Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

Monstera deliciosa

Monstera

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Often called the Fruit Salad Tree or the Swiss Cheese Plant as the ripened fruit has a pineapple-banana odour and fruit salad taste. The mature fruit has a yellow-green, violet-spotted rind of hexagonal plates covering a creamy-white, soft pulp. Highly ornamental, an excellent choice for heavily shaded positions.

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Specifications of Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months March, April, May, June

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Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree Reviews & Tips

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Jen
1y ago

Shellharbour, NSW, Australia

Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

Careful. Do NOT plant near buildings or any underground pipe work. The roots can extend well over 13m if left to establish and if you decide to get rid of it - good luck digging it all up. Keep to a pot on hard surface so roots dont punch through.

Potty Bob 1
★★★ 2y ago

POTTSVILLE BEACH, NSW, Australia

A bit slow to grow 3 years now and 2 plants only have 2 leaves each ,maybe need more water (coming soon) .

Mindy1
★★★★ 2y ago

SUNBURY, VIC, Australia

Purchased to use as an indoor plant - if it fruits, even better.

Dayna731
★★★★ 3y ago

TORQUAY, QLD, Australia

Tropical look

Lynda
3y ago

Mount Waverley, VIC, Australia

Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

Just enjoy the wonderful flavour of the fruit when it stays to separate from the core

Peter91
★★★★ 5y ago

NORTH PLYMPTON, SA, Australia

Unknown when this was planted, came in the backyard and has continued to produce fruit for well over a decade, barely water it, survives off of rain.

Gregory Lawler
6y ago

Peats Ridge , NSW, Australia

Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

You can wash the ripe fruit pieces to get rid of the black sharp little pieces between the fruit sections - its easy !

Waterfall
★★★★ 6y ago

WATERFALL, NSW, Australia

The plan is to grow this up the south side of the house and its in a bottomless pot to try and contain it to some degree. I have a large plank of wood bolted in place for it to climb. Growth rate has been reasonably steady, it gets no direct sun except...

Alicia
★★★ 7y ago

WYNNUM WEST, QLD, Australia

Beautiful foliage, it hasn't fruited yet but has grown like crazy, always looking for sun. We have it under the stairs. Just divided and hope new location for second plant will show us some fruit!

WildBuna
★★★ 7y ago

BARELLAN POINT, QLD, Australia

I planted this in an area that was really way too sunny for it. But it has held on and come back even stronger as the area has become more covered. This was a favourite of mine as a child. I watered it only if it hadn't rained for a week or two or was ...

Delia
8y ago

Mooloolah Valley, QLD, Australia

Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

I put the flesh in muffins. Yummy. Also good in oatmeal in the morning. It freezes well. I am going to try jam tomorrow.

George Bain
8y ago

Redcliffe, QLD, Australia, Australia

Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

I have eaten dozens of monstera and dont get the prickles,when the fruit starts to swell at the bace I wrap it up in greese proof paper and then newspaper and leave for 2 days or longer thenopen carefully and remove only the loose segments and you will en

Ivan Howell
8y ago

Julatten, QLD, Australia

Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

Pick when the scale start to peel off. To eat, cut a 10-15mm thick slab across the fully ripe section, and nip segments between you teeth to pull away from core. This leaves leaves most of the irritating needles behind.

Russell Sawbridge
8y ago

Perth, WA, Australia

Monstera

No fruit, maybe your giving it to much water or the soil is to moist. My monstera grows in the shade and loves the heat. They are very hardy and do not require much water (love). The leaves can be cut back. They will require some water when transplanting.

James Russell
9y ago

Victoria, B.C.

Monstera

Old plant in pot goes outdoors in summer has fruited successfully in Saanich, on Vancouver island

Megan Humphreys
9y ago

Delan, QLD, Australia

Monstera

Use monster fruit in place of banana in a cake mix. Absolutely unbelievably deliciosa!!!

Joachim
9y ago

Mexico City, DF

Monstera

Cant be poisonous because sqirels and opossums love it. Sometimes we get a taste of the fruit when they leave a big one behind they cant carry away.

Daniel
9y ago

Bowraville, 2449, Australia

Monstera

Ag show this year with a few of our many fruit. Large size too. No fertilizer,no care,no explanation except it grows near natural spring. Natures best remedy for constipation.

Meg Opie
9y ago

Alice Springs, NT, Australia

Monstera

Excited first fruit today , grows under trees lots of leaf from above tree canopy live in alice springs,gave blood bone recently,leaves make bontanicle garden plants in s/a look pathetic tell husbands to stay away from garden clean up ,they like to clear

Meg Opie
9y ago

Alice Springs, NT, Australia

Monstera

Grow in ground under tree canaopy let leaves etc from trees build up with plant as mulch,blood bone

R Walton
9y ago

Ipswich, QLD, Australia

Monstera

My root piece fruited in 2 years - with 3 fruits and has 3 this year. Now about 3 meter high. I wait till segments fall then place upside down in glass and eat as segments come off. Never had touble with black prickles

PhilippafromDerbyWA1
★★★★★ 10y ago

DERBY, WA

This monstera is one of two that made the trip from Daleys NSW This one is out in the sun a little more growing up a woolybut tree and the other is planted beneath our largest tree a 30m Mahoganey tree deep in the understorey. They are both loving the...

allybanana
★★★★ 10y ago

EDEN, NSW, Australia

The fruit are tasty but tricky to eat, and they ripen mid winter, we have no problems with birds or fruit fly eating the fruit. This plant also fruits in partly shaded spots in the yard.

xhristofer
★★★★★ 10y ago

Bundaberg, Qld, Australia

First planted in semi-shade and didn't go well. Transplanted to full sun in winter and never looked back. Went from a single leaf of 30cm to a thriving plant with multiple leaves up to 1M and 21 fruit in 12 months. Taste is unbelievable. Once the frui...

Kaz
10y ago

Sydney, NSW

Monstera

10yrs for plant to fruit, some fruit been on the plant 2yrs. I cut 2 oldest off and put one upright in in a glass of water covered in a paperbag, and the other upside down in a glass with no water. It took a week, but the second ready first.

Philippa Ring
10y ago

Derby, WA

Monstera

You can pick your fruit whilst still green and roll in newspaper and stick it in the back of your fridge. Ultimately it ripens where the segments fall from the stem when you unroll the paper. I guarantee this method so give it a try.

Deb Shilling
10y ago

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Monstera

This year I have 4 fruit and didnt know they could be eaten. I discovered it as I was cutting a fruit that had been eaten by the Leopard slugs. The hexagon outer was coming off so I tasted the fruit. Lovely!

Georgia Green
10y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Monstera

Careful of your plumbing...the roots seem to seek out pipes

Jacquie Mifsud
10y ago

Melbourne, VIC

Monstera

Hi i would like to know if the fruit on the monstera is poisonous as i have been told this is true...my plant is 33 years old and the size of a small car, it has fourteen fruit on it..and why dont the birds eat it if it is ok for us to eat.

Raquel Morris
10y ago

Perth, WA

Monstera

Monstera plants love banana skins, and whole bananas that have past eating my plant hasnt fruited yet but im looking forward to seeing fruit

KenP
★★★★ 11y ago

Eumundi, QLD, Australia

easy to grow and the fruit is nice on occasion

Emma1
★★★★★ 11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

I love the fruit salad fruit except for the occasional prickle in the flesh. Delicious! Also a lovely tropical floiage bush with broad cheese-hole leaves. A must for that jungle look.

Eriad
★★★★ 11y ago

Deagon, QLD, Australia

Fruit tastes yummy.   The children love it.   It grows and looks after itself.

Diny M Jansen
11y ago

Childers, QLD

Monstera

I roll my green fruit in newspaper till ripe, drop the fruit pieces in water and black particles will just rinse away.

Greg Mcfarlane
11y ago

Freshwater, NSW

Monstera

I blended equal amounts of monstera fruit and banana and chilled in fridge. Firms into a tangy jelly-like desert. Yum!

Diane Forth-eglon
11y ago

Birmingham, Uk, W MID

Monstera

Don't eat too much of it in one go, in excess as it has a bit of a laxative effect! I live in the UK now but lived in Nambour, Sunshine Coast, QLD.

Johannes Timmers
11y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Monstera

To eat, cut a mature fruit with an inch or two of stem, wrap it in gladwrap and hang it from the stem,wait till the scales fall away, starting at the stem end, falling off and ripening as it reaches the tip,it will be soft, and no pricles

John Hill
11y ago

Wauchope, NSW, Australia

Monstera

Snap off fruit and place in a paper bag in a cupboard for a few days to hasten the ripening. When the scales fall off it"s ready to devour. Deelicious!!

Charity
11y ago

Serpentine, WA, Australia

Monstera

Have a monstera in part-shade/sun one planted next a old tree stump & pond & has done really well, has produced 5 fruit so far & had no idea at first what it was until I asked around. So looking forward tasting this strange fruit in a years time.

Mrs Watson
11y ago

Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Monstera

Are you still talking about the fruit? cause the fruit has a layer of skin that peels of first. We love hte fruit but the black bitey bits are a pain.

Totihs Kcufho
11y ago

Swan Hill, VIC

Monstera

Have several 1 in ground 3 in pots fruiting HOWEVER not sure which part to eat. Is it the Top browny bit or the enclosed lump below the top bit? Any help appriciated

Miss K Jones
11y ago

Wedderburn, VIC

Monstera

I've had 2 monstera in the ground for 2 years and a giant 1 in a pot in the fernery,they are well looked after, but still no fruit. which I haved loved since being a kid, what am I doing wrong, I cant wait till they fruit!

Mrs P J Nightingale
11y ago

Stevenage, HERTS

Monstera

Ive just had the fruit on my cheese plant mature after nearly a year. The plant itself is kept in my conservatory and I live in hertfordshire, England!!

anthonymiceli1
★★★★ 11y ago

Hastings, VIC, Australia

Grows well though slowly. %uFFFDIs also quite resistant to drought hardly ever gets watered under the trees in front garden, %uFFFDnot damaged by the cold. %uFFFDHave another one that has fruited.

James Mckenzie
11y ago

Melbourne, VIC

Monstera

Monsterio delicios fruit is poisonous if consumed too early before ripened take caution before eating

Jo1
★★★ 12y ago

Eagleby, QLD, Australia

New this year in a pot and growing well. Gets treated just like everythign else in my garden, fertilize with the  same worm castings and chook poop and sugar cane mulch.

Pauline Chant
12y ago

Cooroy, QLD, Australia

Monstera

If you find seeds in your fruit, they are very easy to grow. Just place them on a piece of paper towel in a jar lid with a little water and they will shoot within a few days. Rinse them daily with clean water.

Pauline Chant
12y ago

Cooroy, QLD, Australia

Monstera

Eat when ripe by using a fork to get the pieces out, this leaves most of the black pieces/prickles behind.

Sealady
12y ago

Melbourne Beach, FL, Australia, Australia

Monstera

I'm excited I have 2 monstera's coming over the fence from my neighbor - it is covered in fruit. So I cut a 2 foot section off and stuck it in some dirt about 3 months ago. It has 4 fruit on it already!!

Ruby Rose Vial
12y ago

Newcastle, N.S.W, Australia

Monstera

I just found one in my garden backfence its farly bushy dont know how it got there but sounds mouth watering A.KA. im only ten

Clair Robertson
12y ago

Ringwood East, VIC, Australia

Monstera

I just bought my first monstera, my mum had one when we lived in England,i was a little girl then. I had to have one i remember how beautiful it was, but don't remember ever seeing any fruit on it! I have only come to learn that it bare fruit Ha!

L. Thomas
12y ago

Central, FL

Monstera

Make cuttings by stripping the leaves from the vine and make 2-3 inch sections with 1 or 2 nodes (where the leaves were attached) on each piece. Let the ends heal. Root by planting sections partially beneath the soil.

Ken Nosich
12y ago

Rock Springs , WY

Monstera

I live in one of the coldest parts of the country and have an indoor monstera producing two foot wide leaves and about to flower for the first time

Lorraine Myers
12y ago

Inverleigh 3321, VIC, Australia

Monstera

How do i take a butting from my plant?

Julie Bartley
12y ago

Mt Druitt, NSW, Australia

Monstera

No tip need advice not growing what type of fertiliser do you suggest it is in shade & theres frost in winter is growing in mt druitt nsw

Tony Poyner
12y ago

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Monstera

To take a cutting, just chop off a growing stem with roots hanging off it. Plant it up against a tree or wall and mine have fruited the following year.

Tony Poyner
12y ago

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Monstera

The right time to eat is when the scales fall off. Don't pull them off as that is when the prickles occur.

April
12y ago

Nabiac, NSW, Australia

Monstera

My Question is.... When is the right time to eat it, any reason why the ants are all over it this year?

Nathan Hockridge
12y ago

Sydney, N.S.W, Australia

Monstera

I just found 4 plants in my backyard, each with 2 fruits what should I do now?

Nancy Patton
12y ago

Mornington, VIC, Australia

Monstera

I noticed one half eaten this a.m., must have been the birds! Anyway I ate some of it myself and left the rest on the bench to ripen further. But isn't this early? You say harvest between Feb and May -- surely it's not last season's? There are four more.

Jen B
12y ago

Windsor, NSW, Australia

Monstera

Mine is growing in full sun in the backyard. It takes up half the yard. These things are hardy.

Jen B
12y ago

Windsor, NSW, Australia

Monstera

I completeley hacked mine to the ground. Less than a month later it was covered in leaves and fruit (ten or more). Frost certainly hasn't killed it. know if I mulch it into th

Greg Hedley
12y ago

Chidlow, WA

Monstera

8yr old , from air-rooted piece 1 metre long ,one end part-buried .1st time fruit.Some water in 40+summer heat...sub-zero winters; blood and bone last year..

Heba Awad
13y ago

Melbourne, VIC

Monstera

Great with tomato soup

Aaron Davis
13y ago

Sunbury, VIC

Monstera

I dont think it would be appropriate to have with soupit has a tangy sort of taste, id say you would put it on a pavlova, cut it up in slices-avoid the prikles!!all the bestlet me know what you think

Chris Best
13y ago

Corindi, NSW, Australia

Monstera

I luv the fruit but can't stand the prickles. I wait till the fruit it ripe but I still manage to eat the pricles. What can I do?

Yun Chin Leong
13y ago

Churchill 3842, VICTO

Monstera

The fleshy part of the fruit is elegantly fruity, but the "prickly" calcium axalatecrystals(?) are rough on the tongue, not comfortable.

Grant Mundy
13y ago

Hobart, TAS

Monstera

My 20 year old plant has produced fruit for the first time this tear but it doesnt look like photos ive seen,doesnt have hexagon shapes on it,it just looks like a straight banana but not as smooth?

Wayne Zollinger
13y ago

West Hills, CA

Monstera

THESE GIANTS LOVE FISH EMULSIONAND COFFEE GROUNDS MIXED INTO THESOIL FOR ROOT STIMULOUS

Lizabeth Jones
13y ago

Australia, VIC, Australia

Monstera

You would not believe the size of ours! Vines easily in the 20ft range, leaves 2.5 ft long...amazing. Going to try propagation by vines. I'd like to dig up the parent plant but not sure how deep roots go...any suggestions?

Alen Brandenburg
13y ago

Los Angeles, CA

Monstera

It is tropical, but you can grow it in other areas. After reading many others topics about the Monstera fruit, I have come to the conclusion that each Monstera plant grows in a pair of flowers each year. I have a Monstera plant and it also has 2 flowers.

Ross James
13y ago

Taroona, TAS, Australia, Australia

Monstera

Who said it was tropical. I live in Hobart and have one outside the front door. This year we will have 10 or so fruits.

Shane Walker
14y ago

Canada, NS

Monstera

About the "prickles". They're tiny crystals of calcium oxalate (raphides). Also in kiwifruit (near the core) and just under the skin in pineapple. They're harmless, but you can feel them.

Fred Secula
14y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Monstera

Our Monstera is huge. Broke out of the fernery many years ago and doesn't mind full sun anymore. One leaf is easily the size of me. Generally get about 20 or more fruit from it each year.

Caitlin Dymphna
14y ago

Miami, FL

Monstera

Yea uhh its pretty much amazing.

B.kerr
14y ago

Gympie, QLD, Australia

Monstera

Southern side of the house in the damp. The one directly under the kitchen window fruits prolificly. One fruit even had seeds inside it. Also have one growing inder banana plants and fruiting well, gets sun so some scorched leaves.

Beryl Bailey
14y ago

Kallangur, QLD, Australia

Monstera

Near back fence and partly shaded. Fed with grey water and not much TLC. Been told to leave fruit till skin is black and the 'scales' fall off. Never tried it before. Looking forward to tasting it.

George
14y ago

Cowes, I.O.W

Monstera

Twanger is a great name for a cheese plant i love mine he's the best oh yeah oh yeah

Fay & Graham Nilsen
14y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Monstera

We have 4 from the one original plant. They are fed with grey water and kept in well mulched dappled sunlight. We do nothing else with them and we are looking forward to the 3 dozen fruit we will be enjoying next year. Frost hasn't bothered it so far.

Jeffrey K. Heriot.
14y ago

Buderim, QLD, Australia

Monstera

I have been making monstera jam for several years, I just freeze the ripe sections and let them build up until i get enough to make some jam, i add 2/3 cup of sugar per cup of pulp and the juice and zest of 1 lemon per kg of pulp, then make the jam.

Kieren Marsden
14y ago

Hillbank, SA, Australia

Monstera

I have 2 monstera's in an enclosure to my turtle pond and I use the water from the pond to water them, The 2 will fruit 3-4 pieces every year. its about 4 years old now and doing fine

Kathy Milligan
14y ago

Warrnambool, VIC, Australia

Monstero

They seem to bounce back well. I found a pot with just some yellowish stalks left began watering it a few days and i had new foliage unfurling and in 2 years it has become quite impressive for a potted plant.

Kathy Milligan
14y ago

Warrnambool, VIC, Australia

Monstero

Apparently the fruit is ripe when the sections of skin come away and its easiest to scrape the flesh away from the stem with a fork

Robin Knight
15y ago

Newtown, VIC, Australia

Monstero

Monstera left in their pots, even huge pots, seem not to fruit with he same enthusiasm that those with roots in the garden soil seem to exhibit!

Robin Knight
15y ago

Newtown, VIC, Australia

Monstero

I seem to have fruits developing from an ex-indoor specimen transplanted into the garden, east-facing, but beneath an Australian native hedge..would get little direct sunlight but is threatening to take over the entire block!

Mal
15y ago

Toowoomba, QLD, Australia

Monstero

You're doing something wrong. had one yesterday, fantastic fruit, nothing but soft sweet fruit salad flesh. you don't eat the inside stem, and wait til the hexagonal plates fall away.

Anthony Miceli
15y ago

Mornington, VIC, Australia, Australia

Monstero

Grows and fruits outdoors even in our cool climate, burns in full sun. Fruit is hard to eat because of prickles inside it

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