Mar 31 , 2020
Monstera adansonii. Pronounced adan-so-knee-eye as the double “i” at the end of a name means you pronounce it ee-eye. But if you’ve been saying it any other way, don’t stress! Latin is no longer a spoken language so nobody can be expected to know how to pronounce these mouthfuls, and usage often dictates what is commonly correct. It's also commonly known as a Swiss Cheese Vine, named for the fenestrations or holes in their leaves.
Anyway, on to the care tips! These guys are often considered good for new-ish plant owners - whilst not my top pick for a brand spanking new plant owner, they’re great for someone who’s managed to keep a few green babies alive.
Medium to bright indirect light. This means within a few metres of a brightly lit window, & in a spot where the rays of the sun do not directly touch the plant.
Water when soil is starting to dry. These guys can suffer root rot especially when they’re baby plants & their roots are still developing. As they’re often potted with a moss pole, it means their pots tend to hold a higher soil ratio than needed for their roots (ie they’re in bigger pots than necessary to fit the pole), which makes the soil more likely to drain less effectively. If their leaves are yellowing, it’s possibly due to wet feet. If root rot is significant, they are easily cloned/propagated via cuttings.
They benefit from well draining soil to help mitigate root rot. Adding perlite or pumice in a 1:5 ratio with your potting mix is one easy way to ensure soil drains freely
Whilst often found on poles, they can trail as well but tend to grow larger leaves climbing vs trailing. I like to train mine up and down the pole to make it look as bushy as possible, but they will also grow beautifully tumbling off a shelf. They are vigorous growers given the right amount of light too, and will reward you with long leafy vines.
Fairly prone to mealybugs which like to hide in their many nooks & crannies. Regular preventative treatment helps by spraying with your pest treatment of choice - neem oil is a popular choice
They propagate easily from stem cuttings. Just ensure you have a node. Cuttings tend to go yellow in water after a few months. Regular pruning benefits them as they’ll often become leggy in sections, and a good trim will encourage bushy growth closer to the base of the stem/vine