My Solutions to 6 Common Monstera Houseplant Problems

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These common Monstera problems are easily curable with just a few pointers! I am excited to share some of my Monstera care tips based on the questions I receive from my Instagram community of followers.

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Monsteras are easy to care for if the proper levels of sunlight, water, and humidity are provided. Most of the issues plant-parents face are yellow or black leaves on their Monsteras. Monstera leaf discoloration is most likely an indication that your plant suffers either from too much water, too little water, too much light, or too little light

These common Monstera problems are easily curable with just a few pointers! I am excited to share some of my Monstera care tips based on the questions I receive from my Instagram community of followers. Let’s keep your Monstera alive and thriving!

My Solutions to 6 Common Monstera Houseplant Problems

 

1) Help! My Monstera Leaves are Turning Yellow 

Leaf discoloration is one of the most common monstera problems, but there are some simple things you can do to prevent this from happening.

Yellow Monstera leaves can be a sign of overwatering. Before giving your Monstera a drink, check to make sure it needs water by sticking your finger a few inches down into the soil. If it feels dry, give it some water. Yellow leaves can also indicate that your monstera needs to be fertilized.

You will want to cut off the yellow leaves at the base of the stem – there is no point is having your plant waste energy on those leaves.

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2) Help! My Monstera Leaves are Turning Black

Black Monstera leaves are usually caused by root rot, which is a sign of overwatering. To fix this issue, you’ll need to take your plant out of its pot and cut away any roots that are mushy or darker than the others. Repot your Monstera into a clean pot with new, dry soil and cut off the stems with the black leaves  – there is no point is having your plant waste energy on those leaves.

 

3) Help! My Monstera Leaves Have Black Splotches with Yellow Rings

Black splotches with a yellow ring or “halo” indicate that your Monstera has a fungus. If a plant stays wet for a long time fungus can grow. Sometimes, a new plant will have these spots if it wasn’t given quality care while at the store or greenhouse. Remove the spotted leaves and make sure the remaining leaves stay dry. You will want to cut off the affected stems to prevent spreading.

 

4) Help! My Monstera Leaves Have Black and Brown Spots

Black or Brown spots can be a sign of too much direct sunlight that burns a monstera’s leaves. The best home for your Monstera is a place with bright, indirect sunlight.

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5) Help! My Monstera Leaves Are Not Splitting 

If your plant is young, you might need to be patient for a while. Monstera leaves usually don’t split until a plant is mature – which sometimes could take 2 years. If your plant is old enough for splitting, try putting it in an area where it will get more light. Indirect, bright sunlight or a grow light should help.

I have another article about monstera splits HERE 🙂

If you are unable to place your Monstera near a brighter light source you could consider replacing one of your light bulbs with an LED Plant Grow Light. During the winter I like to use the bulbs from Haus Bright.

6) Help! My Monstera is Drooping 

A droopy Monstera plant is either getting too much water or not enough. Check the soil more frequently to get a better idea of how often it needs to be watered. A water meter may help you with this.

If your Monstera is staying wet for too long, you may need to re-pot your plant into a pot that provides better drainage. It’s also important to make sure your Monstera gets enough indirect sunlight. Making sure your plant gets the right amount of water and sunlight will solve the most common monstera problems.

 

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