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Monstera adansonii, commonly known as Swiss cheese vine or Swiss cheese plant, is a popular and striking houseplant known for its unique leaf fenestrations (natural holes and cuts in the leaves). Here are some care tips to help you grow and maintain a healthy Monstera adansonii:

1. **Light**: Monstera adansonii thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate lower light conditions but may not grow as vigorously or produce as many fenestrated leaves. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

2. **Watering**: Allow the top inch or so of the soil to dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch, but avoid letting the soil become completely dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure the pot has good drainage.

3. **Humidity**: Monstera adansonii prefers higher humidity levels. Mist the leaves occasionally or place the pot on a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles to increase humidity. Regular misting can also help prevent spider mites, which can be a common pest for this plant.

4. **Temperature**: It prefers temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but avoid sudden temperature drops or drafts, which can stress the plant.

5. **Soil**: Use a well-draining potting mix that retains some moisture but allows excess water to drain freely. A mix formulated for tropical plants or aroid plants is suitable.

6. **Fertilizing**: Feed your Monstera adansonii every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Reduce feeding or stop altogether during the fall and winter months when growth slows down.

7. **Support**: Monstera adansonii is a vining plant that benefits from support such as a moss pole, trellis, or other structures. This encourages upward growth and can prevent the plant from becoming leggy.

8. **Pruning**: Trim back any leggy growth to promote bushiness and maintain the desired shape. You can also prune to propagate new plants from stem cuttings.

9. **Propagation**: Monstera adansonii can be propagated easily from stem cuttings. Take a cutting with at least one node (where leaves emerge) and place it in water or moist potting mix until roots develop.

10. **Pests**: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

By following these care tips, you can enjoy a thriving Monstera adansonii with its characteristic fenestrated leaves, making it a beautiful addition to your indoor plant collection.

Monstera adansonii 'Swiss cheese plant'

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