Monstera yellowing and Droopy – House Plant Journal

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.

Light Situation:

From this spot, the plant only gets indirect light.

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.

If you want to develop strong fundamentals in plant care, my book and online course will guide you in the right direction.

• ASK ME about one plant
• 30-Minute Consultation (for lots of plants)

Tired of your houseplants dying on you?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *