Monstera, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, is a beautiful and popular houseplant. It’s easy to see why – the leaves are large and dramatic, and they can grow quite tall. But there’s been some concern lately about whether or not monstera plants have invasive roots. Let’s take a closer look at this plant and find out!
Does Monstera Have Invasive Roots?
No, monstera does not have invasive roots. In fact, its roots are quite shallow and easily contained. The plant doesn’t need a lot of root space to thrive, so it’s perfect for growing in pots and containers.
However, monstera plants grow aerial roots that can grow large and climb walls. you’ll notice these roots growing down from the stem of the plant, and they can get quite long. While they’re not technically invasive, they can be a bit of a nuisance if you’re not careful.
So, there you have it – monstera plants are not invasive. But be sure to keep an eye on those aerial roots! If you need help controlling them, check out our article on how to trim monstera roots.
How to Stop Monstera from Becoming Invasive?
If you want to control your monstera and its aerial roots, there are a number of things you can do:
1. Keep it inside a pot
Monstera plants are indoor plants that can be kept inside pots. By keeping your plant in a pot, you can control its growth and prevent it from becoming too large. The roots will run out of space to grow, and the plant will stay contained.
Pots also make it easy to move your monstera around, so you can put it in a sunny spot or keep it out of the way of curious pets, especially if you own rabbits or other pets that can eat monstera.
There are a number of different pots you can choose from, but make sure that the pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to escape. This will prevent the plant from becoming waterlogged and will help to keep the roots healthy.
2. Trim aerial roots
As we mentioned, monstera plants produce aerial roots that can get quite long. If you don’t want these roots to become a nuisance, you can trim them back.
To do this, simply use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to cut the root off at the desired length. You can also remove any aerial roots that are growing in an unwanted direction.
Be sure to sterilize your tools before trimming the roots, and make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands. After you’ve trimmed the roots, you can place the plant back in its pot or container.
3. Use a grow/moss pole
If you want your plant to grow tall, you can use a grow or moss pole. These poles provide support for the plant and help it to climb.
To use a grow/moss pole, simply insert the pole into the pot next to the plant. The roots will wrap around the pole and begin to climb. You can then reposition the pole as needed.
Moss poles are especially helpful if you want to control the direction of your plant’s growth. I’ve written a few articles about how to use grow poles and moss poles, which you can check out here.
There you have it – three easy ways to prevent monstera from becoming invasive. By following these tips, you can keep your plant under control and enjoy its beauty for years to come.
Does Monstera Have Deep Roots?
No, monstera does not have deep roots. The roots of this plant are quite shallow, which is why it’s so easy to grow in pots and containers. Monstera doesn’t need a lot of root space to thrive, so you don’t have to worry about it taking over your garden.
However, monstera plants do have aerial roots that can grow quite long. These roots grow down from the stem of the plant, and they can get up to several feet in length.
Will Monstera Aerial Roots Damage Walls?
Aerial roots can damage walls if they’re not properly trimmed. The roots are quite strong, and they can cause cracks and other damage as they grow. If you have aerial roots growing on your walls, be sure to trim them regularly to prevent any damage.
The roots won’t suddenly grow huge and strong, so you have plenty of time to prune them or move the plant if necessary. In fact, some people like it when their monstera roots climb walls! Just be sure to keep an eye on them and trim them as needed.
In conclusion, monstera does not have invasive roots. However, the aerial roots can grow long and climb walls, so be sure to keep an eye on them. I hope this article was helpful in answering your question!
Thanks for reading!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.