What is the plant
Lush and bold, Swiss Cheese Plant makes a good accent if you have the space.
Over several years it can grow several feet tall and its dramatic, perforated leaves to 12 inches (30 cm) long or more, so it needs a bit of elbow room.
Keep those leaves dust-free and shiny by gently wiping them with a damp cloth.
This handsome foliage plant is a climber in the wild, scrambling up large trees, anchoring itself with thick aerial roots which also take in moisture and nutrients.
You can tuck aerial roots that emerge near its base into the soil and train others to climb a moss pole.
Young plants have smooth leaves.
But as it matures, the leaves develop deeply cut edges and wide slits.
In its native jungle habitat, the slashes, holes and cuts in the large leaves help the plant to withstand strong winds and torrential downpours.
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