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Q.Pruning Roots of Monstera Deliciosa (AKA: Swiss Cheese Plant)

Anonymous added on April 18, 2011 | Answered

Can I cut off some or all of the arial roots on a large outdoor Monstera deliciosa (AKA Swiss Cheese or Mexican Breadfruit) plant without hurting it? It’s growing in Galveston County, Texas near the bay. I see plants at commercial/retail settings all over the area here w/no roots, but they have been kept that way from the start. Will removing mine now cause the plant to go into shock? They have become an unsightly tangled mess.

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Answered on April 19, 2011

It is not recommended that you remove the aerial roots. If you prune them, you can open the plant up to disease. If possible, give them something to cling to, like a moss covered pole. This will keep them controlled and less unsightly.

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