Growth progress of a Swiss Cheese plant cutting in Melbourne, Australia
This popular houseplant which is often referred to as the “Swiss Cheese Plant” is usually a dark green, however sometimes it comes in a variegated version. This plant started as a cutting in October 2016 which had two leaves, however they promptly fell off. Although this was going into the summer season in Australia, there was no visible growth until February 2017. During this time it was moved to a greenhouse and this seemed to help the growth progress. The striking white parts of the leaves, while beautiful, are what make this usually very hardy plant much harder to care for. They white parts appear that way because they lack chlorophyll, which creates the green colour in leaves. Chlorophyll is also required for photosynthesis, so essentially it is harder for this plant to convert sunlight into energy than the usual variety.
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Unfortunately this plant came to a sad ending – while the all white appearance of the leaf was stunning, the plant didn’t have enough chlorophyll to photosynthesise. In order for a variegated plant to thrive, there does still need to be some greenery. Coming soon is a post on successful propagation of a variegated monstera so make sure you subscribe and follow on instagram @greengrow1687
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