Monstera leaves coming in smaller – House Plant Journal

Monstera leaves coming in smaller

Plant: Monstera deliciosa

How long have you had the plant? 1-2 years


It just seems like the leaves are growing in so small. Some have split, but others haven’t at all. I would say this has been going on the last several months with little to no change in care/environment.

Overall plant:

Light Situation: the sun shines directly onto the blinds for more than 3 hours a day.

How do you determine WHEN to water: I follow the schedule I was told/researched for this plant – about every 5-7 days.

Describe HOW you water: Bottom watering: you sit the pot in a pool of water, allowing the soil to soak up as much as it can.

Any other details related to watering/humidity: As far as humidity, I have a ceramic dish with rocks underneath the pot stand so the the drainage evaporates. I did purchase a humidifier in the last few weeks, hoping that it helps.

What fertilizer (if any) do you use? Miracle grow, the little sticks, about 4-6 of them.


Darryl’s Analysis

Your light situation is suitable for good Monstera growth.

Bottom watering is one of those things that seems like a good idea but doesn’t work as well as top watering *when the pot is large (above 6″)*.  This is because gravity hinders the moisture from traveling upwards through the soil. I water my monstera (and all my plants) by pouring water evenly and slowly from the top.

Humidity is relatively unimportant for good Monstera growth – see photo below: no humidifier or humidity tray.  Ambient indoor humidity was as low as 25% in the winter (I live in Toronto, Canada).

Everyone wants bigger leaves right away but even with good growing conditions, it will still take time.  If you say you’ve had your plant for 1-2 years then continue with your good care and you can expect larger leaves in another 3-4 years.  Here’s my plant from day 1 (similar to yours now) and 4 years later:

This is just an example of my own plant – remember that your growing environment is different.  My plant has two windows which means its growth will generally be faster than with only one window – your journey will be different but still wonderful!

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