As he grows, Wallace will become an amazing trailing vine. If you want to keep him compact, just trim him back. It won't harm him.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Monstera adansonii

Nickname

Monkey face plant; Monkey plant; Mini Swiss cheese plant

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height (including pot)

10-20cm; 20-30cm

Pet/Baby safe

Mildly toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

5.5cm; 15cm

About Monstera adansonii

Monstera adansonii is often confused with monstera obliqua. In fact, you’ll quite often see adanosonii advertised as obliqua. They’re not quite the same and if you see a monstera obliqua selling at a reasonable price, it’s all but certain it’s really an adansonii.

Monstera obliqua is incredibly rare, even in the wild, and would cost thousands to acquire. Its leaves are paper thin and skeletal, with more hole than leaf. Adansonii has slightly thicker, sturdier leaves. But don’t think of it as inferior to obliqua. It gives you all the pleasure of a monstera obliqua without the price tag or the need to find a shady black market dealer.

Monstera adansonii is a relative of the larger Swiss Cheese plant, or Chaz. It has the same irregular leaves. In the jungles of Central and South America, it lives in the shade of other trees. All those holes let light shine through to its lower leaves. As a house plant, all those holes just make it look really cool.

It's very easy to look after. Give it a medium level of light and moderate watering. In spring and summer, it will appreciate a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser.

Did you know?

Its common name comes from its apparent resemblance to a monkey’s face. We’re not sure the person who named it had ever seen a monkey.

Need a pot? Fits great in: