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monstera

Genus of 22 species of evergreen, often epiphytic root climbers found in rain-forest in tropical Notrh, Central and South America. Monstera deliciosa has been a favourite for many years. Large adult leaves are perforated and deeply cut. Sturdy support is essential, and stems can reach a height of 20 ft or more. You must care for the aerial roots - push them into the compost or use a moss stick. The plant stops growing in deep shade. The Monsteras are easy to grow. The white flowers are only likely to appear on conservatory or greenhouse plants. The fruits of Monstera deliciosa taste of pineapple when fully ripe. Other parts may cause mild stomach upset if ingested, and contact with the sap may irritate skin.

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