I own a small but ever-growing collection of houseplants but the plant I keep coming back to is the Monstera Deliciosa (sometimes knows as the Swiss Cheese Plant). It was the first plant I ever purchased, from Plantology in Sheffield and I was hooked as soon as I clapped eyes on its glossy green heart-shaped foliage! At the time, my Monstera was just a baby and I have recently just watched my first split-leaf unfurl which made me so happy. I can’t tell you excited and proud I was that I, who had previously managed to kill every other plant I had ever tried to raise, now had a flourishing tribe of house plants!
There’s just something classic about this plant and the way it feels like it brings a bit of the jungle into the room. It’s so easy to care for too, although I probably mollycoddle mine a little more than it needs as I just enjoy keeping my eye on it and will happily spend a Saturday night cleaning down its leaves.
I love misting this plant first thing in the morning; it soothes my soul and I could do it all day. In a nutshell, I just love the joy that looking after my Monstera gives me and I think it’s a two way thing; I feel like it looks after me too. I would definitely recommend buying a houseplant to literally anyone, they fill our homes with lovely clean air and provides some much-needed green space for us to relax in and watch out plant-fam grow.
I am hoping to try and propagate a cutting from an older Monstera I own as I am fascinated by watching new roots form and I hope to be able to share this lovely plant with a close friend in the near future…wish me luck!