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Split-Leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera deliciosa
Interior Floor Specimens

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Monstera deliciosa

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Monstera deliciosa Plant Information

Scientific Name: Monstera deliciosa
Common Name: split-leaf philodendron

Swiss cheese plant
Family: Araceae
Suggested Uses: interior perennials, large foliage floor plant
Plant Form: spreading
Height: depends on structure
Spread: 2 - 3 feet
Foliage: tree climber with thick stems and aerial roots

large, heart-shaped. dark green leaves which become more dissected with age
Flower: cream or white flowers
Fruit: fruit fragrant and edible once ripe
Light Requirement: medium exposure
Water: low water requirement
Soil: prefers moist soil with a low pH

allow to dry between waterings
Heat Tolerance: medium heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 9 - 11
Native Range: tropics
Maintenance: slow growth rate
Additional Notes: very large leaves and climbing nature limits common use of this plant

young plants sold under the name Philodendron pertusum, which has entire leaves

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