Like clothing, fashion and trends apply also to the plant world.
As of 2018/19 the plant many people want to have in Swiss Cheese Plant or Monstera deliciosa. This is a large rambling plant capable of growing upwards of 30 meters outdoors, and as tall as any ceiling will stretch. Leaf perforation happens as the plant grows large so it may be several years before one enjoys what it’s commonly called.
An alternative is the Swiss Cheese Vine or Monstrea adansonii. As the name suggests it’s more vine-like in its growth pattern and almost all the leaves of M. adansonii beautifully perforate. It’s a pretty rare version of the common plant and something all plant collectors must have.
I’ve found it’s most striking grown against a light coloured wall. As the leaves grow out it pulls the view of the wall behind making a stunning display.
As far as care instructions. it’s basically the same as M. deliciosa. They like having a bit of dry between waterings, so if in doubt (unless your plant is seriously wilting) don’t water!
Swiss Cheese Vine
Latin name: Monstrea adansonii
Pot: Hanging, pot with totem
Water: dryer is better than wetter
Lighting: Indirect, shade, can actually tolerate full sun over time
Planting medium: 1 part good quality potting mix
Once every 6 months with Dynamic Lifter pellets (teaspoon)
Seasol (seaweed extract) once ever 2 months
Thrive high Nitrogen liquid fertiliser once every 3-4 months
Reproduction: stem cuttings