MOVE over fiddle leaf fig, there’s a new favourite houseplant in town and its name is monstera deliciosa (aka Swiss cheese plant).
Dubbed ‘the plant of 2018’, it’s quickly winning people over with its hardy, attractive and low-maintenance appeal.
Robert King fromBar Botanik on Fitzgerald Street shares his knowledge and passion for the desired houseplant.
Why is the monstera deliciosa the plant of 2018?
Monstera deliciosa and its close relative monstera adansonii are the standout plants for Bar Botanik for 2018 as they make an easy-to-care- for houseplant in WA. Both have climbing, trailing habits but can be trained to be an upright plant with support – this is especially true of the monstera deliciosa, while the monstera adansonii is an excellent choice for a hanging or cascading plant.
Why is it a personal favourite for you?
The monsteras are special to me as they bring back memories of gardens in years gone by and have one of the most structured and striking leaves (think Instagram). They are also a hardy and adaptable houseplant. Of all the plants in my home, the monstera deliciosa has the most noticeable, and therefore most anticipated, opening of each new leaf. This occurs gradually over one to two weeks.
Has the fiddle leaf fig been knocked off its perch?
It is still a popular plant and is also in the running to be our best seller for 2018. I wouldn’t say it has been knocked off its perch just yet.
What other plants will become big hits this year?
– The strelitzia nicolai, devils ivy and rubber plant
Five tips on caring for the houseplant
– Give it moderate to good indirect light (can even take filtered morning sun)
– Water on a regular basis (once a week is usually sufficient in the home) but do not let it sit in water, and allow soil to almost dry out between waterings
– A moisture meter is a useful way to give a correct watering regime
– Stake the plant while young if you want an upright plant
– Limit artificial environments such as airconditioning and heating