Caging the Monster[a]
Yay! Big Momma Monstera survived another winter inside. Um, uh-oh, Big Momma survived another winter with relatively little, for us, leaf drop. (I think the water trays--I set the tree philodendrons' pots in under-the-bed boxes filled with a couple of inches of water--may actually have helped.) She'd already outgrown my small front deck last year, so this year I relocated her to the larger side deck. (She's spread out across at least eight feet in this shot, and is tied to the bench and deck rail.)
In the wild, these plants climb huge rain forest trees. I'd had to tie her to the ceiling over the winter to keep her upright (she's just a wee bit top-heavy); the poles I'd been using in her pot weren't keeping up. So I built her her very own trellis!
Ta-da! That was the easy part. Now I just need to repot her. ::shudder::
(And, perhaps, I could polish the copper. Someday. At the very least, take off the UPC tags.)