The Swiss cheese plant, Monstera deliciosa, has a number of common names, among them are taro vine, windowleaf, ceriman, and Mexican breadfruit.
This is a common sculptural foliage plant for indoors which originated in Mexico. It is a woody climber with large glossy green leaves that are leathery in texture. The plant also features long aerial roots when fully grown.
When young the leaves have no indentation, but later become pinnate and acquires holes, leading to the mane Swiss cheese plant.
This plant tolerates a wide spectrum of light but should be kept away from full sunlight, and it will tolerate temperatures down to 59° F.
Water regularly all year round. If the plant drys out it may get leaf burn. Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer every two weeks from spring to fall. Do not feed during the remainder of the year.
This plant will become a very large plant that will need space. The plant can be cut back in the spring and should be repotterd every second or third year in early spring.
If you’re disappointed because your potted plant doesn’t look is lush and attractive as do the plant in a florist shop, then you don’t know the trick that florists use to get that look. Florists do use a leaf shine product to polish the leaves on their potted plant to make them look as healthy and as attractive as possible.
There are many leaf shine products on the market and the best of those products, the one most used by florists on their plants is Chrysal leafshine.
Chrysal leafshine polishes your plants, as well as cut foliage, for a natural healthy look. It removes water spots and calcium deposits and even prevents dust from settling on the leaves. It is a quick drying, safe and easy to use spray which requires no wiping or rubbing.
To purchase Chrysal leafshine contact your local florist. If they do not currently have the product for sale; your local florist can get it from Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist Supply/Fresh Blooms.
Unfortunately, Delaware Valley does not sell directly to the general public; however, you can contact them at 800-676-1212 to learn where you can publicly purchase Chrysal leafshine. If memory should fail you when speaking to them just tell him you want the “good stuff” – I’ve ordered it that way from them before and that also goes to prove how fantastic this leaf shine spray actually is.
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