The Swiss cheese vine, otherwise known as Monstera adansonii, is trending big time right now, and it’s no surprise why! It’s got all the appeal of the ultra-stylish Monstera deliciosa with its trademark Swiss cheese leaves, but with the added beauty of a vining plant that climbs up whatever structure it’s growing near. You can train your Swiss cheese vine to grow up along fixtures like shelves or mirrors, creating an effortlessly cool visual accent for your home decor.
Want to bring one of these stunners home to liven up your living space? Learn the basics of Swiss cheese vine care, so you can help this tropical beauty grow the healthiest, shiniest green vines possible!
What Kind of Light Does a Swiss Cheese Vine Need?
The first thing to consider when you’re learning how to care for your Swiss cheese vine is light. The ideal lighting for a Swiss cheese vine is bright, indirect light. A few feet away from a sunny window, away from any direct beams of light, will be perfect. Too much sun can actually scorch the leaves. Remember, it’s a plant that hails from tropical rainforests, so it’s accustomed to being underneath a canopy of leaves and growing up the trunks of trees. Low light conditions won’t hurt your plant as much as bright, direct light—it will just result in slower growth.
Watering Swiss Cheese Vines
Monstera adansonii prefers consistently moist soil, but you need to be sure it isn’t collecting in the bottom and going stagnant, or this could result in root rot. Water deeply and consistently, but don’t overdo it! If you’re having trouble finding your groove with watering, this simple test should help: place your finger in the soil up to the first knuckle, and if it’s dry, it’s time to water again. Once per month, during the growing season, add a liquid fertilizer to the water, diluted at half-strength. Swiss cheese vines need nutrient-rich soil, and fertilizer will help keep your plants well-fed.
One of the trickier parts of Swiss cheese vine care is maintaining good humidity levels. If you’ve got dry air in your home, it won’t be the most comfortable environment, so you’ll have to supplement this moisture in crafty ways. Don’t worry, there are several simple methods to provide humidity! You just need to be consistent about it so your Swiss cheese vine doesn’t get dehydrated.
Ways To Boost Humidity for Swiss Cheese Vines:
- Place the pot on a shallow tray of pebbles filled with an inch of water.
- Spritz the plant regularly with a fine mister.
- Bring the plant into the bathroom occasionally and place it on the counter while you shower.
- Place it close to your other plants.
- Use a plug-in humidifier or a smaller, battery-powered portable humidifier.
Why Is My Swiss Cheese Vine Turning Brown?
In most cases, if your Swiss cheese vine is getting brown, crispy leaves, it probably doesn’t care for how much sun it’s getting. Move it a little farther away from the window and see if that helps. Clip off any dead leaves with sanitized shears to encourage the plant to direct its energy towards new growth.
If too much sun isn’t the culprit, then improper watering may be to blame. If you’re overwatering it, water less and wait a bit longer before topping up, or use a pot with drainage holes and water it over the sink to avoid moisture buildup. If you suspect you may be under-watering, give your Swiss cheese vine a more thorough soak without completely flooding the pot.
Potting, Pruning, and Propagating
Replacing the soil every couple of years is recommended to avoid any nutrient deficiencies and ensure your plant remains healthy over the long term. Swiss cheese vines don’t like being root-bound, so if their roots are swirling in a big mass and filling the whole container, it’s time to repot. Be very gentle when removing your plant, and carefully loosen the root ball to encourage the roots to spread in their new home.
Since these climbers can grow up to eight feet long, the vines may get a little unruly and need to get cut back. Always use clean, sanitized bypass clippers to prevent the spread of illness and minimize stress on your plant. Cuttings can be placed in a cup of water, and when roots appear, they can be planted in a new pot of soil to grow into a full-sized plant!
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