Name of Plant: Monstera
Type of Plant: Beautiful/Useful!
1) Plant History & General Information:
a) Scientific & Other Names: Monstera Deleciosa; Swiss Cheese Plant
b) Region of Origin: Native to tropical regions of the Americas
c) General History: During the 19th Century, Monstera deliciosa was grown for both its ornamental foliage and its fruit. Under glasshouse conditions, the arum-like flowers develop into white, banana-shaped fruits called cerimans, which taste like a cross between pineapples and bananas.The dramatic leaf form gives the plant all its common names including “Hurricane plant”, which arises from its ability to withstand tropical storms.
2) Plant Uses:
a) As Food: The ripe fruit of Monstera taste like a combination of banana, pineapple, and mango! The fruit takes a little longer than a year to mature to an edible stage. Generally, when a person or animal chews on the leaves, the poisoning causes painful blistering, loss of voice, hoarseness, and irritation of the mouth and throat.
WARNING: All parts of Monstera deliciosa are poisonous except the ripe fruits. However, the unripe fruit if eaten causes irritation to the mouth and throat because the plant contains oxalic acid. In Europe Monstera has been used to flavor champagne.
b) As Medicine: Different counties have developed different medicinal uses for the plant. The Chinese use it for infections, fever, and coughs, while in Bolivia it is used to cauterize wounds and for leg plain. In the tropical areas of Antilles, it is used to treat snake bites.
c) Other Uses: Usually kept as a houseplant.
3) Growing Instructions
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c) Sunlight Requirements: Full/Partial Sunlight.
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e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating
- You have the option of rooting them in water first or simply sticking them straight into the soil.
- Cuttings should be taken just after a leaf node, removing the bottom-most leaves
- Stick in the ground, add composted soil, tamp so it stands up,
- Water thoroughly
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g) Difficulties with this plant: Direct sun and fluctuations in temperature will cause the leaves to “sunburn” and die back. Over-watering will cause leaves to yellow and the stems to rot. Under-watering will cause leaves to turn brown.
h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: There are over 50 different species of Monstera plants, Hedonisia only host of a couple.
i) Location on Property: Garden E