The monstera deliciosa is a plant that has been grown in both tropical and temperate climates. It has the ability to grow anywhere from 6-12 feet tall, which makes it perfect for growing indoors or outdoors.
In fact, this is one of the most popular houseplants in the world! It’s almost the perfect plant. However, monstera plants are known to weep or sweat.
If you have noticed water droplets on its leaves, then you need to know why this is happening and what you can do to stop it. Let’s take a closer inspection…
Why is My Monstera Weeping with Water Droplets?
Your monstera is weeping because it is experiencing guttation. This is why there are water droplets on your monstera.
Guttation is when a liquid form on leaves, due to excess water accumulating inside of them. This leads to droplets that form on the monstera deliciosa’s foliage, which can damage its appearance if left untreated. You want to take care of this problem as soon as possible!
As the soil becomes more and more saturated with water, roots will absorb more than they’re able to hold onto. This causes the xylem tissue (which transports sap) to send water to the leaves.
At night, the pores on the monstera leaf close, which creates a huge build-up of water in the leaf tissue. The only way for it to escape is by leaking from the pores, which makes it look like your monstera is weeping or sweating!
This weeping is a cool phenomenon but it is not behavior you should expect and accept in your home. If your monstera has been weeping for several days, it’s important to get the water away from its leaves.
Now that you know why your monstera is sweating (like it just returned from a session at the gym) it’s time to find out how we can stop it from happening…
How Do I Stop My Monstera from Weeping?
Luckily, there are a few simple solutions to prevent your monstera from weeping with water droplets.
The first thing you need to do is allow the soil of your monstera deliciosa plant to dry out between watering sessions. This will help slow down the rate at which water accumulates in its leaves and start preventing those dreaded leaks!
You should also make sure that you’re not over-watering it because this can cause other problems like root rot, which we don’t want either! Make sure it’s getting watered about once every week or two weeks, depending on how much light it receives and where you store your houseplant.
Another great way to stop the weeping is by improving the drainage of the soil. This means you need to break up the soil and add some coarse material like gravel, small rocks, or perlite. Adding these materials allows for better drainage in your monstera deliciosa plant’s roots.
Additionally, always use pots that have drainage holes, so any excess water can fall away without being taken in b the roots.
Is It Bad for My Monstera to Weep?
Although it can be annoying to see your monstera deliciosa plant weeping with water droplets, the good news is that it’s not a huge problem. However, if there are large amounts of water on leaves, then you should take action to avoid fungal infections and root rot.
So while guttation won’t kill you monstera, it can lead to other problems that are a lot more serious. The best thing to do is take preventative action before you have to deal with the dangers of root rot.
Weeping isn’t something we want our plants doing either because they’re just going to leave ugly stains all over whatever surface it happens to be sitting in front of.
Monstera Weeping FAQs
You may have a few more questions when it comes to guttation (I don’t blame you), so I will now answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
What causes guttation in plants?
Guttation is caused by excess water within the roots and soil of a plant. This can also happen as a result of overwatering, which is why it’s important to make sure you’re not drowning your monstera!
Additionally, guttation can occur at night because stomata close up during this time, creating a vacuum that pulls more water into the leaves.
Is dew on my monstera?
No, it is not dew. This is guttation, which occurs when extra water accumulates in the leaves of your plant due to issues with drainage or overwatering.
When will my monstera stop weeping?
Your monstera will stop weeping as soon as it is placed in a dry environment or when you allow excess water to drain from the soil.
Will monstera guttation cause a fungal infection?
Yes, guttation can cause a fungal infection because it creates a moist environment for fungi to develop. This is why it is so important to reduce monstera weeping as soon as you can.
Is guttation normal in monstera deliciosa?
Yes, monstera deliciosa is prone to guttation when the stomata open at night or if its roots are over-saturated with water. But this should not be confused with dew! This will simply cause your leaves to become wet and leave ugly stains everywhere they’re sitting.
In conclusion, monstera guttation isn’t a terrible thing, so don’t worry about it too much. It’s natural and if your monstera is wept with water droplets, there are a few easy solutions to fix the problem!
Your monstera will stop weeping with water droplets if you give it time to dry out, improve drainage of the soil, and provide good ventilation. With these simple steps in mind, your plant should be back on track before too long!
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.