Developing Deliciosa Developing Delectable Beasts at Home

Do you want your interior to look like a real jungle? If so, you will have to grow Monstera deliciosa. This giant-leaved climbing plant can really brighten up your living room.

Indoor specimens often reach 4 to 5 feet tall. Those that grow in their original rainforest environments can often grow up to ten feet or more!

These plants themselves are inedible and are actually harmful. But they produce a fruit called monster fruit which is edible when ripe. However, do not bite unripe green fruits! These fruits are full of calcium oxalate crystals when they are immature and can irritate your throat!

You can’t go wrong with a scientific name that literally means “delicious monster”. This unusual plant will bring a lot of tropical color to your living space!

All about Monstera Deliciosa

There are countless common names for this plant. Fruit salad plant or fruit salad tree, Swiss cheese factory, Monstereo… there are just a bunch of different names. It is called the Mexican breadfruit because it can rarely produce a fruit. Another species, Monstera adansonii, is sometimes called Swiss cheese.

In the Southeastern United States, it is often called a hurricane plant. The ear-shaped green leaves of this plant can be wide, but they are filled with many naturally shaped holes. This also gives it the name of the Swiss cheese factory!

Native to Southern Mexico and as far south as Central and South America, it is definitely tropical. Its natural habitats are tropical forests and it is an epiphyte. Although it has soil-based roots, it also has roots along the stem. These aerial roots attack the bark of the trees and make them climb to the top.

All parts of the split-leaved Philodendron are harmful at some point. Leaves, stems, sap and even roots are never safe to eat. In the right habitat, the plant can bloom and produce an unusual thorny growth.

Although the inflorescence is also inedible at first, over time it matures into a very unusual and edible fruit. These rarely produce flowers outside their natural habitat. Greenhouse conditions can more accurately imitate their habitat.

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