This is the story of my Monstera Deliciosa. I received this very sad plant at the end of April 2013. There was a lot of dead stalks, leaves and it was just in very sad shape.
The plant was given an extreme trim. And the cuttings were put in a glass pitcher to root.
These cuttings spent maybe 2 months in water to see if they would root. Some of the cuttings just rotted instead of rooting, and the ones that were left did not have much to show for it, as far as roots go.
I had gotten a reasonable large plastic pot to plant these in. A small trellis was provided for some stability as this plant becomes more of a vine.
But the pot was so empty. So I planted some Morning Glories to climb the trellis and hopefully flower. They are just now coming to flower.
I also planted some scarlet zinnia. The hope was that these would come to flower this fall. Granted I am in California, so the likelihood that I will get flowers before it gets too cold, is great.
The original cuttings from the monstera deliciosa have started to grow. The leaves are not very big yet, but I am excited that they are growing. When the morning glories die back I will pull them so the baby monster can have more room.
The morning glory is a vine that is seen just about everywhere. They are a perennial in warm climates , and an annual where they are killed back with frost. They are also very good at re-seeding themselves. They enjoy full sun, and are happy with dryer soil, and generally ‘bad’ soil. Continue reading
Ok so it is called a Monstera deliciosa. It is used commonly as a house and office plant. It has the potential to be HUGE. They are a native to tropical forests in Southern Mexico to Colombia. Frequently I have seen this plant, or a relative in the rain forest exhibits at museums and zoos. Continue reading