Are you looking for a way to save your Monstera? We all know how difficult it can be to keep this tropical plant alive. It’s tough enough when they are healthy, but what do you do when they start getting leggy? This article will share some easy steps that will help revive your Monstera and get them back on their feet!
How to Fix a Leggy Monstera?
Monstera plants become leggy when they are not getting enough light. The leggier they get, the less healthy and beautiful they will look in your home or office. If you want to save your monstera from becoming a skeleton of its former self, read on!
You can fix a leggy monstera by giving it more light. If you have the space, move your monstera to an area that gets at least six hours of full sun each day. Also, be sure to rotate the pot every week so all sides are exposed equally over time.
I will now go into further depth on what you can do to save your leggy monstera plant…
1) Move your monstera to a brighter location
If you have been keeping your monstera plant in a dark corner, it is time to move the plant into an area that gets at least six hours of full sunlight each day.
However, do not put the monstera right next to a window as this could burn its leaves! Place the pot near a bright filtered light source instead or put it outside in the shade during the summer.
In addition, if you have a leggy monstera that is outdoors on your porch or patio where it gets good light all day long, be sure to rotate the pot every week so all sides of its leaves are exposed equally over time.
If you do not have enough space for full sun, you can also try supplementing with full-spectrum grow lights for monsteras. These will help provide the light that a monstera plant needs to be healthy while helping you control its environment. Here’s a quick link to my favorite on Amazon.
2) Prune the leggy leaves from your pothos
As your monstera plant grows taller, its leaves will start to stretch out more. Do not panic! You can keep it healthy by pruning the leggy parts of the monstera that are sticking straight up or out too far from their branch.
Monsteras need at least some space between their leaves for good airflow and health, but they do not need to have a lot of space between their leaves.
If you do not prune the monstera, its leaves will grow leggy and fall off on their own as they get older. You may also see brown parts where the leaf has been cut that could lead to disease or fungus if it stays moist for too long.
If you keep pruning and cutting away leggy leaves from a monstera it will continue growing taller with newer growth at the top that has healthier leaves!
I recommend using a pair of sterilized shears to remove the leggy leaves by cutting them at their base. Be sure to sterilize your shears with rubbing alcohol before and after use for safety.
Leggy Monstera FAQ
Monsteras are one of the most popular plants in the world, so I get a lot of questions about what to do when they become leggy.
Should I repot a leggy monstera plant?
It’s a good idea to repot your monstera plant if it has been leggy for a long time. As I mentioned above, the best way to get your Monstera plant back on its feet is by giving it lighter and pruning away excess leaves.
If the monstera has grown so big that the roots are growing around the inside of the pot, it’s time to repot your plant. To do so, simply remove all of its soil and replace it with fresh dirt that is moist but not wet or soggy.
What position should I keep my leggy monstera plant in?
If your monstera is leggy but still has some leaves, keep it in a bright filtered light location. If the plant gets direct sun, place it in an area that does not get too hot or sunny to avoid burning its leaves and stems.
Should I cut back my leggy monstera?
Yes! Cut any leggy leaves from the monstera plant to keep it healthy and full. This will help your plant start growing new leaves and branches that will be more compact than the older ones.
Will a leggy monstera plant recover?
Yes, your monstera will recover from being leggy if you give it the proper care. If you notice that your monstera plant is becoming tall and lanky, move it to a location with bright filtered light or full sun during the summer months.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that your monstera plant needs light and pruning in order to stop it from becoming leggy. Use these two tips for keeping a healthy, beautiful monstera!
I hope this article helps you keep your monstera plant healthy and looking great. Be sure to let me know how these tips worked for you – I’d love to hear about your experience.
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.