Monstera Used to Look Better – House Plant Journal

Monstera Used to Look Better

Plant: Monstera deliciosa

How long have you had the plant? 7 years


About two years ago the plant had very firm, glossy leaves and was growing a lot.

Here it is now:

Light Situation:

Plant Parent: The plant gets about 2 hours of sun a day.

How do you determine WHEN to water: I try to water once per week in spring / summer and once every two weeks in the colder months.

Describe HOW you water: I try to water it from the bottom when I can and I also skip a water if the top is still moist. I also mist the leaves when I water it

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

When was the last time you repotted? More than 2 years ago.


Thanks for sending the photos and sharing your care details.
If we take a closer look at this leaf…
It’s looking very much like a thrips infestation – a closer look will confirm it (I’ve circled the thrips larvae)
Other than the infestation, based on what you’ve written about your care, here are some pointers:
  • You absolutely should be using fertilizer otherwise your plant will have but one or two leaves per vine – more info here on fertilizing
  • The light levels, in my estimation, if I were to measure them where this Monstera lives, would probably be in the 100-200 FC range, which is quite low for a Monstera this size; putting the plant closer to the window or closer to a larger window where the indirect light levels are in the 200-400 FC range would be better – more info here on measuring light
  • Misting is not necessary – do it if you like to but don’t if you feel obligated as it has no impact on good growth (light has the biggest impact)
  • The dark brown dry patch on the newest leaf is indicative of mineral build up in the soil from a lack of flushing, which is the result of only pouring small amounts of water into the soil and bottom watering; thoroughly top watering and flushing (pouring through more water beyond the point of saturation and allowing it to drain away) are necessary to prevent leaf damage from mineral build up

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