Monstera Adansonii Care Guide

There are at least 40 varieties of plants grouped under the name Monstera and you'll want to have them all. From those giant beauties so popular in interior decoration that are known as Monstera Deliciosa or Adam's Rib, to the small Monstera Adansonii or Swiss Cheese Plant that we are dealing with today.

While they are related and have similar care and characteristics, they must be recognised as unique individuals, with their own particularities and preferences. Don't worry, you'll learn everything you need to know with this Monstera Adansonii care guide.

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unique and different: get to know Monstera Adansonii

Look at the leaves

The main difference between the monsteras is in the leaves. Monstera adansonii has heart-shaped leaves, which are more elongated and rounded. Holes are naturally formed on their surface, which is why it is known as the "Swiss cheese plant". In fact, the leaf is born without holes and they form as it grows. If the holes do not form, it may be a sign that it lacks water, light or warmth. Pay attention to it, which is the greatest sign of happiness.

It is smaller

The monstera adansonii is perfect for those who want to enjoy the lushness, beauty and exotic feel of the monstera but don't have the space for the popular Adam's rib. Indeed, this plant is slow growing and will remain contained in its pot and while it can get a little tall and lush, it will never reach pantagruelous dimensions like the Adam's Rib.

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It will want to go up and up

The Monstera Adansonii is also a climbing plant, it will develop aerial roots and will seek to climb. You can take advantage of this characteristic to place a guide or staking wand and help it to grow in the space and height that you consider appropriate. To propagate it you can make a cutting just after these climbing roots, put it in a small glass of water and let it develop roots before planting it in its new pot.

Needs a little more humidity

Adansonii is a rainforest plant, so it requires a high degree of humidity, especially compared to its larger cousin. You can spray it with a little water a couple of times a week. This will also help to remove dust that can accumulate on the leaves.

Care of Monstera adansonii


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With monstera adansonii you have to be very careful, because it needs a little more moisture it should be supplemented with a substrate that has efficient drainage. In addition, being a climbing plant, it requires an airy, loose substrate, in which there is good oxygen circulation. You can use a universal substrate, enriched with a little perlite. It is advisable to put pebbles or similar at the bottom, to facilitate drainage.


This is a plant that requires quite a lot of humidity, perhaps a little more than its direct cousins. The recommendation is to wait until it is 75% dry before watering again. To save yourself a lot of hassle, put your finger into the soil, up to the first knuckle. If you feel it is almost dry, add water. If the soil sticks to your finger, feels a bit wet and cold, it is better to wait a day or two. Avoid letting the substrate dry out too much between waterings, but never water the roots, as they are susceptible to root rot.

Temperature and humidity

This is a plant that grows in South American rainforests, protected from direct sunlight but with high levels of humidity and temperature. It should be in a warm environment, where temperatures never drop below 15°C. Some people place them in the bathroom or kitchen, where they can be watered frequently. Another trick is to put them with other plants so they can keep each other company and create their own humidity bubbles. still too dry? You can invest in a small humidifier for those dry seasons.


Native to Central American rainforests, they grow in the shelter of the tallest trees. For this reason it should avoid direct sunlight, although it likes places where it can receive a lot of indirect light. If you have it in a place where it gets direct sun for a little while in the morning, you shouldn't have a problem, but no more than that because it will burn.


You can use a balanced fertiliser during the summer and spring months, which are the growing months. Avoid fertilising in winter or if you have just repotted. Speaking of changing and moving, it is a slow grower so you can change pots once a year and if it gets tall, you can use stakes or sticks to guide its climbing branches.

Monstera Adansonii is a perfect houseplant, but be aware that it is moderately toxic to your pets, so we recommend placing it in a high place where they can't reach it. It is very resistant to almost any kind of pests and insects, so it is rare for them to get sick. As long as you take care of its humidity and light levels, it will continue to grow and thrive with its happy little niches.

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