Our unusually large specimen of Phildendron pertusum (Monstera deliciosa) Variegata, beter known as the variegated Swiss Cheese Plant, has leaves irregularly splashed with white, cream and greyish-green, many split and full of holes.
A member of the arum family, P. pertusum is an epiphyte with aerial roots. When growing in the wild, this vine climbs up trees, clinging to the bark with thick aerial roots that also help it to take up water and nutrients.
Native to tropical rainforests of southern Mexico to southern Colombia, in their natural setting, P. pertusum thrives in lightly shaded, humid conditions below the canopy of the tropical forest. (If positioned in a lighter position in the home, the stalks may grow longer and the leaves demonstrate fewer splits.)
This is a dramatic plant, ideal for a conservatory or large living space. It is particularly good for filtering the air as it removes toxins and releases oxygen. It requires a moss stick for support.
Pot Size: 32cm
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Common Names: Swiss Cheese Plant, Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Hurricane Plant, Split-Leaf, Window Leaf, Window Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Delicious Monster, Ceriman
Height x Spread: 3–5m x 2–3m
Position: Bright but avoiding direct sunlight. Normal room temperatures; avoid draughts.
Care: Maintain humidity. Water sparingly. Sponge leaves weekly. Apply standard liquid fertiliser every fortnight in spring. Top dress annually.
**The leaves of Philodrendon pertusumMonstera deliciosa plant are poisonous and can cause severe burning in the mouth if eaten; they can also cause skin irritation.**