Lush Plants Online Plant Nursery Australia is delighted to have Monstera Deliciosa back in stock! As well as a gorgeous foliage plant, and an easy care pot plant, it produces an exotic tropical fruit. The name means "Delicious Monster" for a reason!
Native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico and south to Panama, it is now widespread. This has led to a huge variety of names for the same plant including; Split leaf Philodendron, Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Monster Fruit, Mexican Breadfruit, Locust and Wild Honey, Windowleaf, Delicious Monster, Monstera, Penglai banana and Balazo.
If planted in a pot, size is contained, but if planted in the garden the leaves grow to be huge, up to 90cm long and 75cm wide, and heart-shaped. Leaves are whole on young plants, but soon develop lobed shaped holes, hence the common names ‘Swiss Cheese Plant’ and ‘Window Leaf’.
Aerial roots are produced, which are used to climb up a support (such as a tree), the plant will naturally look for shade as a seedling hoping to find a tree to climb! It will form a thick mat on the ground if unsupported. It is well suited to a position alongside a fence, or growing up dead trees and tree stumps. It is sometimes used to create a beautiful tropical look, growing up trees in shady spots.
Monstera deliciosa produces a spathe and spadix. The spadix is formed in the shape of a succulent spike with little flowers. The spadix (immature fruit) can take over 12 months to mature, and swell into the fruit reaching up to 30cm long and 5cm in diameter.
Everyone will describe the fruit flavour a little differently - hints of banana, mango and pineapple, jackfruit like, so “Fruit Salad” plant is fitting. This exotic fruit is rarely seen commercially and most people are introduced to it at a local market or by the neighbour who has a plant!
All parts of this plant are poisonous, except for the ripe fruit.
Fruit that is fully formed is large and covered with hexagonal sections, resembling a type of green maize. The fruit is then left to ripen off the plant (I usually put it in the fruit bowl). The fruit ripens from tip to base over a number of days. Once the hexagonals fall off, that part of the fruit is ready to consume. If the hexagonals are still stuck, it is not ripe, not edible and will irritate your mouth and throat. This is caused by oxalic acid fibres that only soften when fruit is ripe. But when ripe, DELICIOSA!!! This means you get to enjoy a little of the fruit every day as it ripens.
Monstera Deliciosa is best grown in a shaded position with indirect light. Adequate water should be provided in tune with rainforest conditions, meaning a ‘wet’ and a ‘dry’ season. Once established in the ground, these plants do not need much maintenance, but will benefit from some additional organic matter & mulching. Water well in summer, less in winter.
Excellent for ornamental uses in tropical gardens, and as house plants Australia wide. These plants are often seen in buildings & offices as indoor plant. This plant handles dry air well which makes it very suited to indoor positions, as long as leaves are regularly wiped, and fertiliser is applied in the warmer months.