Little Swiss Monstera (Monstera adansonii)

Little Swiss Monstera Plant Features

Little Swiss monstera (Monstera adansonii) is a striking and trendy houseplant that features arrow-shaped leaves delightfully decorated with dramatic holes along the veins. These holes give it another of its common names: Swiss cheese plant. 

Much smaller than its more common cousin, Monstera deliciosa, Little Swiss is a medium- to fast-growing vine. When young, it is a lovely addition to desks and tabletops. As it gets older and climbs more, a structure on which it can grow up is helpful. In a warm, bright spot, its leaves can get considerably larger (to 24 inches long) with age. 

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Little Swiss Monstera Growing Instructions


Little Swiss monstera prefers medium to bright indirect light when grown indoors. In low-light conditions, it will look long and lanky and may require regular pruning to stay full. Not sure about the amount of light your space has? Low light spots offer just enough illumination to comfortably read a book or magazine throughout the day without extra lighting. In medium light, the plant will cast a soft or light shadow. In bright light, the plant will have a strong shadow.
Tip: It does not need natural light to thrive. It can grow just as well under artificial lights.



Like many other aroids, Little Swiss monstera is sensitive to overwatering. It's best to allow the top couple of inches of the potting mix dry in between waterings. 



Little Swiss monstera prefers above-average relative humidity, but typically does well in average conditions. If your home's air is especially dry, boost ambient moisture. One way to do this is to cluster your plant with other houseplants. A second option is to put a small humidifier nearby. Or, grow it over a large pebble tray.



Fertilize in spring and summer when it is actively growing. Use a product formulated for use on houseplants. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging. Don't apply more fertilizer than the instructions recommend, otherwise you could damage the plant's roots.



Pruning typically isn't necessary for this slow-growing vine. You can pinch back the new growth to encourage it to branch and become fuller, rather than focusing its growth from one main shoot. 

Little Swiss monstera is not intended for human or animal consumption. Keep it out of reach of children or pets that may nibble or chew. 

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Little Swiss Monstera

Moonlight Scindapsus
Accent the textural leaves of Little Swiss Monstera with the elegant, heart-shaped foliage found on this Scindapsus.

Golden Goddess Philodendron
Contrast Little Swiss with a bright punch of color from the bold foliage of Golden Goddess Philodendron.

Shingle Plant
Shingle Plant and Little Swiss Monstera both enjoy the same growing conditions. These aroids are both climbers, too!