Monstera Adansonii

Monstera Adansonii, a.k.a. the “Swiss cheese plant,” is a fun and quirky plant to add to your plant family. The Swiss Cheese Plant is famous for the holes in its leaves (technically called "leave fenestration"). In its natural habitat, this vining plant loves to grow along with rainforest trees and gets bigger the higher it climbs. Monstera Adansonii are pretty accessible and can be purchased at nursery and plant stores all throughout the U.S. You'll notice that Swiss Cheese Plants are smaller and more delicate compared to Monstera Deliciosas. 

plant overview  


Native to tropical forests of Central America (S. Mexico, South of Panama)

plant family


Other common names

Monstera adansonii is the official botanical name for this plant. Besides the iconic "Swiss cheese plant" name, Monstera adansonii are also called Adanson's monstera, Swiss cheese vine, and the Five holes plant.

other varieties

Monstera adansonii come in different shapes and sizes depending on where it's from. The different forms are: narrow form, narrow form, and variegated form (pretty rare).


In general, there are over 100 classified Monstera varieties. Some popular monstera types include Monstera Deliciosa, Monstera Borsigniana, Monstera Variegata, Monstera Pinnatipartita, Monstera Dubia, Monstera Siltepecana, Monstera Obliqua, and Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma or “Mini Monstera."


Despite its delicious name, this plant is mildly toxic to pets and humans if consumed. 

Some are known to bare fruit that cause allergies but are edible. But, this is extremely rare when growing this plant in water.

growing your MONSTERA ADANSONII in water

replacing water

For healthy plants, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.

Most tap water works great but distilled or filtered waters are recommended if available. 


We recommend feeding 2 drops of liquid nutrients to your monstera every month.

It may be helpful to add an additional drop when you see your monstera shooting a new leaf because it will support the plant's growth! 


Monsteras love bright indirect light. Find your sunniest room and place your monstera across from the windows and it's sure to be happy and grow! 


Swiss cheese plants ideally prefer  temperatures from 65 - 75 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Monsteras prefer moderate to high humidity, but do will in most home settings regardless of humidity level. 

Leaf care & pruning

  • Cleaning the leaves will promote better light absorption for photosynthesis, simply use a damp towel or cloth and wipe them down
  • Yellowing or browned leaves can be removed at the base of the plant, immediately above the node using a sharp, sterile knife. It is recommended to leave 1 to 2 leaves though a single node will often shoot off new leaves on its own. 

propagation tips

When propagating a Monstera Adansonii in water, we've had success with the division method and submerging a node in water. The division method is just gently remove soil to break up the mother plant (original calathea planted in dirt) into two or more smaller parts, where both the crown and roots are left in tact. Some roots are more acclimated to growing in soil than water. If you're propagating using the division method, we recommend cutting off the dirt roots off because the new root system comes in looking cleaner and less messy (overall, more aesthetically pleasing). But, it's totally optional if you decide to leave the roots on.

Then you have our favorite propagation method, which is submerging a node in water. You want to first cut right below a node, closest to the stem. A proper cutting would have about 2-4 leaves still attached. With the proper care and attention, you should see new growth in about 4-8 weeks!

Common issues & care info

Yellowing Or Browning Leaves

Identification: leaves discoloring to yellow then eventually brown and die. In some cases, the leaves may also begin to curl.

Cause: not enough exposure to sunlight, lack oxygen in the water, or the monstera has yet to show roots. There also could be nothing wrong with your plant, but simply the leaf's time to go.

How to treat: First, start by removing the dead or damaged leaves using a sterile knife or scissors. We recommend that you replace your plant's water, especially if it hasn't been changed within the last few weeks. One thing to keep in mind is that Monsteras love bright indirect light, so try also moving your plant a bit closer to a window or light source.  

Brown Spots, Papery Edges, Black Spots

Identification: Brown or black spots on leaves, leaves having papery edges

Cause: Overexposure to direct sunlight

How to treat: Begin with moving your Monstera out of direct contact with the sun. Try experimenting with different places around your home. We suggest areas close to bright indirect light sources, like across from a sunny window.