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5 Intriguing Facts about the Monstera Flower

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Did you know that the Monstera deliciosa plant (AKA “Swiss Cheese Plant”) does indeed flower? Not only that, but it also produces an absolutely delicious fruit which I have tasted myself. Keep reading to find out all about the Monstera flower.


The native range of Monstera deliciosa ranges from Mexico to Guatemala and it grows in wet, tropical conditions. It makes a wonderful houseplant and is very well-adapted to growing indoors.

Now let’s take a look at 5 cool facts about the Monstera flower.



Yes. All Monsteras including Monstera deliciosa, Monstera adansonii, and others will flower.

The genus Monstera belongs to the Araceae (aroid) plant family and they all have a distinctive, similar looking inflorescence (flowering structure).

Monstera deliciosa inflorescence

As you can see in the photo of the Monstera deliciosa inflorescence above, it is composed of two main structures. The spadix is the cylindrical structure in the middle, and the spathe is the white bract behind it.

It is incorrect to call this a flower, but rather, it is called an inflorescence. The flowers are actually numerous, and tiny, and are found on the spadix. The spadix will grow to be about 4-6 inches long,

All plants in the aroid family have a similar looking inflorescence including Anthuriums, Philodendrons, Pothos, and even the common ZZ Plant and Peace Lily. Aroids make up a large portion of the plants that we know and love to grow indoors!


It’s very uncommon for a Monstera deliciosa to flower indoors. Unless you are growing one in a greenhouse, or outdoors in a climate that is warm year-round, it is unlikely to flower indoors in your home.

In fact, I have never seen one flower indoors. But I have seen them in bloom in my travels to warm climates where they grow outdoors. I’ve even seen one flower in a greenhouse in Ohio.

Although Monstera deliciosa is very well adapted to growing indoors and can easily become a beautiful specimen, the conditions inside the home are not conducive to flowering and it will rarely occur.

I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it is unlikely.


They need pretty exacting conditions to bloom, similar to their native environment. This means warm temperatures, high humidity, plenty of water, and the appropriate light.

The flowers of Monstera deliciosa can be self-pollinating, since they have both male and female flowers, and they will actually produce an edible fruit!


Once the flowers are pollinated, the plant will produce a very tasty fruit. Here is what the fruit looks like on the plant.

An unripe Monstera deliciosa fruit.

Beware though, you must not eat an unripe fruit otherwise it may prove to be painful (causing a stinging sensation in your mouth) as a result of calcium oxalate crystals.

The fruits can take longer than a year to mature and ripen.

To learn more about the fruit, be sure not to miss my blog post on Monstera fruit. I had the pleasure of eating a ripe fruit, and it is absolutely delicious!


In ideal conditions (meaning in its tropical habitat), it can take about 3 years for a plant to flower.



Since I’ve never had the pleasure of smelling one myself, I reached out to my buddy Enid Offolter from NSE Tropicals, a fantastic grower and seller of unusual aroids.

Enid stated that the inflorescence has a slightly fruity scent, and “when it’s ready to be pollinated, it has a much stronger smell”, but otherwise the scent is only “very slight.”

Enid also mentioned “there is a certain point when it [the inflorescence] just opens when it’s receptive, usually in the evenings where the scent will be really strong trying to attract pollinators.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on Monstera flowering. Have you ever seen a Monstera in bloom? Comment below. I’d love to hear!


Monday 15th of January 2024

My monstera has flowered for the first time in 25 yrs such a surprise thankyou for the info im in Australia


Thursday 25th of January 2024

I'm sure it was exciting to see that! :-).


Sunday 26th of November 2023

I have one in the ground in a well-watered and mostly shady part of my garden in Southern California. It's been in the ground for 25 years but this is the first flower, perhaps because of last winter's heavy rain.


Tuesday 28th of November 2023

Sounds like a happy plant!

Maggie B

Saturday 25th of November 2023

Interesting reading. Our monstera now 20 years old grew from a piece we bought with us when we moved from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula. Although it is growing outside and on the west side of our home it is well shaded from the sun. This year it has flowered! What an amazing thing to see.


Tuesday 28th of November 2023

Sounds like a happy plant! :-)

Lina Liliengren-Smith

Thursday 9th of November 2023

My monstera had five flowers on it last year and this year it six more and it is just in the beginning of spring, so I wonder if there will be more? The flowers from last year is in a paper bag just about ready to eat. I am so looking for to trying to eat for the first time. I live in Melbourne, Australia and we even get frost here and it is thriving like no tomorrow. Some leaves are more than a metre across


Thursday 9th of November 2023

Sounds like an amazing specimen! I assume you have it growing outside.


Saturday 21st of October 2023

We live in Canada and have a Monstera sitting near a window in our walk out basement home and it just bloomed! We are super surprised because we barely water it or do much to take care of it.


Monday 23rd of October 2023

Wow! That's amazing. Thanks for sharing!