Why Does My Monstera Deliciosa Have Yellow Leaves? (2 reasons why)

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I love my Swiss cheese plant (Monstera Deliciosa)! It’s a popular houseplant that is known for its round, green, large leaves. Although it seems like a common plant, it actually has many interesting features, like its fenestrated leaves.

Looking into the future, I think my next purchase will be a Monstera Adansonii. I love how unique they are and the fact that they can grow on walls. I want to hang it outside on my balcony.

However, one day I noticed that it was yellowing and got super worried that something bad happened to it! I tried everything from pruning the dead leaves to spraying insecticide on them. Nothing seemed to work and eventually, the poor thing died.

Then, after some research online, I realized that this is actually quite common for monsteras since they are tropical plants.

So, if you’re wondering why does my monstera deliciosa have yellow leaves, the answer is simple.

They need more sunlight to thrive!

The trick is simply how much light you give them in their environment! Now my monstera deliciosa thrives in its new home where it gets plenty of sunlight and water every week or so. This has saved me so much time because now I don’t have to spend hours watering or pruning the plant like before! My friends tell me all the time how healthy and happy my monstera looks these days too 🙂

While sunlight is a common reason for the cause of yellowing leaves, there are other factors that would need to be maintained as well.

  • Overwatering – make sure soil isn’t soggy when you water!
  • Too little water for your indoor plant’s needs. make sure your new plants have plenty of water and natural light in order for them to thrive!
  • Inadequate sunlight – check windowsill during various times throughout the day; try adding some fertilizer to the soil
  • Inadequate nutrients – try adding fertilizer to the soil
  • Low humidity in the air – try a humidity tray to increase moisture in the air or use a humidifier (this one has some pretty useful features)
  • Temperature too low – raise the temperature to at least 68 degree
  • Insects – make sure your soil is free of pests and fungal diseases (neem oil and insecticidal soap are two of my favorite quick solutions for pests)

These plants do not like very wet soil so be careful while watering, this will help avoid over-watering which can lead to leaves starting to turn yellow as well.

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Some quick tips on how to keep your monstera deliciosa healthy:

a healthy monstera leaf because of the reasons listed in the why does my monstera deliciosa have yellow leaves article
  • A warm and humid environment is key.
  • To prune the leaves, use a sharp pair of scissors and cut off any yellowing or brown leaves.
    • Make sure to sterilize your scissors before cutting off the leaves.
  • Don’t forget to water your monstera regularly!
    • Fill up a watering can, preferably with a long sprout, or use a hose with an attachment that has small holes so you don’t drench all of the soil and cause it to stay wet for too long.
    • Use tepid water to avoid shocking the roots
    • Make sure your pot has a drainage hole!
  • Encourage more airflow (but avoid hot and cold drafts) around the plant and make sure there’s never any standing water on the bottom of plant’s pot.
  • Since Monsteras are tropical plants, they should be grown in 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 75 degrees during day time.
    • It needs to be exposed to warm temperatures for most of the day for it to thrive
  • Monsteras should be grown in moist soil that is high in organic matter and filtered water from rain or other sources to prevent clogged pores on the leaves and tips of stems.
  • Monstera deliciosa will also benefit from diluted fertilizer every month; try adding some compost to your potting mix as well which provides nutrients like nitrogen and potassium.
    • A general rule of thumb is to use half the recommended dosage on the package as a starting point.
  • Clean monstera leaves once every few months to help keep them shiny and healthy. (this genius tool will take you less than 5 minutes to clean)

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How do you keep monsteras from turning yellow?

The key to preventing a monstera from turning yellow is to make sure that it’s placed in enough sunlight.

The amount of sunlight will be significant for the plant because you always want them facing as much light as possible. You also want to water them just enough so they’re not dry and soil should be moist but never wet, especially during winter when plants are dormant or indoor grown.

a close up of a monstera deliciosa with yellow leaves

An indoor plant should be watered when it feels dry to the touch. You may also check with a finger at the soil line and see if it is moist. Using a soil meter is an even better way to check the moisture of your soil.

  1. Water your plant by wetting the top of the soil.
    1. Put water on all parts of the soil and not just on one small part.
  2. Stop watering when you see water spilling out of the drainage hole.
  3. Be sure to allow some extra time for dripping off water before placing your pot back on its saucer or whatever wider container in which it’s contained.
  4. Bottom watering is a great option as well to ensure the roots are absorbing what they need

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Should I cut yellow leaves off Monstera?

Yes, cut the yellow leaves off of your monstera. Though you may have an emotional attachment to it, the plant needs to be pruned in order for its leaf structure not to get too large.

The benefit of cutting away some leaves is that it will allow your plant’s energy flow to run smoothly through other parts of its body.

While you are in the process of cutting away some leaves, it is also a good idea to remove any dead stems or branches that may be present. If there are broken pieces on your plant, then this would be an excellent time for them to see if they need to get repaired.

monstera leaves yellowing that may be due to overwater or lack of sunlight

There is no reason you should have yellowing leaves on your plant when you can do something about it!

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What are the signs of my Monstera turning yellow?

If your monstera is showing any of these below, then there’s a good chance that it needs more light:

* Leaves turn pale or yellow and dry up on ends; leaves show brown spots.

* Leaves will either wilt or is drooping towards the ground.

* Leaves become limp and show signs of shriveling up, especially during winter when plants are dormant or in an indoor environment where it has low humidity levels or dry air.

It is important to make sure that the soil stays moist at all times if you want healthy leaves on your plant. The best way to do this is by using a water meter and setting a timer for when to water the plant so that its soil never dries out completely.

You can also check with a moisture meter or use your finger to determine whether or not the soil needs watering again after having already watered it recently.

As soon as you see yellowing of the leaves, start monitoring how often and how much you should be watering your plants each day until they return back to their normal green coloration.

Thereafter keep an eye on them every couple of days until they are growing healthily again and don’t let them get too dry in between waterings either!

How do I make my Monstera turn green?

To get your monstera to turn green, it may be a good idea to remove any yellow leaves that are present. This will help with the plant’s appearance as well as its health! If you’re still worried about your Monstera turning yellow then try adding some fertilizer into their soil in order for them to grow more quickly and produce new leaves.

by providing proper monstera plant care, it will thrive just like the close up of this monstera plant

Oftentimes, the yellowing of the leaves is caused by a lack of sunlight. However, if you have low light conditions and your plant still has yellow leaves then it may be because the soil doesn’t contain enough nutrients or too much moisture due to overwatering.

If your plant is starting up its new growth cycle and is still showing signs of yellow leaves, then it may be caused by too much moisture.

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How can I grow my Monstera?

For those who are looking to learn how they can grow their own monsteras from seedlings or cuttings, you should know that there is no special care required for this plant.

The most important thing is making sure your new plants have enough water and light in order for them to thrive! These plants do not like very wet soil so make sure the dirt isn’t soggy when watering them.

And if you’re growing indoors make sure that the windowsill has plenty of natural sunlight available during all parts of the day. Or use grow lights. They do come in handy, especially in the wintertime.

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Do I need to water my Monstera plant?

The most important thing you should do for your monstera is making sure it has enough sunlight and that the soil isn’t too wet or soggy. If you are growing indoors, then be careful not to over-water since this can lead to yellow leaves on your plants!

The amount will vary based on how much sun they receive but generally speaking, a good rule of thumb is every two weeks during winter months in order for them to thrive while being inside as well as outside when planting them into their natural environment. Make sure you’re checking for moist soil, which means never allowing the dirt to get dry or completely saturated with sitting water at any point in time.

large monstera leaves with watering drops

You might see the leaves turn yellow if there is an excess of water, or this could be a sign that the plant needs more sunlight and should be placed in a different area with less shade from other plants or trees.

It’s also possible that your soil doesn’t contain enough nutrients for them to grow properly which can lead to yellowing as well. If you are still worried about your Monstera turning yellow then try adding some fertilizer into their soil in order for them to grow faster and produce new leaves!

**Or try this as an alternative. I tend to add a few drops every other time I water my Monstera plants and I have been more than impressed with it.

Lastly, make sure they’re watered at least every 2-3 weeks during the winter months. And always remember that the soil should always be moist and never completely saturated.

How do I care for my Monstera?

Don’t forget to check up on your plant every week during the colder months for any signs of yellowing!

  • If only the older leaves are yellowing, this is a natural process as the plant ages and nothing has to be done.
  • Make sure you have plenty of bright indirect sunlight
    • Take note of how much light your Monstera is receiving, and adjust it’s position accordingly. This houseplant thrives under bright, indirect light.
  • During its growing season, or the start of warmer months, water your plants whenever the soil feels dry on the surface.
    • Water your plant at least every 2-3 weeks during winter months but never allow it to get dry
  • If the soil is wet and your plant has yellow, mushy stems, it is likely overwatered or has root rot.
    • Reduce your watering frequency and replant in new, dry soil.
    • Make sure the potting mix is always moist but never completely saturated.
  • If the soil feels dry to touch and the Monstera has yellow/brown dried leaf tips, you may be under watering the plant. In this case, give it a good drink.
  • Fertilize no more than once a month with a dilute fertilizer during the spring to summer.
    • If you fertilized too much and notice salt buildup, flush out the soil with water.
    • This plant food will work just as well
  • Monstera are fond of warm temperatures and high humidity. Avoid suddenly changing the temperature or keeping it out in the cold.
  • Check closely for any signs of pest infestation and get rid of them asap using neem oil or insecticidal soap
  • Repot indoor plants every 1-2 year or when its outgrowing its pot
a monstera being trained to grow on a moss pole

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Final thoughts on why does my Monstera Deliciosa have yellow leaves

If you are looking for a plant that is hard to kill, the monstera may be perfect for your space.

I’m not going to lie, the Monstera deliciosa is a crazy plant. It has very specific needs and thrives in certain environments that can be difficult for people with limited space or resources to provide.

The leaves of this plant will grow as tall and wide as they can so be sure to provide enough room in its pot or container. This vine-like nature also means that they need plenty of support from their environment – think bamboo trellis or moss pole.

That said, it is possible to care for your monstera properly if you follow these tips!

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