Monstera deliciosa (0661)
Monstera deliciosa is a species of flowering plant native to tropical rainforests of southern Mexico, south to Panama.
Monstera, the Hurricane or Swiss Cheese Plant are all names for an old fashioned but true favorite for many. It is a climbing plant, easily recognizable to its large cut leaves that make it a popular plant. Younger specimens will have full leaves; the cuts begin to appear as the plant gets older, when the conditions are right.
The plant produces long, brown aerial roots it uses in the wild to get a hold on the trees on which it grows in jungles, thus supporting its weak stem that is unable to support its own weight once the plant has more than two or three leaves. In a wet enough atmosphere, the plant will readily attach itself to anything it finds; in a normal apartment atmosphere however, it will not, and will have to be manually fixed.
Monstera deliciosa is a great, reliable house plant which purifying the air and is very easy to care for: Keep it out of direct sunlight, ideally it likes a bright spot, and mist the leaves, particularly if the room is warm and dry. Also the leaves will appreciate being given a wash sometimes to keep them clean and dust free. This plant likes a well drained moist soil but not a waterlogged soil, so in the winter feel the soil before you water it.
Please note that the photo is indicative, each plant has different shape and size.