The monstera is a beautiful, leafy plant that can be found in many homes across the world. However, if you are noticing your monstera is changing after repotting it, there could be some serious problems going on with your plant.
This blog post will go into detail about why this might happen, how to prevent it from happening again in the future, and what you can do to save your monstera.
Why Is My Monstera Dying After Repotting?
Your monstera is dying because of transplant shock, which occurs when there is a sudden change in the plant’s environment and it begins to shut down. This shock can be caused by moving your plant around, changing the soil type or pot size, changing temperatures, etc.
While repotting is usually a safe practice, there are some precautions you must take to keep your monstera happy.
Care – First, you should always be gentle with your monstera while moving it. It’s important not to damage any roots, leaves, or stems. This means you should never lift your monstera by any of the leaves and you definitely shouldn’t pull on them.
Soil – Second, you should prepare your monstera for repotting by gradually adjusting the soil. This will reduce the risk of transplant shock. You also need to be careful what soil you use for transplanting because some soils contain added fertilizers
Frequency – Finally, only repot your plant when absolutely necessary. It’s important to remember that repotting requires a lot of energy and resources for your monstera, so try not to do this unless you really need it.
Now that we’ve gone over why the monstera plant might be dying after being repotted, let’s talk about how you can save your monstera.
How Can I Save My Monstera from Transplant Shock?
If you notice any signs of transplant shock while repotting, there are some things that can be done to save your plant’s life:
Don’t repot your monstera again – This will likely cause more stress to your plant. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing!
Keep the plant out of drafts – Moving air around the leaves will cause them to dry up and die quickly. If there is a drafty windowsill nearby or doors opening nearby, keep the plant away from those areas as much as possible.
Be careful with light levels & location – Make sure to keep it away from any intense sunlight, direct heat sources, powerful monstera grow lights or anything else that might be too much for the plant at this point.
Put the plant in its old spot – If you can move your plant back to its original location, that will minimize any stress and hopefully get it back on the right track.
Prune any dead leaves – If any leaves have died, prune them off with sharp scissors or shears. This will reduce the stress on your plant and allow it to focus its energy on recovering from transplant shock instead of struggling against dead foliage.
What is the Best Way to Repot a Monstera?
I will now give my top tips when it comes to repotting a monstera plant, whether inside or outside:
Timing is important – It’s best to repot in spring or summer after new growth appears but before autumn arrives. However, repot your monstera if root rot is present.
Find a good pot – Make sure your monstera has enough room for its roots to grow and allow airflow around them. A good pot will also be heavy enough to prevent the plant from tipping over.
Choose soil – You should use a soil mix that is well-drained and high in organic material. Use an all-purpose potting soil or make your own by mixing peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite (worm castings), etc.
Carefully remove your monstera – Using a large spoon, carefully dig out your monstera by taking off the top layer of soil. The next step is to gently separate any tangled roots from the old soil.
Remember to water – Water your plant regularly after repotting it! Make sure the soil is slightly moist but not too wet. Moving forward, only water when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Too much water can result in monstera sweating, as well as other more serious issues.
Monstera plants are sensitive and can easily suffer from transplant shock if they’re moved, repotted, or when there’s a sudden change of environment. This happens because their roots have been disrupted, which causes them to stop taking up nutrients and water. Their leaves may even fall off!
When this occurs, it will lead to wilting leaves that gradually turn brown or black before falling off altogether. Just be sure to follow the lessons discussed in this article to avoid this problem in the future.
I hope this blog post has answered your questions about monstera plants and why they might be dying after repotting. If you’d like to learn more about the care of this plant, like how to care for a monstera in winter, check out my other posts by using the search bar above.
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.