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Is any action required for this Monstera Deliciosa?

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by sandhun, Oct 7, 2021.

  1. sandhun

    sandhun Gardener

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    Does this Monstera Deliciosa require any specific care or re-potting?

    I noticed that all the leaves were initially drooping to one side - I believe that occurred because they were reaching towards the light. I've since rotated the pot to try to balance things out.

    Some of the bigger leaves are still drooping to the right hand side in this picture - do I need to take any action?

    A couple of the leaves look slightly yellow-ish and I was wondering if I should cut those stems back entirely.

    Finally, do I need to add some extra compost to this pot - or perhaps re-pot the whole thing?
     

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  2. Clare G

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    Rotating it was a good idea, but it still looks as if it lives in rather a dark corner - is it possible to rehome it somewhere lighter?

    It could also certainly do with more soil. Personally I would lift it out of that pot, see how the rootball is looking, and then either replant over a layer of fresh compost (thus raising the plant's level within the pot, so that it is growing from the top not halfway down) and using more compost to the sides/ above if there is space, or repot it altogether in a larger pot if need be.

    I would leave the yellowing leaves untouched for now - they may well die and need to be cut off later, but see what more light and soil does for the plant first.

    PS Recentre it in the pot when you replant it, and that will help straighten it up. You could also use a stake but again I'd wait and see how it recovers.
     
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    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      I agree with Clare, it needs lifting up in the pot and more compost adding.
      I find they don't really need large pots and can stay in the same pot for a few years if fed properly during the summer months.
      Being a climber they usually start to elongate any way, but the newer leaves look smaller than the older ones, it does need a lighter position to do well I'm thinking.
      I'm not keen on rotating these as the leaves don't really know if they are coming or going and start to look unhappy, a good light position and the leaves will become set facing the light source without it being a problem.
       
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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        I think you have more than one plant in that pot,looks like 3 or 4 to me.
        They sell them like that to make them appear more busy.
         
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