Monstera yellowing and Droopy
Plant: Monstera deliciosa
How long have you had the plant? 1 to 6 months
About 3 weeks ago I started noticing the leaves turning yellow. I was not too concerned at first, but now some leaves are dropping and curling in. I’m concerned it’s dying.
How do you determine WHEN to water: I wait for the soil to become just slightly 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? I have not yet repotted the plant.
Thanks for the photos and your care details.
While I always say that yellowing leaves will eventually happen since every leaf has a limited lifespan, I can see your pot is much too small for a Monstera deliciosa of this size.
People are always told not to go too big but how can you know if it’s big enough?
Here’s my rule of thumb for a Monstera deliciosa:
When sizing up the pot, go as big as the largest leaf.
Example below: when it was time to repot my Monstera Thai Constellation, I chose a pot that was roughly as big as its biggest leaf.
A bigger pot should also alleviate some of the drooping.
As your plant continues to grow, you should be using fertilizer on a regular basis – more info here.
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