Top Questions About Swiss Cheese Plants

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Questions About Swiss Cheese Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 19, 2010

Q. Aerial Roots on Cheese Plants

I have inherited a Swiss cheese plant which needs some TLC. It is about 10 feet high. First, it needs cutting back (which I think I know how to do). Second, it has loads of aerial roots which make it look untidy. Can I cut these back as well?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 19, 2010
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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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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 26, 2010

Q. Repotting Swiss Cheese Plant

I have swiss cheese plant approx 8ft high. I want to repot it. Its currently in a pot 14 inches diameter/13 inches high and looks very healthy. Is this pot big enough or go up another size? I don’t intend to let this plant get much bigger.

Answered by
Heather on
November 27, 2010
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Swiss cheese plants are fond of being a bit root bound. If it is looking healthy, and you do not intend to let it get much bigger, I would leave it in the pot it is in.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 24, 2010

Q. Cheese Plant Repotting

I have a cheese plant, approximately 3 years old. I’m pretty sure it needs repotting as one of the leaves is starting to turn yellow at the edges, but otherwise looks healthy. What time of year is best to replant it? Should I do it when it’s starting to grow again in the spring or in the summer when it’s been growing for a while?

Answered by
Heather on
December 26, 2010
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With almost all houseplants, it is best to repot while they are dormant in the fall and winter. They are less susceptible to transplant shock if they are repotted when not actively growing.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 18, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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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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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 18, 2011

Q. Baby Swiss Cheese Plant

I noticed one morning, to my surprise, my cheese plant had another baby one growing by the side of it. It’s about 4 inches now and has two leaves.  I was wondering if it is a good idea to separate it and plant it on its own.  I had not heard about a new plant just growing without taking a cutting first.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 19, 2011
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The baby plant is called a pup. I would leave it attached until it has 4 leaves. Then you can remove it. Just make sure it has some roots attached to it when you remove it from the mother plant.

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Asked by
ameliammartin on
May 27, 2011

Q. Why Are My Swiss Cheese Plant’s Leaves Turning Brown on the Edges?

I have had this plant for a while and the leaves have always turned brown. I can never seem to get this plant to grow and flourish. I’ve been cutting it back for more than a year now waiting for it to grow in nice and healthy and not so stringy, but it continues to turn brown on the leaves and never seems to fill in. Any ideas?

Answered by
Heather on
June 1, 2011
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There are a few things that can cause this. This article will help you pinpoint what may be causing the problem:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/what-causes-brown-edges-on-leaves-of-plant.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 31, 2011

Q. Roots or Suckers on Cheese Plant

We have a cheese plant and long roots, or suckers, are growing next to the leaves. Do I cut them?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 31, 2011
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