Move over bird of paradise, fiddle leaf figs, and Boston ferns; there’s a new plant in town. Native to Central America, the tropical monstera is famous for its holes, which is how its nickname “the Swiss cheese” plant came about. The plant features a bushy and wild shape, but you can find them in apartment-friendly sizes. The only issue is having enough light—this bright green species cannot survive without tons of it.
“It’s hard to go wrong with a monstera. The plant really gives any space instant jungle vibes and come in many sizes and variegations, which help them blend into their surroundings,” says Erin Marino, NYC houseplant shop The Sill’s communications director. “I love to display this plant in a white ceramic planter for the green and white contrast.”
To get every tip and trick on how to care for your monstera, The Sill’s Marino and resident plant expert Christopher Satch offer these suggestions for keeping it alive and well.