Addessonii, Swiss Cheese Vine, in LECA

Monstera Addessonii, the Swiss Cheese Vine

Monstera addessonii plant on a brown shelf

This is a somewhat uncommon houseplant; it can be found in some local nurseries but can be hard to find in some instances. It is a vining plant, so it can get large leaves if given support, or smaller ones if trailing.

It is generally called by its scientific name, Monstera Addessonii, or just an Addessonii for short, in the plant community. Though is sometimes referred to as the Swiss Cheese Vine.

two leaves with holes in them
Baby Addessonii

It is also a very easy and forgiving plant to grow; they love water, which makes overwatering a non-issue. Some people leave their Addessonii cuttings in water for months to years; as long as you change the water, they should do well in just water.

If you want to pot it up in a growing medium, I strongly recommend LECA. LECA is why I started this blog and why I sell cuttings. Once you have a rooted cutting, you should be able to transplant it into LECA immediately if you want.

So, What Is LECA?

LECA stands for Lightweight expanded clay aggregate.

Basically, it’s a clay ball that wicks water up from the bottom of the plant vessel to the plant roots. This means that overwatering is a thing of the past; as long as you have water in the bottom 1/3 of your container, your plant should thrive. It involves no soil, which means little risk of bugs, which was a huge selling point for me!

I go into much more detail on how to use LECA is and how to transplant your cutting; here, I strongly recommend LECA to all plant lovers. I use it exclusively and swear by it.

Light

Monsteras in general naturally love light, warmth, and humidity, as they are tropical plants. However the Addessonii does have thiner leaves then some other varieties, it does will with bright to moderate light.

Watering

Addessoniis do tend to be thirsty. Since I use LECA, I just make sure my plant has a reservoir every week, and it’s good to go. The frequency does change throughout the year.

many green leaves with holes

Climbing

Monstera Addessoniis will eventually want to climb or trail. It does both well, its really a personal preference. I have two, one trailing and one climbing. Climbing will get you bigger leaves, but trailing gives you cute small leaves. I recommend trying both and seeing what you prefer, I go into detail about climbing plants, here.

Growth

These plants start off as small green leaves; as they grow, you will start to get larger leaves with fenestration. Fenestration is just holes or slits in the leaves so that wind can pass through them in the wild. Big-leaved plants tend to have them to avoid breaking in the wind. Unlike the more common Monstera Deliciosa, Monstera Addessoni will have holes in the leaves, but the edges remain intact. This gives a very interesting look, that is very distinct to this plant.

plant with holes in leaves

Overall, Addessoniis are easy to care for, even more so if you put them in LECA, in my opinion. If you want to learn more about LECA, click here, for my quick start guide. I hope you love your new baby plant. I’d love to see how it grows! Feel free to DM me with questions; I really do enjoy my plants and want you to love them as well.

Feel free to message or DM me with questions. Love to talk all things plant and will gladly help you on your plant journey.

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