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

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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#1 Comment By Nikki On 04/19/2011 @ 11:04 am

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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