There is no other fruit quite like this. The monstera forms a very large, lily-like flower, with a huge stamen, which develops into a fruit the shape of a corn cob, but a little larger. The surface of the fruit is covered in hexagonal scales or segments which lift as the fruit ripens. The flavour is sweet and fragrant, something like a mix of pineapple and banana. The plant itself is a vine in its native Guatemala, but will happily grow as a clumping shrub, if given light. Not that it needs a lot - it will fruit in quite shady situations, but hates wind, and fruit will not ripen in cold areas. Often grown as a pot plant indoors (where it will not fruit). The huge, lush dark green leaves make this a wonderful understorey plant in the subtropical jungle.It has a vigorous root system that is reputed to invade drains, so don't plant it near them!


FRUIT SALAD PLANT (Monstera Deliciosa)

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Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya,