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Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa is a perennial plant of the Araceae family, native to warm tropical rainforests in Mexico, Central America, Peru and Ecuador. This decorative beauty is a climbing plant that clings with aerial roots of brownish color. It is known by its unique foliage consisting of large and green leaves with deep splits and holes. These glossy leaves can measure up to 1 m. All parts of this easy-to-grow plant are toxic to people and animals (because of the high concentration of oxalic acid) except for the ripe fruit. The greenish-white fruit can be edible after one year of ripening. Monstera rarely flowers indoors, but produces white small flowers outdoors.

Datasheet

Common NameSwiss cheese plant, Monstera/ Mexican breadfruit/ hurricane plant
Botanical nameMonstera deliciosa
FamilyAraceae
Life CyclePerennial
FoliageEvergreen
Basic Colourwhite
Height60 -> 600 cm
HabitatWarm tropical rainforests from Mexico, Central America, Peru and Ecuador
Altitude500 – 2200 m
Bloom TimeJuly – August
Plant TypeShrub, climber, Ornamental, indoor, toxic
Fruit TypeCluster of berries
different tolerancesHardy
Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesPharmacopeae, Culinary, Ornamental
Active substancesOxalic acid
USDA Zone10 (-1), 11 (+4), 12 (+10)
Sun Exposurelight shade
Soil pHNeutral, Acidic
Soil MoistureMoist, drained
Soil Type Sandy, Clayey, Peaty
PropagationBy sowing, by Cuttings, by division,
GerminationTell us
Pests/ DiseasesRed spider, mealybug,

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