Just look at that striking foliage! Known as the Five Holes or Swiss Cheese Plant, the Monstera adansonii (pronounced mon-STER-a add-AN-saw-NEEE) is a tropical ornamental plant known for its eye-catching leaves and its love of climbing.
Native to Mexico, and Central and South America, there are 41 species of the Five Holes Plant. With their deep-green perforated leaves and vine-like aerial roots, the Five Holes Plant is a striking addition to any plant collector’s collection.
The Five Holes Plant needs plenty of attention and is recommended for intermediate to expert gardeners.
Environment & Temperature:
The closer you can mimic the plant’s natural environment the better. These plants hail from the deep-jungle, so they love high humidity, moisture and high temperatures. Choose well-lit, warm and humid spaces – bathrooms and kitchens work well. High humidity is the key. Keep your plant’s soil moist throughout the spring and summer time, and cut back on the watering during winter. Try to keep the temperature continuously above 15 degrees Celsius.
Fertiliser & Soil:
Use a very well drained potting mix along with plenty of perlite (volcanic glass with a high water content). Feed with liquid fertiliser during the growing season on a regular basis.
Pruning & Propagation:
The Five Holes Plant is a vining plant, so be prepared for long runners to be sent out by the plant. If required, you can cut back any vine as little or as much as you like. New growth will resume from the pruning cut. And what’s even better, the pruned cuttings will root easily in water or in a small pot filled with damp potting mix.
A quick word of warning: Monstera plants are toxic to animals, so please make sure to put them where your beloved pets can’t eat the leaves. Symptoms include irritation, mouth swelling, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulties swallowing.
Did you know?
The Five Holes Plant has been used in medicines as a stimulant, narcotic, diuretic, purgative, and an emmenagogue. An interesting fact, but we’d stick to growing these plants simply for their beauty.