Millie Ross repots a Swiss Cheese plant, also known as fruit-salad plant (Monstera deliciosa), showing how to use their climbing nature to train up a support post and create a lovely vertical element. Many rainforest species are used as indoor plants, and they are often climbers in nature.
1. Piece of timber – a straight branch is fine
2. Coconut fibre
4. Plastic pot x 2 – one large, one small
6. Potting mix
7. Climbing indoor plant
8. Cable ties
1. Wrap the timber (in this case some Eucalypt) in coconut fibre, leaving the bottom section bare where it will be planted, and wiring it into place
2. Place the post into the smaller pot, holding it vertical while you backfill with gravel; this is to avoid planting direct into soil, where it would quickly rot
3. Half fill the larger pot with potting mix
4. Place this potted post into the larger pot and backfill with more potting mix to stabilise it
5. Tease loose the root system of the Monstera and plant it up against the post
6. Back fill with more potting mix
7. Mulch with gravel
8. Water in
9. For easier lifting, make two holes about 7cm apart on either side of the rim, and tie through cable ties to create discreet handles
As the plant shoots, the aerial roots will attach themselves to the p
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