Thursday, April 19, 2012

what to do with a giant monstera

Monstera deliciosa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Monstera deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa is a creeping vine native to tropical rainforests of southern Mexico south to Colombia.[1]
Common names include Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant (or just Cheese Plant), Fruit Salad Plant, Monster fruit, Monsterio Delicio, Monstereo, Mexican Breadfruit, Monstera, split-leaf philodendron, Locust and Wild Honey, Windowleaf, Delicious Monster, Balazo and Penglai Banana[2].
This member of the Arum family is an epiphyte with aerial roots, able to grow up to 20 m (65 feet) high with large, leathery, glossy, heart-shaped leaves 25–90 cm (9 to 35 inches) long by 25–75 cm broad. Young plants have leaves that are smaller and entire with no lobes or holes, but soon produce lobed and holed leaves.[3]
Wild seedlings grow towards the darkest area they can find until they find a tree trunk, then start to grow up towards the light, creeping up the tree.[

I have adopted the biggest indoor Monstera I have ever seen. It used to sit in the front window of a physiotherapy practise down on Bank St. It is now in my house. How the hell did that happen???

My massage therapist and I were out for lunch one day. She has the same landlord as the plant guy (who funnily enough was my real estate agent!) and he was closing up shop. I mentioned that I would love to have that giant monstera (the dinosaur plant as she called it)  and that should the chance present itself, she should grab it for me! I should also mention that Greg had said at some point in time what a nice plant is was and wouldnt it be cool to have it. He apparently does not remember this!

Anyways I get an email one day from Anna; she got the plant for me! I'm like, wow that is super awesome but holy smokes that is one giant plant!! She sent me this picture:

How the hello am I supposed to get this thing home?? The volvo wagon ain't gonna do it. So Anna brings it to me in her van. She carried that thing down Bank st, down her stairs, then up her stairs, down Bank St again to her car, then up my laneway. She is all of 5'6" and this thing weighs a tonne.

Thanks Anna!!!

So now I have this plant in my house.


  1. it is huge. I really dont know what to do with it!! We're going to put it out in the mudroom for the summer but then.. I have to find it a home. Either in our house or in someone else's. We belong to a group called Plantcycle that is freecycling for plants and I know a few of those guys would give their left nut for this plant. I dont want to part with it though!!!

  2. You can cut it up and make several plants out of it. They can then all live in the same planter or go their seperate ways. Monsteras turn into cuttings very easily. You will find lots of info on the internet on how to do this