• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Monstera deliciosa 'Variegata' (v)

variegated Swiss cheese plant

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
variegated Swiss cheese plant

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  • Other common names variegated Swiss cheese plant

  • Family Araceae

  • 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

  • Details 'Variegata' is a vigorous evergreen climber to 3m or more, with large, pinnatisect or perforated, rich green leaves marbled and splashed with creamy-white

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Climbing

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H1B

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

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 Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants

How to care

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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