Mister Swiss was dropped off in the foyer of my building on a Thursday in early spring. He traveled in a huge box, at least three feet tall and weighing about 35 pounds. I carried him, still inside the box, up the four flights of stairs to my apartment. I guess you could say this was my first act of love for him.
Mister Swiss is a rather gigantic and vibrant Monstera Deliciosa, sometimes affectionately known as a Swiss cheese plant. (Get it?) I ordered him from Bloomscape, a direct-to-consumer, online-only plant retailer. After just a few days out of the box, positioned in a sunny corner of my living room, he began to stretch his big tropical leaves, sprout new ones and generally establish his domain…[READ MORE]