Monstera new leaf wrinkly and dull – House Plant Journal

Monstera new leaf wrinkly and dull

Plant: Monstera deliciosa

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


New leaf does not expand fully, wrinkly and dull. Old leaves are yellowing and browning at the edges. Problem started six months ago when I repotted the plant to a large, dark colored ceramic pot. Four months ago, I repotted again because I found root rot.

Overall plant:



Light Situation:

Sitting next to this balcony door, the plant only received indirect light.

How do you determine WHEN to water? I wait for the soil to become slightly dry before watering.

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

Fertilizer? Yes, I’ve always used Osmocote and worm castings.


Darryl’s Analysis

The current location where you have it is pretty good in terms of light.

WHEN to water: you don’t need to water as soon as the soil is just slightly dry – aim for “partially dry” (around halfway between fully saturated and totally dry) to be your cue to water.

HOW to water: fully soaking and letting excess drain away is better than pouring just a small amount of water (which will leave dry pockets).

Your plant could also go into a bigger pot – my rough guideline is “as large as the largest leaf”, meaning your pot can be approximately as large as the size of the largest leaf.

Your Monstera looks generally fine but perhaps if you evenly and thoroughly moisten your soil (when it’s time to water), the leaf development should be nicer.

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