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July 30, 2021 5 min read
The monstera, orMonsteradeliciosa, belongs to the Araceae family and is native to the tropical regions of America. These plants may also be referred to as the Swiss Cheese plant, a name derived from the monstera’s most coveted feature, large green leaves withfenestrations, or holes. It is generally believed the functional purpose of these holes is to allow light to pass through to the plant’s lower leaves, or to other plants in the jungle! Caring for themonstera is shockingly quite simple, which is a large reason why plant parents all over the world rave about this monster(a) plant. This monstera growing guide will layout everything you need to know! Please note:This plant is mildly toxic to humans and toxic to both cats and dogs. Calcium oxalate is present in these plants in large enough quantities for them to be considered irritants. If leaves are ingested, symptoms such as oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing could occur. While not deadly, it is still recommended to avoid these plants if you have over curious pets.
Monstera plants come in a variety of sizes and colors. This is a beautiful Variegated Monstera Albo leaf from our office!
Here is a monstera from@Brina Blum in a terracotta pot.
Here is a monstera fromKara Eads in a ceramic pot.
Here’s a variegated monstera albo in a plastic planter. Photo fromSeverin Candrian
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