Monstera looking pale and Yellowish – House Plant Journal

Monstera looking pale and Yellowish

Plant: Monstera deliciosa

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


Recently, new leaves have started appearing more translucent, yellower, spotty, and not as green as others.

Here’s the overall plant:

Light Situation:

From this spot, the plant gets about 1 hour of direct sun.

How do you determine WHEN to water: I wait for the soil to become completely dry.

Describe HOW you water: I pour a small amount of water into the soil.

What fertilizer do you use? I have never used fertilizer.

When was the last time you repotted? 6 months to 1 year ago with a Monstera specific soil:


Thanks for submitting the details of your Monstera.  I’m afraid your plant has a rather severe thrips infestation – the small yellowish larvae are very clear:
Here’s how you can work on treating it but I must warn you, it will take several months of regular treatment to fully eradicate them – you may see new larvae every few weeks for quite some time.  If you can easily replace the plant, I would suggest throwing it out and getting a new one since a thrips infestation this far gone is very difficult to fully eradicate.

As your plant continues to grow, you should be using fertilizer on a regular basis – more info here.

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