Monstera roots coming out of pot – House Plant Journal

Monstera roots coming out of pot

Plant: Monstera deliciosa

How long have you had the plant? Just 4 days


I just bought this plant last week and it came with its roots growing out of the pot. I’ve never had a plant do this so it’s definitely a foreign problem for me.

Light Situation:

The plant gets about 2 hours of direct sun from this spot

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

Describe HOW you water: Fully soak the soil, letting excess drain away. Note: I’ve only had the plant for 4 days so I haven’t watered it yet – it’s now starting to get very dry.

What fertilizer do you use? I’m not sure.

When was the last time you repotted? I haven’t repotted.


Thanks for the photos and info!

Monstera roots grow aggressively so it’s very common that after a few months, they’ll find their way outside of the pot.  There’s nothing wrong with the plant but, in the near future, you will want to repot the plant into the next larger size pot.  Standard potting mix will do.

In terms of determining WHEN to water, observe the soil and when it reaches about halfway dry, then (in terms of HOW to water), give it a thorough soaking and let excess water drain away.

If you want your plant to grow well in the long run, given that you have good light, you will want to use fertilizer – more info here.

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