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Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad) Plant

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With its large, glossy green leaves, Monstera Deliciosa is the perfect exotic plant for shady spaces. Aptly dubbed the 'Fruit Salad Plant', this tropical also produces exquisite fruit that are nowhere to be found in the shops. You'll have to grow one to experience this taste sensation!

What is Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad Plant, Swiss Cheese Plant)?

Originally from the rainforests of Mexico and Central America, Monstera looks stunning in a tropical garden and has also become popular as a houseplant.  This tropical evergreen has large glossy heart-shaped leaves with 'swiss cheese-like perforations in them.  It is sometimes called the 'Fruit Salad' plant because the fruit have a delicious fruity aroma, and they taste like a combination of tropical fruit.  Mature plants in warmer areas produce cream flowers that ripen over 12 months to produce sweet-smelling cones of edible fruit.  (Plants grown indoors rarely fruit.)

Growing this plant outside is not for the faint hearted.   Fruit Salad Plant is an epiphyte grows up trees, attaching itself with aerial roots as it seeks the sunlight above.  In the wild it can reach dizzying heights of between 3 and 10 metres tall. This is one plant that isn't suitable for a small garden, but can be grown in a medium-sized space or as an indoor pot plant if pruned judiciously to control the size.  

Culinary Uses for Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad Plant, Swiss Cheese Plant)

If you are lucky enough to experience the fruit from a Fruit Salad Plant, you will experience a flavour bomb that tastes a little bit like a tropical fruit salad.  Some people say that it tastes like a mix of banana, pineapple and strawberry, while others say it has hints of mango, guava and passionfruit too. Remove the skin before eating.  Scoop the delicious centre onto a spoon and eat it raw, or serve it over ice cream, yoghurt or cereal.  This fruit would also be delicious in a smoothie.

Make sure the fruit is ripe before eating, as unripe Monstera Deliciosa fruit can cause burning, itching and swelling in your throat.  You know the fruit is ripe when it turns yellow like a banana, and the scale starts to loosen off.

Growing Conditions - Monstera Deliciosa (Fruit Salad Plant, Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monstera Deliciosa prefers part shady - shady conditions outdoors, or indirect sun indoors.  They thrive in warm, humid conditions and moist, rich soil.  Fruit Salad Plants do best under the dappled shade of trees that they can climb up.  To maintain healthy plants, feed Monstera Deliciosa plants regularly between spring and late summer.  Water every now and then during summer, keeping the soil moist. (Avoid over-watering, as this can cause the leaves to yellow.)  Fruit Salad plants aren't frost hardy and do best when sheltered from wind.    Note that they are toxic to dogs and cats.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.