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All About Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’

Posted on December 12 2022

Monstera adansonii, also known as the ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’, is an easy-to-grow houseplant with show stopping foliage. Each leaf is full of natural oval-shaped holes called fenestration that earn the plant its nickname. ‘Swiss Cheese Vines’ loves to climb, and when provided a moss pole, will reward you with larger leaves. Alternately, this vine makes a lovely hanging plant as without support, the vines will cascade down the sides of the pot.

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Swiss Cheese Vine
    • About the Family: The Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ is a member of the Araceae family, so it is a relative of both philodendron and pothos plants.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Araceae (Family), Monstera (Genus), Monstera deliciosa (Species)
    • Hometown: Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ is native to the jungles of Central and South America.

    How to Care for Your Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’:

    • Watering: All soil to slightly dry out in between waterings.
    • Humidity: This plant enjoys being misted during the growing season.
    • Soil: Well-draining, peat-based soil
    • Fertilizer: Fertilize every few weeks during the growing season.
    • Environment: Keep your Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ in bright, indirect light.
    • Propagation: Use clean scissors to cut about a 1/4 inch above a node where the leaf attaches to the vine.
    • Toxicity: Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ are toxic to dogs and cats.

    The Best Unboxing Practices:

    Properly caring for your newly unboxed Monstera deliciosa ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
    • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ until it exhibits the proper signs.
    • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
    • Lighting: Place your plant in filtered,  indirect light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ to your desired location in bright indirect light that fits its care needs afterward.

    What You’re Getting:

    • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

    What Makes Us Special:

    • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
    • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
    • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
    • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
    • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’, reach out to us at support@exoticforest.com or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
    • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at support@exoticforest.com with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ and possible resolutions.
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    FAQ about Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’:

    • Does Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ grow fast? Yes, Swiss Cheese Vines grow quickly when properly cared for during the growing season. It’s been shown that Monstera adansonii grow quicker when given a moss post to grow on.
    • Can Monstera adansonii ‘Swiss Cheese Vine’ live in low light? Monstera adansonii can live in low to bright indirect light.
    • Why is my Swiss Cheese Vine sweating? It is normal for your Monstera adansonii to sweat, as that means the plant is undergoing guttation. This means your Monstera is getting rid of excess water and minerals to retain a healthy internal environment. Although you may have been alarmed when you first saw these water droplets, there isn't anything to worry about.
    • Can Monstera Adansonii live in water? While you can propagate your Swiss Cheese Vine in water, it won't thrive in water permanently. That doesn't mean you can't keep a Monstera adansonii in water if you follow some plant care guidelines, but your Monstera won't grow to its full potential in a watery home.

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