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Yellowing monstera!

Hello, I’m not sure whether this forum deals with house plants but I’ll give it a try anyway! I have had a monstera deliciosa for about 8 months now, it gets watered regularly or when the soil is dry and faces a western window with drainage. However recently the leaves have started to yellow and brown patches have appeared. Please could anyone tell me what I am doing wrong??

Many thanks in advance.


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,551
    Hi there, does the pot have good drainage?  I'm thinking maybe overwatering. 
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Hi, the monstera is in a pot with holes and sits in a drainage dish which is never full with water. I have just checked and it could possibly be root bound. Do you think this could be a cause?? Thanks very much for replying.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,890
    You can check if it's root bound by looking at the base of the pot to see if roots are sticking out. What do you feed the plant and how regularly? It looks like it could be a couple of problems to me. Lack of nutrients causing the yellowing and lack of water causing the brown areas.
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  • I think it’s root bound and haven’t fed the plant at all as I am totally clueless with regards to plant! Do you have any advice on what to feed it and how often?? Thank you so much!!
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,890
    If it was my plant I'd give it a liquid feed now using baby bio or whatever houseplant feed you can get then leave off feeding for the winter. Then in the spring you can either repot and add slow release granules which should last it for the season or get into a monthly feeding regime using the liquid feed. I like to feed all my plants on the first sunday of the month in the growing season and maybe a mid month feed for vigourous plants if they look like they need it. Use rainwater if you can and at least once a year try to give the soil a good flush through with rainwater to get rid of any buildup of minerals from the feed. Monstera like a bit of humidity so you could always try a foliar feed in a mister to perk it up a bit.
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  • Ah that is so so helpful thank you so much for your help! 
  • Ok guys I think we found the problem!!! Majorly root bound so is in a larger pot now and has been fed with baby bio and rainwater. Thanks for everyone’s help!! 
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,890
    Definitely needed repotting then! Hopefully it'll perk up a bit now.
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