Monstera Foliage

Common Names: Monstera, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Ceriman, Swiss-Cheese Plant

Botanical names: Monstera deliciosa, mon-STER-a or MON-ster-a de-lis-i-O-sa, om From the Latin “monstrum” (a marvel) or monster, possibly in reference to the shape of the leaves.

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: Chill sensitive, store above 55 degrees F.

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Large, broad leaves that can grow up to 2 feet long or more. The leaves are deeply lobed with distinct splits and holes, giving them a unique and striking appearance. As the leaves mature, they often develop more splits and fenestrations.

Color: Dark green

Botanical facts: Monstera is native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico and Central America.

Design notes: The large monstera leaves a suited for very large floral designs. The leaves add exotic tropical elegance and texture to an arrangement. Monstera is a perfect complement exotic flowers like orchids, birds of paradise, or proteas.

Purchasing hints: Look for leaves that appear fresh and are free from damage, discoloration, or signs of pest infestation.

Conditioning: Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Monstera fruits are edible which probably is related to its specific epithet name “delicosa” which means delicious.

Video Demonstration:

Tropical Flower Arrangement