My Monstera deliciosa, when it was but a baby
now, both the wall and water tank are invisible
and I have to lift leaves aside to sidle past it
it is taking up two thirds of my shade house!
Ever since I first saw my first Monstera as a teenager,
I fell in love with it.
No idea why . . .
it was not long that I realised that it was Monstera deliciosa,
with the round holes it it's leaves that drew me, not the non
fruiting cut leaf plant that was so in vogue
as an indoor ornamental
it is doing well in my protected shade house
and brings a touch of the Tropics into my difficult, dry garden
in the driest State in the driest Continent
and has been fruiting now for a number of years
here is a cluster of four emerging flower buds
and the pristine, virginal flower,
already protecting the fruit in it's heart
the fruit takes 2 years to ripen and only flowers
in common parlance, it is called the fruit salad plant
as the fruit has flavours composed of pineapple, banana
and a variety of other tropical fruits
on the ripe fruit, the outer, green layer drops off,
revealing the luscious, edible bits inside.
a bit like eating corn on the cob except for the intense
sweetness and tropical flavour . . . yum
it took at least a decade of waiting for it to fruit,
this year I had 14 pieces of fruit and in 2 years time,
if I am still around, there are 17 buds and flowers
promising a glut of deliciousness.
If I stick around until I am 90, I'll be able to open a market stall!
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