Monstera plants are a beautiful addition to any home. They provide a unique look and can be enjoyed all year round. But what do you do with your monstera during the winter months?
We’ve put together a complete guide on how to care for your monstera during the winter! Follow these simple steps, and your plant will make it through the cold weather just fine.
How Do You Take Care of a Monstera Plant in the Winter?
The best way to take care of a monstera plant in the winter is by keeping it warm. Monstera plants are tropical plants, so they can’t be allowed to get cold. Ideally, your monstera will live in temperatures between 65F – 85F during the winter months.
If you live in areas with cold winters, it is best to bring your monstera indoors for its own protection. I will now cover the main areas of monstera plant care, so nothing can go wrong with your monstera this winter…
Watering Monstera in Winter
Water your monstera plant sparsely in winter. Monsteras are from tropical climates, so these plants do not require a lot of water in the wintertime. You want to avoid overwatering your plant and creating root rot or mold issues!
Check for moisture by using a finger to feel if the soil is moist about two inches deep. If it’s dry, you can add a SMALL amount of water until the top of the soil is moist.
It’s also important to always use pots with drainage holes, especially in winter. These pots ensure no water will collect in the soil and cause root rot.
Pruning Monstera in Winter
Monstera’s are a slow-growing plant, so they do not require much pruning throughout the winter months – other than dead leaves. If the plant did get damaged, then trim off any yellowed parts of leaves that have been damaged from cold drafts or frostbite.
Always use a pair of sterilized scissors when pruning to avoid any fungus or bacteria spreading.
Monstera Light Requirements in Winter
Keep your monstera plant away from bright, direct sunlight. These plants do best with indirect light during the winter months – like under a breakfast table near windows that aren’t exposed to harsh sunlight.
If you must move your monstera out of doors for some time, make sure it’s placed on the south side where it will be getting more sun exposure throughout the day! This ensures no burning leaves caused by too much direct light hitting the leaves.
If you live in a country that doesn’t get much natural sun in the winter (like here in the UK), you may want to use a grow light to ensure your monstera gets enough light to flourish.
Monstera Humidity Requirements in Winter
Be sure to monitor indoor humidity levels if keeping inside over the winter season. If there is not enough moisture surrounding these plants, they will undoubtedly show signs of leaf dropping or wilting leaves because their environment is too dry.
You can use humidifiers indoors around them, which help raise humidity levels back up. A more natural way to provide humidity is humidity trays, although there is some debate as to how much they help.
Where To Keep Monstera Inside During Winter?
Move plant away from heating vents, exterior doorways, or windowsills that are extremely drafty. Your best bet would be to group them together by other houseplants in warmer parts of your home if possible (ex: behind closed doors).
Monstera Winter Care FAQ
Caring for a monstera in winter is a complicated subject. As such, I shall now answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
How often should I water my Monstera during winter?
You should water your Monstera once every week and a half to two weeks. This will ensure that the soil is sufficiently moist, but not overwatered.
Can monstera survive winter?
Yes, if kept indoors and exposed to bright, indirect light. In order for this plant to thrive, it needs plenty of sun exposure and warmth (but not excessive heat). It does okay during winter as long there’s protection from freezing temps.
How should I prune my monstera during winter?
You can prune your monstera plant in the fall after you have moved it indoors before the first frost occurs. This will ensure that no cold damage is done while trimming off dead or dying leaves and flowers.
Should I fertilize my monstera in the winter?
You should not fertilize your monstera plant in the winter. The nutrients which are present during fall and summer help your monstera get through the colder months, so it is best to let them rest during winter until spring comes around again.
Do monstera grow new leaves in winter?
No, monstera does not produce any new leaves during winter. They will stop growing and may go dormant in the colder months until spring begins again, so it is best to keep them indoors throughout these months if you live somewhere where frost occurs often (or even at all).
What temperature is too cold for a monstera?
Anything below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celcius) is too cold for a monstera. They are tropical plants that originate from the rainforest, so it is best to keep your monstera in a location where they do not get any cold drafts and/or freezing temperatures (such as behind closed doors or near exterior doorways) if you want them to survive.
When should I bring my monstera inside?
You should bring your monstera plant indoors before the first frost occurs where you live. This will help ensure that it doesn’t get damaged from low temps which can cause browning, wilting, and even death in extreme cases.
Should I move my monstera away from the winter in winter?
Yes, it is important to move your monstera away from the cold winter drafts and exterior doorways when you bring them indoors. I recommend keeping the monstera at least 3 inches away from any windows. This stops the leaves from becoming damaged if the windows freeze overnight.
In conclusion, there are many things you can do to care for a monstera plant in winter. As long as it is kept indoors and receives plenty of indirect light, warmth (but not excessive heat), and protection from freezing temps with drafts occurring near the plants, your monstera should be just fine during these colder months!
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post on monstera winter care. Please do check out my other posts on monsteras.
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.