The Monstera plant (or Swiss Cheese plant) has become a common household tropical plant adorning spaces with its wonderfully large and unique foliage. We love this hybrid variety with perforated holes in the glossy leaves. In your house they’re guaranteed to be unlike any other foliage heavy plants you own. Monsteras needs lots of space when mature, so as it begins to outgrow its pot, move it to a statement-making spot in the living room, rather than in a tight corner or on a windowsill. If it gets too big for your liking, you can always trim off one of the largest leaf or two and display them in a vase. In the wild these grow in tropical rainforest in crevices between trees and the gaps in the leaves allow for light to reach its lower foliage. They make an interesting hanging basket or can be grown on a totem pole or other support. Light and Water It’s not hard to take care of and is tolerant of surprisingly low light. Avoid direct sunlight and place anywhere from low light to bright indirect light. Find a balance between sun and shade where possible. If Monstera is given too much sun, the leaves will yellow. If it’s left in the dark, the plant will exhibit something called negative phototropism, where new leaves grow towards the dark, rather than the light. In the jungle, this would signal to the plant the presence of a large tree which it will grow toward in an attempt to climb it. As with all plants from the tropics, Keep in a fairly humid environment either with regular misting or a pebble tray. Water your Monstera moderately and evenly, about once a week. Wait until the soil is fairly dry before watering again.