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Fruit Salad Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

One of the most recognized of all house plants, Monstera deliciosa or the fruit salad plant as it is often referred too, is a must have for all collectors. Boasting large fenestrated foliage (developing natural holes in the leaves), monstera is the perfect plant to fill a large empty corner or can be grouped together with other plants to create a literal indoor jungle. Plants grown outside will regularly produce fruit that is edible. Monstera are available in several variegated forms that will require a little bit more indirect light than the original dark green form.

Growing Conditions

Aspect Fruit salad plants prefer bright to medium indirect light inside or a patio outdoors.

Soil Use Seasol Indoor Potting Mix a premium potting mix especially formulated for indoor plants.

Growing Fruit salad plants look amazing all year round, but growth will slow during winter.

Fruit Salad Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

General care

Watering Fruit salad plants dislike overwatering, so allow pots to dry out between watering.

Potting: Keep in a plastic nursery pot and sit inside a decorative cover pot unless growing outside. Give a totem or something for this large climbing plant to cling to.

Feeding A liquid or granular fertiliser can be used. Apply granular PowerFeed Controlled Release Pots & Plants for Indoor & Outdoors once every season. It combines a premium mix of nutrients, seaweed, and microbes for all plants in pots. Supplement or apply a liquid fertiliser such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES Pots & Planters or PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives every 2 to 4 weeks from spring to autumn and less often in winter.

For a ready-to-use no mixing formula, apply PowerFeed Indoor & Potted Plants 1.25 Lt trigger spray to the soil. This easy-to-use liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner helps to improve your soil and feed your plants. Apply every 2 to 4 weeks during the growing season and monthly in winter if needed.

Watch for  Fruit salad plants are generally problem free and will only show signs of stress if kept too wet. Watering when potting mix is completely dry will avoid black patches on the leaves. Wiped leaves regularly to avoid dust build up. Apply EarthCare White Oil Insect spray to the leaves as a leaf shiner.

If they have limp or elongated foliage, try giving them more light. Monstera do not grow well in low light conditions. Consider growing two, one inside and one outside on the patio and rotate every 3-4 months.