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Questions About Monstera Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 5, 2010

Q. Monstera Plant Leaves Not Glossy

I have a Monstera plant with two leaves that are not glossy and both are hanging very vertical. These are the two newest leaves and I wonder if I gave it too much fertilizer during the summer. Can I regain the gloss for these leaves?

Answered by
Heather on
November 7, 2010
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Sometimes new leaves need a little time to develop a glossiness. I would give them a month or so to see if they start to shine. If they do not, check how much you are watering and the fertilizer. These plants do not need much fertilizer, so I would only fertilize it once a year or so.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 18, 2010

Q. Monstera Deliciosa

I have a Monstera deliciosa that I keep outdoors in summer and indoors in winter. After bringing it in this year, it has recently decided to flower. I have much knowledge in how to grow, but not much in its blooming and fruiting. I am willing to pamper my plant in order to get the fruit to maturity, but I am needing to know what to do. I don’t even know if the flower needs to be pollinated. Am I just going to lose the unfertilized bloom?

Answered by
Heather on
November 19, 2010
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Congratulations! Getting one of these plants to bloom in a partial indoor environment is an accomplishment.

 

When the flowers from these plants do come to maturity, the fruit is actually much like a cross between bananas and pineapples (though it is poisonous to eat before it is ripe).

 

Unfortunately, it can take up to a year for the fruit to ripen and in order to do do, they need to be exposed to temperatures and conditions that far greater than the normal household can provide.

 

They need conditions that mimic conditions like growing zones of 10 or higher. High heat, high humidity and lots of bright, indirect light.

 

You may find this article helpful:
http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/home-garden/garden-detective/article60030286.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 1, 2011

Q. Monstera

Bought a potbound monstera and repotted it. Now the leaves are turning yellow.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
Certified Expert
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Some plants go into shock when they are repotted. It sounds like yours has. Make sure that the drainage is good in the new pot and provide a little fertilizer. If you give it good care, it should come out of shock and recover.

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Asked by
SpaceCadetStace on
May 3, 2012

Q. Need some help with planting seeds

Hi, I’ve never planted anything before and I’ve got some Monstera deliciosa seeds and Beaucarnea recurvata seeds. Since I have no experience with plants at all, I was hoping someone could give me advice on the best way to plant the seeds and how to take good care of them.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 4, 2012
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Asked by
Lousha on
December 7, 2014

Q. Monstera’s new leaves turn brown and die off

My monstera keeps getting new leaves, but by the time they grow big enough they turn brown and die off. They never got to the stage where they would flatten out. They die still rolled up. The older leaves are fine, but no new one survives. Any idea why? Thanks!

Answered by
Lousha on
December 8, 2014
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Thanks for the quick answer. I'll try and fix the problem.
(Unfortunaletly the site was a bit slow when I asked my question which did not seem to register so in the end I asked three times. Sorry for that.)

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Answered by
theficuswrangler on
December 7, 2014
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My guess would be that the soil is too wet. Monstera, like all philodendrons, likes to have plenty of air around its roots. When the soil in the bottom of the pot stays too wet, in other words doesn't dry out enough between waterings, the roots can't breathe, and root rot set in. Test the moisture in the bottom of the pot; on a moisture meter, it should register 1/2 way between dry and moist before you water again. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-moisture-in-plants.htm
If you find the soil is too damp, you'll want to take steps to correct the situation: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

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Asked by
Horsita on
January 5, 2015

Q. Monstera deliciosa

It has grown too much. Can I cut it into sections and root them? My plant has only one stem, so advise if propagation does not cover it.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
January 5, 2015
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This article has instructions for starting monstera cuttings. If you have enough cuttings, you could experiment with different rooting media - water, perlite, potting soil, or whatever - to see what works best for you. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/swiss-cheese-plant/monstera-deliciosa-propagation.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 27, 2015

Q. Variegated Monstera deliciosa

How do you keep your white variegated plant from turning all green? In other words, how do you keep the white variegation going?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 28, 2015
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