Monstera adansonii, Swiss Cheese Plant

pecies Name:Monstera adansonii 

Common name(s): Swiss Cheese Vine, Adanson's monstera

Defining Characteristics: 

  • An epiphytic climbing vine, stems tightly grab onto trees or other vertical surfaces

  • Grown in popularity in recent years because of its unique perforations in the leaves 

  • Hardy plant that grows well indoors 



Recommended Pot Size: Medium - Large 

Josh’s Frogs offers a wide variety of glass terrariums, container garden soils, drainage layers, and other supplies for all of your indoor gardening needs.

 

Temperature requirement: Above 65°F

Humidity: Dry (0-30%)  Moderate (30-70%)   Humid (70-100%)

Watering frequency: Regular watering. Water once the top inch of soil is dry. 

Lighting:  Full Shade    Partial Shade     Full Sun 

Soil type: Well draining potting soil or a prepared soil mixture such as Josh's Frogs Potting Soil mix offeredHere. 

Growth rate: Moderate - Fast  

Height: Vines can trail up to 10’ 

Origin: Central America; Lower regions of Mexico through most of Central America and parts of Colombia and Venezuela

Regional locality: Found in tropical rainforest growing up trees

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9b-12

 

Suggested Vivarium/ Animal Terrarium Use:

 

Aquatic 

Temperate 

  • Frogs & Toads 
  • Lizards & turtles  
  • Aquatic Set-ups 
  • Frogs & Toads 
  • Lizards & turtles 
  • Snakes 
  • Geckos 
  • Temperate Vivariums 

Tropical

Desert 

  • Frogs & Toads ✔
  • Lizards & turtles 
  • Snakes ✔
  • Geckos 
  • Mantis
  • Tropical Vivariums ✔
  • Toads 
  • Lizards and tortoises 
  • Geckos 
  • Desert Vivariums

Care Notes: Grows well in a hanging basket where it will drape over the sides of its pot. This plant will require sturdy support such as a moss pole or gardening stake if you want it to climb. 

 *Monstera adansonii, Swiss Cheese Plants, are mildly toxic to both humans and pets as all parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystals. We deem this plant safe for use with the above animals, but the more risk-averse may wish to avoid it

For more information please visits the ASPCA list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants

 

 Shipping Notes: 

As a good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants may vary in color, size, and appearance.

 ALL PLANTS ARE SHIPPED IN POTS WITH SOIL OR OTHER MEDIA UNLESS IT IS DEEMED NECESSARY TO SHIP BARE ROOT

 The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.