Monstera deliciosa


Friut salad plant/Swiss cheese plant

Herbaceous perennial of variable size, depending upon growing conditions. The stems have long aerial roots that allow it climb up trees and other supports. The juvenile leaves are large, entire and broadly ovate. The mature leaves are very large, deeply lobed and often perforated. Mature plants display cream spathes, followed by scented and edible fruit.


Suitable for growing under trees in tropical conditions or as an indoor plant.

Fruits are edible.


Best grown in semi-shade in tropical climates or as an indoor plant in cooler regions. Will tolerate full sun. Prefers fertile, moist and well-drained soil. Frost sensitive. Propagate by seed, cuttings or aerial layering.


Layering, stem cuttings, leaf bud cuttings or division.


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Courses on growing Tropical and Indoor Plants are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see Books: ‘Growing Tropical Plants’ by John Mason and ‘Tropical and Warm Climate Gardening’ are available through Video: ‘Identifying Tropical Plants’ produced by Australian Correspondence Schools is available through CDROM: ‘Trees and Shrubs for Warm Places’ by John Mason is available through

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