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Monstera deliciosa 'Variegata' (v)
  • RHS AGM

variegated Swiss cheese plant

A vigorous evergreen climber to 3m or more, with large, pinnatisect or perforated, rich green leaves marbled and splashed with creamy-white

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Green White
Summer Green White Cream
Autumn Green White
Winter Green White
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Araceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort, skin and eye irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Monstera are evergreen climbing shrubs with aerial roots, and usually ovate leaves which are often pinnately cut or lobed; arum-like flowerheads with white spathes arise from the leaf axils on mature plants

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass grow in a loam-based potting compost in bright indirect light with moderate to high humidity. Water when in growth and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth. May be grown outdoors in most moderately fertile, humus-rich soils in partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 18 to 24°C as soon as ripe or layer in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 11 in spring

Pests

Scale insects and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free

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