My Grandmother had a Monstera Deliciosa growing under the back stairs of her home.
The fruit was always a favorite of my Dad.
Those memories ensured they were amongst the first fruits planted here. Monstera has distinctive Swiss cheese-like leaves and seems to thrive in South East Queensland’s warm and humid climate.
Native to the rainforests of Mexico and Central America, the Monstera Deliciosa found its way to Queensland and has adapted easily to our conditions.
Planting can be done directly in the ground or in pots for those with limited garden space. When positioning the Monstera, consider its vining nature as it is a climber at heart. Providing a support structure allows the plant to create a vertical display that mirrors its rainforest origins.
Monstera Deliciosa thrives in consistently moist soil. Regular watering is essential, especially during the warmer months, but be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Allow the top layer of soil to dry out between watering sessions, finding a balance that copies the plant’s natural rainforest habitat.
We apply compost or chicken manure pellets during the growing season (spring and summer). This provides the Monstera with the nutrients it needs to develop its iconic perforated leaves and fabulous, unique fruit.
Pruning has both aesthetic and practical purposes. Trimming away yellow or damaged leaves not only improves the plant’s appearance but also redirects energy towards healthy growth. For those wanting to control the Monstera’s size or encourage bushier growth, strategic pruning is the key.
The Monstera fruit, resembles a corn cob adorned with hexagonal scales. It is a rare and fascinating sight. The fruit’s development typically takes several months, and patience is rewarded with a unique and desirable fruit.
Harvesting the Monstera fruit involves cutting it away from the plant using clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears. Be careful to avoid damaging the plant or the adjacent fruit. Once harvested, allow the fruit to ripen further at room temperature. The unique taste is a blend of pineapple, banana, and mango flavors.