There is nothing to say that this plant makes you feel like you are under more exotic climes. Swiss Cheese is a climbing plant, and in its natural surroundings in the rainforest you will see that the plant is flailing out of trees where it can grow extremely large.
The Swiss Cheese plant is characterised by its large and beautiful leaves that have holes, as one knows it from Swiss cheese - from which the nickname originates.
As mentioned the Swiss Cheese plant is climbing trees trunks in the nature, a good way to keep the plant from growing in all directions is to support it with sticks as it grows into a larger size.
This variant is the oldest species also known as Finger philodendron. It grows slowly and only gets flaps in the leaves when they reach about 20 cm in diameter.
Swiss Cheese is a reasonably easy plant to care for, therefore it is well suited in most homes. Because of it's low maintenance level it's a really good "beginner" plant.
Watering: Considering that the Swiss Cheese plant origins from a tropical climate, it is actually not a demanding plant in relation to water. When the top layer of the soil (1-2 cm) is dry, you need to water. During the summer, you should check the plants soil a few times a week, while during the colder periods you can check it once a week. Overwatering is the Swiss Cheese plants worst nightmare – the root grid cannot breathe if it is constantly under water and will therefore start to rot. A good little rule when it comes to water your Swiss Cheese plant - When in doubt leave it without.
Location: Your Swiss Cheese plant will thrive in most places. You should not place it where the sun rays hits when the sun is on its highest nor in the darkest corner - anywhere in between these places are just fine.
Temperature: The plant thrives at room temperatures of 15-30°C.
As mentioned earlier, Swiss Cheese is a relatively easy plant to care for. The plant is well suited in a busy household, but if you would like to use a little extra time on your plant, there are a few things you could do to pamper it.
Dust: As the leaves of the Swiss Cheese plant have a fairly large surface, dust can settle on them. Use a soft, damp cloth and avoid rubbing on the leaves. You can also choose to spray your plant with water to increase the humidity around it at the same time – it will also alleviate some of the problems with dust on the plant.
A little shower: A Swiss Cheese plant actually likes a shower once in a while. It increases the humidity around the plant and reminds it of the tropical climate it originally comes from. You don’t have to shower your plant, but it would really love it if you put it on the garden table or balcony on a day with warm summer rain.
In case of no rain, you can also treat it with a shower in your bathroom or you can simply give it a "on the spot shower" with an spray bottle.
Fertiliser: During the hot period from about April to August/September, the Swiss Cheese plant likes to get fertiliser once in a while. It could boost its growth, so if you want your Swiss Cheese plant to grow more wild and explosive, fertiliser is a good trick. During the winter period, however, do not give your plant fertiliser.