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Caring for your Monstera Deliciosa: Pruning, Light, and Fertilization to Keep it Vibrant

Although Monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, is a beautiful addition to any room, it’s important to know how to care for it in order to keep it looking healthy and vibrant. Lighter greens in the leaves can indicate a nitrogen deficiency, and yellowing of the leaves can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency in manganese, zinc, or nitrogen. This can eventually lead to chlorosis, or a fading of the leaf’s vibrant green color. Learn how to provide proper care, so your Monstera can live up to its full potential and stay healthy.

Decorating the Cheese Board with Monstera Deliciosa and Other Fall Greenery

Monstera deliciosa, commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant, is a woody vine that originates in the tropical regions of North and South America. With its large, glossy dark green leaves, this plant can reach heights of up to 70 feet and adds an eye-catching touch to any room. Its unique foliage also earns it another name – cheese leaves.

It’s a great addition to any cheese board, providing an elegant and sophisticated look.In addition to Monstera deliciosa, there are several other fall greenery or herbs that can be used to decorate the cheese board. Eucalyptus leaves bring a touch of green and freshness to the board, while sage, rosemary and olive branches add an earthy aroma that complements the flavors of the cheeses. Fall leaves such as maple or oak can also be used for a more traditional look.

When it comes to storing cheese, it’s important to make sure that you wrap the cheese properly. Plastic wraps are not ideal as they trap moisture and can cause the cheese to go bad quickly. Parchment paper or wax paper is a better option as they allow the cheese to breathe and prevent additional humidity from forming. Wrapping your cheeses in parchment paper will help keep them fresh for longer periods of time.

Caring for Your Monstera Deliciosa Cheese Plant

Cheese plant leaves are a popular addition to cheese boards, but can you eat them? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The leaves, stems, and roots of Monstera deliciosa are not safe to eat. However, the plant does have one interesting feature – when grown in its natural habitat it can flower and produce an unusual spiky growth. Initially these flowers are inedible but over time they become a very rare and delicious fruit. Outside of its native habitat however this flower spike rarely produces fruit.

When it comes to caring for a cheese plant, they are quite low-maintenance. It’s important to provide them with the right amount of light and a bright spot out of direct sunshine is ideal. When it comes to watering, you should be careful not to overdo it as the soil should remain on the dry side.

It is also important to replant your Monstera every year in order to replenish its soil nutrients and to allow its roots to grow freely. The best time for repotting is in the spring when new leaves emerge. Be sure to choose a pot with drainage holes as monstera plants must drain fully after each watering.

What may come as a surprise however is that some rare varieties of cheese plants can be worth a lot of money. A variegated Monstera or Swiss cheese plant, such as the M. deliciosa shown above, can sell for up to $5000. A rare M. adansonii was sold for $700.

When it comes to pruning, it is best to save any major pruning for the spring and summer months if you remove dry or dead leaves all year round. If you want to cut excessive growth at the base of the Monstera, use sharp, clean shears.

Doing so will not only keep the plant looking neat and tidy, but it will also help to control its size. The good news is that even if you cut the plant down to size, it will grow back again in no time.

But what about the question of whether milk is good for cheese plant leaves? Cleaning plant leaves with a cloth or water doesn’t always work, chemicals can burn or otherwise damage leaves, and fats like milk, mayonnaise, or coconut oil can block a plant’s pores, which interfere with several of its physical functions. Therefore it is best to avoid using any of these substances on your cheese plants as they could potentially cause more harm than good.

When it comes to propagating your Monstera, you can choose to either propagate through stem cuttings or root a cheese plant leaf. While rooting a cheese plant leaf may be possible in some cases, it is much more difficult than propagating through stem cuttings. When using cuttings, you can either root them in water first or simply plant them directly into the ground. It is best to take cuttings just after a leaf node, removing the leaves at the bottom of the plant.

Tip pruning will keep your plant bushy if you start doing it earlier. If it’s too leggy, you can use the stem cutting method in water or a light soil mix and replant.

Finally, the most important factor when it comes to making your cheese plant leaves bigger is sunlight. Six hours of bright, indirect sunlight is a good guideline to follow, even though each Monstera is different. Too little sunlight can result in poor quality leaves, so make sure you give your plant the light it needs for optimal growth.

So, do cheese plants need big pots? The answer is no. Monstera likes being cramped in their pots and regardless of the pot size, they will grow huge. If you pot your monstera into a huge pot it won’t grow any faster or larger, most likely it will get root rot from all the excess wet soil, or it will direct more energy to root growth instead of growing leaves.

When it comes to overwatering, you should be aware of the signs. Soft, dark-brown spots that show up on the lower leaves first indicate over watering and root rot if your monstera’s stems are also getting dark and mushy. You need to act immediately to save your plant.

Enhancing Your Cheese Board with Herbs, Spices, Fruits, and Vegetables

In addition to Monstera deliciosa, there are several herbs and spices that can be used to add flavor to a cheese board. It’s possible to have Gouda with herbs like oregano, thyme, or Rosemary. Dill or oregano pair nicely with Monterey Jack cheese, as the strong cheese tastes great with these herbs. It is true that mozzarella works well with both basil and rosemary, but basil and mozzarella are one of the most iconic cheese and herb pairings in the world. Marjoram also goes well on a variety of cheeses such as feta or gorgonzola while sage is best paired with cheddar cheese.

In addition to herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables are also an essential part of any cheese board. Vegetables such as carrots, romanesco, broccoli, cauliflower, jicama, tomatoes, mini peppers, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, blanched green beans and endive leaves can be added to the board. When it comes to fruits for a cheese board there are many options available like strawberries grapes raspberries orange wedges figs cherries halved and pitted apricots pineapple mango kiwi or star fruit.

Causes and Treatment of Yellow Leaves on Cheese Plants

Unfortunately, even with the best care and attention, your cheese plant leaves can begin to turn yellow. Suzie Wolley, head of product at Serenata Flowers explains that this could be due to overwatering, inappropriate temperature conditions, low humidity levels or improper light. Fungal infections are also a common cause for yellowing leaves. It is important to identify the underlying issue and take steps to rectify it in order to maintain the health of your cheese plant.

When the leaf loses its chlorophyll, the plant abandons it and begins to absorb leftover nutrients from the leaf. This can lead to yellow leaves on your cheese plant, but unfortunately, once a leaf has lost its chlorophyll and turned yellow there is no way of making it turn back green again. However, in cases of nutrient deficiency, yellow leaves can sometimes turn green again with treatment.

Chlorosis is a condition in which the leaves of a plant turn yellow due to nutrient deficiencies, most commonly iron. It can affect the leaves, branch, or entire plant and may eventually lead to death if not treated properly. Most chlorosis cases are caused by nutrient deficiencies, including a lack of iron but also manganese, zinc, or nitrogen.

If you notice that the leaves closest to the central stem are turning yellow, you could be dealing with low magnesium or zinc. You can add a houseplant fertilization that has these nutrients on it’s label. Too little nitrogen could be the cause of this symptom.

Nitrogen is essential for the production of chlorophyll, which gives the leaves their green color. A lack of N means a lack of chlorophyll in plants, which causes them to turn yellow. Lighter greens show nitrogen deficiency at early stages. Eventually, a nitrogen deficiency causes leaves to become yellow, starting with older leaves that fade prematurely.


The monstera deliciosa or Swiss cheese plant is a beautiful and unique addition to any room. It has huge, glossy, dark green leaves and is native to the tropics of North and South America. It grows very tall and needs the right conditions to thrive. To keep it healthy, you need to provide it with the right amount of light, water, and soil nutrients. You should also wrap cheese and decorate the cheese board with herbs or greenery. Plants can flower, but they rarely produce fruits outside of their native habitat. Taking the right steps to care for a Monstera deliciosa will ensure that it stays healthy and beautiful.