Why Are The Leaves Drooping Or Falling Off My Monstera Plant? {ANSWERED}

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Monstera are a tropical evergreen species, and as such, it is a plant that enjoys year round warm and humid conditions.

Known for being an easy-going plant, the Monstera has few demands, however, too much or too little water, and this Araceae (the wider family that Monstera are part of) will make sure that you know it is unhappy by drooping or dropping its leaves.

While it does not require watering more than every week to two weeks, this Central American plant does require constantly moist soil.

If you have noticed your Monstera looking a little droopy lately (or perhaps you have even seen leaves falling off,) the moisture level of your soil is most likely to blame.

If your Monstera is looking a little worse for wear, there is still time to turn things around!

In this post, we are going to explore why your Monstera is not thriving and what you can do about it by answering the following questions:

  • Why are my Monstera’s leaves drooping?
  • What can I do to stop my Monstera’s leaves from drooping?
  • Why are my Monstera’s leaves falling off?
  • What can I do to stop my Monstera’s leaves from falling off?

If you feel like you wish to hedge your bets by propagating the adult plant whilst you can, check out these techniques we used to propagate Monstera adansonii.

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Why are my monstera leaves  drooping?

If you have recently noticed the leaves on your Monstera starting to droop, check your plant’s soil. If your plant’s soil is bone dry and your plant is wilting, there are two possibilities.

First, and most commonly, a dry potting mix should tell you that your plant is wilting because it has not been getting enough water. If the soil is bone-dry, this is almost certainly the cause of your droopy leaves.

However, if your plant soil is moist and the leaves are drooping, then it could be that your Monstera has become root bound.

Root bound means that the plant’s roots have grown to the point that they tangle with each other, and there is not enough space (and therefore nutrients) available in the pot for your plant to grow.

In short, your plant has outgrown its pot! You will also notice more of your plant’s roots showing above the soil.

The average Monstera will benefit from a pot change once every two to three years. A pot change will give your plant a chance to untangle roots, get free from the soil that packed too firmly, and even continue to grow.

If your Monstera is root-bound and you must repot it.

If you do not want the plant to continue growing any taller, you can brush off the soil and clean out the plant pot you are currently using. Once your plant’s roots are clean and the plant pot is empty, you can use the same plant pot to replant – just use fresh potting compost!

What can I do to stop my monstera leaves drooping?

If your Monstera plant is underwatered, you want to make sure to saturate it well. Take a deep lipped saucer that is large enough to sit under your Monstera pot. Fill the saucer with room temperature water (ideally rain water if you can collect it) and leave your plant in the saucer for a few hours. This will give the plant roots time to rehydrate and get your Monstera back on the road to perky leaves.

If your Monstera plant has moist soil and you see more roots showing above the soil, it is likely root-bound and will need repotting.

  • Invest in a new pot that is 2” wider in diameter than the current pot.
  • Take your Monstera out of the current pot and gently brush off and shake off as much soil as you can until the roots are clean.
  • Set your Monstera in the middle of the new pot and add clean soil around the plant.
  • Water the new soil well and set your plant back in indirect sunlight.

Why are my monstera leaves falling off?

If your Monstera is losing leaves, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, check the moisture level of your soil. If your soil is too dry, your plant will begin to dry out and lose leaves.

Look at the leaves that have fallen off your plant, are they yellow or brown? Changes in leaf color and leaf loss are the results of underwatering as well as too much and exposure to direct sunlight. Are the leaves crispy?  Do the leaves have black spots?

  • Yellowing leaves and wet soil are a good tip-off that your Monstera is getting too much water.
  • Brown leaves with crispy edges also indicate that your plant is underwatered or that a significant amount of salt has built up.
  • Leaves with black spots on them can indicate that your plant has been overwatered and that it is not getting enough sun in its current position in your home.

What can I do to stop my monstera leaves from falling off?

If your Monstera is dropping leaves because of underwatering, follow the instructions in our first example to make sure that your plant gets hydrated!

If your plant has brown and crispy leaves, it either has a build-up of salt or it is underwatered. If you suspect underwatering, follow the instructions above. If you believe that your plant could be suffering from a build-up of salts, though, you want to water your plant by flowing water through the soil. Pour water over the soil and let it continue to flow for a short while. This will help to wash out any built-up salt that is hampering your plant’s growth and development.

If your plant has black spots on the leaves but the soil is moist, try putting your plant in an area where it will have more sunlight or pick up a low cost full spectrum grow light. Just be sure not to put it directly in the sun and choose an area of your home that gets a good amount of sun without the sun directly blazing in.

It all comes down to H2O

A drooping or leaf dropping Monstera is almost always the result of too little or too much water. Keeping a regular watering routine will help to keep this tropical evergreen happy by keeping its soil moist but not wet.

FAQs

What are the most commonly sold monstera plants?

The two species of Monstera that are most commonly cultivated as houseplants, the Monstera deliciosa, and the Monstera adansonii (also known as the Monkey mask plant).

The Monstera deliciosa is recognizable for the large splits in their massive leaves whereas Monstera adansonii has much smaller, tapered leaves with holes in the tissue.

Both Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii are tropical evergreens native to Central America and are members of the Araceae family. A lesser known fact is that Monstera plants have the ability to grow fruit, but when grown indoors and kept as houseplants, they tend not to grow fruit or even flower.

At what temperature should I keep my monstera plant?

As a tropical plant, the Monstera thrives in areas with higher humidity (although it will grow unhindered in the average room) and prefers warmer temperatures. Monstera can grow in temperatures between 65°F and 85°F, but it prefers the higher end of the scale. Below 60°F, though, you can expect to see some problems with your plant growth cycle.

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