Monstera goes into fruiting mode

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Monstera goes into fruiting mode

     It is always exciting when something a bit unusual happens and I have been waiting to see if one of the two large  Monsteras (Swiss -cheese plants) that are in the house plant room was indeed about to flower.   After an anxious wait  I am delighted that not only one but both of them are producing flowers and the edible fruits are developing very nicely.

     Many years ago, on a family holiday to Madeira, we were given a piece of Monstera fruit to try at one of the botanical gardens.  As I recall it tasted a bit like pineapple.

    Monsteras aren’t renowned for flowering as they are generally purchased for the house which is not an ideal environment for encouraging fruit production.  But if you have a large conservatory or greenhouse then yes it is possible to grow a specimen under suitable conditions.

    In their natural habitat Monsteras need other trees up which to scramble.  That is the purpose of those long aerial  roots which dangle from the stems.  The plants use these to anchor themselves to trunks and branches.  Plants grown indoors need to keep as many of these aerial roots as possible to allow them to reach a decent height.  This means pushing the roots into the compost as they grow rather than cutting too many off as we tend to do with plants in our rooms.  It is quite acceptable to remove some of the roots if the plants are grown purely for decorative purposes as they can look a bit ugly stood in the corner of the lounge!

     If you have suitable greenhouse space and like a challenge then a Monstera might be one for consideration.  I wouldn’t consider fruit production from these plants being a lucrative business opportunity but it is quite satisfying  when the unusual happens.