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THE CERIMAN
Monsfera deliciosa

Flowers Seldom in the house
Potting or re-potting time When rootbound
Position in garden during summer Leave in house
Potting Mixture 4

The ceriman, or, as it is sometimes called, the Swiss cheese plant, is really more of a greenhouse subject than a house Plant, due to its size. Yet it is found in many small conservtories and is certainly an interesting object wherever grown Monstera is a tropical American aroid with extraordinary leaves. They are about 3 feet long and almost as broad, cut into rounded lobes and perforated with holes of varying sizes up to 4 inches. When in blossom, the flowers are borne on a large spadix, which later develops into a conical mass of fleshy, edible fruits.

The plant is a climber with strong stems and numerous aerial roots. It should be grown in a large tub with suitable support. Monstera must be well watered at all times, but does not require sun. A warm, humid atmosphere, however, is essential to healthy growth.


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