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I have robust Monstero plants, with lots of fruit, but they all turn to smelly mush, before they lose the sheath to reveal their hex scales. Many people grow perfectly good fruit in the neighbourhood.
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9th April 2017 4:40pm
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Trikus says...
Maybe you have different Monstera species ? Not all are edible .
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Devon says...
No, it's definitely the edible species. The fruit rots on the vine before it is any where near mature. If I peel off the sheath, the hex scales are visible, with slimy mush inside,and the smell is horrendous.
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11th April 2017 7:25am
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Trikus says...
Never heard/seen of this happening in my 35 years of growing Monstera .. Please share pics of your plant and tell more about where it is planted and what it is climbing/growing on .
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Pademelon1 says...
I've seen it happen, but not across entire plant, only a couple of fruits rotted. The plant I saw this occur on was an escaped plant growing on a coastal cliff in harsh conditions, but sheltered from direct wind etc.. removed sheaf revealed mushy black stink where fruits would normally be.
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16th April 2017 3:57pm
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Devon says...
Thanks for the feedback.
Rich red volcanic soil (soaks up water like a sponge!). Six 20+ yr-old plants,in 5 years I've been here, not one fruit has matured, they produce maybe 50 fruit each year, all fall off before the sheath is shed.. In the photo of the fruit, you can see it has burst open, and the brown ring around the bottom is immature 'scales'.
The stench is pretty awful!
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Pademelon1 says...
That's a tree Philodendron, (Philodendron bipinnatifidum), which doesn't produce fruits like monstera does. Still doesn't explain stench, but no fruits for you! : (
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Devon says...
Well, I had a good look at my neighbour's plants, and it seems I do have a different species. I have no 'windows' in the leaves, though otherwise it all looks identical. I've started ripping out my plants, and putting in cuttings from producing plants.
Thanks for your help, everyone!
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Trikus says...
Just as I thought , was saddened to see Daleys post a picture of a Philodendron bipinnatifidum leaf with Monstera fruits displayed on it . I have managed to get 'fruit' set on these , but it takes some expertise , pollen needs to be collected late at night and then applied to another flower .
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