week. You’ll also be able to tell if your Swiss Cheese plant needs a top-up if the surface level of the soil is looking dry.
One of the ways to support your Monstera Deliciosa is to use a fertiliser. Here are a couple of ways that you can fertilise your Swiss Cheese plant as recommended by Lorin Nielsen- a lifetime gardener. You’ll only need to fertilise your plant every few weeks, so it really is a simple plant to care for.
From start to finish, the Monstera Deliciosa is an amazing, low maintenance, high-impact plant for your home.
The Bottom Line
As a person passionate about helping others engage with their communities, I am delighted to build connections and develop meaningful relationships. I feel that whatever I create needs to express a story, filled with honest reality, but with a little dreaming and inspiration.
At Kahana, we live and breathe content creation. We love learning new concepts, exploring emergent trends, and writing about topics that foster creativity and wellness. If you're interested in writing with us or would like to collaborate for your dream business blog, we'd love to hear from you!