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Monstera deliciosa, Philodendron pertusum, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Ceriman

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Family: Araceae
Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Ceriman
vine or creepersmall shrub 2-5 ftfull sunshadesemi-shademoderate waterornamental foliageedibleincuded in CD catalog

A jungle climbing relative of the philodendron from Mexico and Guatemala. It is seen in gardens in tropical and subtropical areas, growing well in partial sun or shade. The plant begins bearing after three years. Popular as a houseplant, it seldom fruits in the home. The large pinnate leaves are perforated with oblong or oval holes, hence one common name. The 9", dull, deep green, cone-like fruit is actually an unripened flower spike, covered with hexagonal scales that dry out and separate as the fruit ripens from the base upwards, revealing the white pulp. It takes a little longer than a year to mature to an edible stage. Unripe fruit, if eaten causes irritation to the mouth and throat because of the oxalic acid. It can be induced to ripen by picking when the base has started to wrinkle and wrapping in a bag for a few days. When unwrapped, the scales should have separated. Another interesting characteristic of this plant is that the seedlings, upon germination, will grow in the direction of the darkest area (not just merely away from light) until they encounter the base of a tree to grow on. They will then begin to climb toward the light which is generally up into the canopy of the tree upon which it is growing. Propagated by cuttings of mature wood or air layering.


 Monstera deliciosa, Philodendron pertusum, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Ceriman

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Monstera deliciosa, Philodendron pertusum, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Ceriman

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Monstera deliciosa variegata
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Monstera deliciosa variegata
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Monstera deliciosa, Philodendron pertusum, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Ceriman

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Monstera deliciosa, Philodendron pertusum, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Ceriman

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Monstera deliciosa ripen fruit
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Monstera deliciosa variegata
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Swiss cheese plant. A jungle climbing relative of the philodendron from Mexico and Guatemala. It is seen in gardens in tropical and subtropical areas, growing well in partial sun or shade. The plant begins bearing after three years. The large deep green, cone-like fruit is actually an unripened flower spike, covered with hexagonal scales that dry out and separate as the fruit ripens from the base upwards, revealing the white pulp. It takes a little longer than a year to mature to an edible stage.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in 3 gal pot

3 Plants in stock

$29.95

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