Garden Goods Direct: Monstera deliciosa (Split Leaf Philodendron)

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Monstera deliciosa (Split Leaf Philodendron): $59.95

The Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera Deliciosa) has been one of the most sought-after houseplants for years. It is an eye-catching house plant with large, heart-shaped split leaves that can reach more than a foot long and wide. These show-stopping indoor plants make for a gorgeous statement piece in any space, as their large green leaves easily draw one's attention and bring a naturalistic and tropical vibe wherever they are placed.

These stunning tropical plants can reach heights up to ten feet tall when grown in ideal conditions indoors. When grown in nature, the Split Leaf plant can reach outrageous heights beyond 60 feet tall. Additionally, mature plants in tropical atmospheres produce unique edible fruits referred to as Mexican breadfruit.

Native to tropical regions of Central America, the Monstera Deliciosa enjoys atmospheres of high humidity and prefers bright indirect light. Additional care tips for these monstrous beauties include planting in a well-draining, airy potting mix and allowing your plant's soil to dry in between waterings. It is also highly recommended that you plant your Monstera in a pot with drainage holes to protect the root ball from root rot.

These funky plants are also nicknamed the swiss cheese plant for the unique holes in their foliage. The plant's leaves begin as full heart shapes, and as the plant matures the leaves develop holes and splits that are called fenestrations. It is theorized they do so to maximize sun fleck capture on the forest floor by increasing the spread of the leaf while decreasing the mass of leaf cells they must support.

Because these plants are aroids, they grow aerial roots that allow them to absorb more nutrients while anchoring into trees to climb. For optimal growth, try securing your Monstera plant to a coconut coir moss pole for support.

It is important to note that the Monstera plant family is not pet friendly. Mildly toxic to humans, and toxic to both dogs and cats, we recommend you keep your Monstera out of reach of animals and children.

If you fell in love with the Swiss Cheese Plant, be sure to check out its sister–the Swiss Cheese Vine! Botanically referred to as Monstera adansonii, this tropical plant is like a Deliciosa Monstera shrunk down and vining.

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