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Monstera deliciosa - Split-leaf-Philodendron

Monstera deliciosa - Split-leaf-Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa - Split-leaf-Philodendron)

This is a small section of my Split-leaf-Philodendron in my back yard. I've had this plant for about 24 years. When I move from the San Francisco Bay Area I took a cutting of it. It produces very sweet fruit, that's when I can get them before the ants! LOL! :>) . Photo taken June 8, 2016.

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They are overlooked as food makers. In the tropics there are named cultivars. Here? Its just what houseplant you find.
Too bad. I have read Andy of "Super Monstera's" that have giant 4' maybe 5' leaves and 2' fruits. I have an old Sunset book of a Hawaiian courtyard that has giant Monstera. I would say leafs were almost 4'. MANY perforations..a beautiful specimen. I also saw one almost 30 years ago now in a greenhouse at a local nursery that long ago closed up,with those huge many perforated leafs. Hot as heck in there.

12 Jun, 2016


Yes, here in the U.S. they're not used much for food. In Latin America and other countries they're widely used as food.

The leaves on my plant are very large. They're probably around 4' or so. The plant takes up a lot of space. I've had pieces from my plant since 1991. My friend who gave it to me years ago had his plant growing under a triple Howea fosterana, in Hayward for years.

13 Jun, 2016

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