We’ve all seen pictures of the absurdly large Monstera Deliciosa that seems to take up a room on Instagram. Despite the fact that it may be motivating, not everyone wants or has the room for a plant that genuinely lives up to its monstrous reputation. What are the requirements if you want to keep your Monstera at a more manageable size?
A Monstera can you keep it small? Yes, but it’s a little bit of a climb. Limiting the amount of light that these rapidly expanding plants receive, trimming back the leaves, stems, and roots, and avoiding repotting the plant can all help them stay smaller. But ultimately, they will continue to expand quickly.
If you’re not one among the many people who use the internet to research how to grow the biggest Monstera possible, that’s okay too. Even small Monsteras can become the center of any room without taking over the entire area. Continue reading to find out how to prune your Monstera Deliciosa, why you should, and what you can do with the extra cuttings.
How do you prevent Monstera from growing out of control?
Monsteras don’t mind if their roots are a little constrained in terms of pot size. They only require repotting around every two to three years. You can repot your Monstera into the same pot rather than size it up if you want to prevent it from growing any bigger. You are still able to feed your Monstera nutrition while also telling it to stop growing further.
In order for your plant to retain water for at least a few days, make sure there is enough potting soil surrounding the roots. The remaining soil in a pot that is completely filled with roots may quickly dry up and harm your plant.
In this instance, consider root pruning. Although it can be unsettling because we always take care to protect the roots of our plants, they can withstand some harsh treatment. One of the greatest ways to maintain a Monstera in the same size pot without endangering the plant’s general health is to trim back roots.
How is a tiny Monstera grown?
This year, Rhaphidophora tetrasperma has gained enormous popularity, and it may be mostly due to how spectacular it seems and how simple it is to grow; this is no diva plant! This plant is adaptable and content in a variety of situations, as evidenced by the fact that it may be found in a variety of rainforest conditions in its native habitats of Malaysia and Thailand.
Please be advised that the plant could be dangerous if consumed; keep both children and animals away from it.
- If your plant has scorched or pale leaves, it is receiving too much direct sun. Move to an area that is more shaded because mini monsteras have less of a waxy covering than its namesake (the monstera deliciosa).
- Spots or patches on leaves: There may be a few causes, but over-watering is probably to blame if the spots are brown and mushy. The optimum water to use is always tepid (room temperature), as lighter colored areas can indicate shock from cold water.
- Brown margins on the foliage: Several problems can show up in this way. If your houseplant is close to a heat source, air conditioner, or draught, dry air is the most frequent problem. Another potential issue is inconsistent irrigation.
- New leaves are tiny. To maintain the health of your rhaphidophora tetrasperma as a climbing houseplant, you may need to cut the vines when they become very long. It’s possible that your plant isn’t receiving enough light or humidity if the leaves are consistently small.
- No leaf splits: This plant’s fenestrations, or splits in the leaves, are one of its most distinctive characteristics and what gives it a monstera deliciosa-like appearance. Move to a brighter location or install a support if there are poor lighting conditions or no poles or trellises to provide support.
- Older leaves will naturally turn yellow and fall off as they progress through the life cycle. But if many leaves fall off at once, it can be from prolonged overwatering or chilly drafts.
- Pests: Red spider mite, thrips, and aphids are some to be especially wary of in warm, dry circumstances. Incorrect care and a lack of humidity are the major reasons pests may arise. The greatest defense against pests is to maintain high humidity, however neem oil or insecticidal soap can be used to treat this houseplant if bugs are already present. Keep the plant isolated and repeat weekly until entirely pest-free.
- Origin: Native to Malaysia and Thailand in both wet and dry jungle environments.
- 1.5 meters tall with a 1-meter span.
- Light: Bright, filtered indirect light is ideal, while it can also be used in lower light levels. Avoid direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves.
- Water: Use room-temperature water to keep the soil moist, but don’t let the plant sit in it. During the dormant seasons of fall and winter, let the plant dry out in between waterings because too much water can stress it out.
- Moderate humidity and frequent misting are advantageous. Your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma will grow healthier and have larger leaves if the humidity is at a good level.
- Temperature: The tiny monstera will thrive in temperatures between 12 and 27 degrees Celsius. Avoid sharp temperature dips, and be cautious with draughts and open windows.
- The optimal soil for this houseplant is a free-draining organic potting mix that also lets the roots to breathe. Coco chips or orchid bark work just as well.
- During the growing season, Rhaphidophora tetrasperma receive frequent fertilization—twice a month (Spring and Summer). Due to its unusually quick growth, use a balanced fertilizer at half the recommended dilution level for this plant. To prevent fertilizer from scorching the roots, moisten the potting medium moderately if it is extremely dry before feeding.
- Repotting: Because of how quickly these plants develop, you should be prepared to conduct some occasional repotting. Early spring is the best time to do this because the plant has a period of active growth ahead of it. Repotting is required when roots start to “circle” around the nursery pot’s base. At this point, just a few centimeters should be added to the pot’s size.
- Pruning: Mini monsteras like having their stems cut down when they become especially long. Trim a few centimeters below a leaf node that preferably has an aerial root underneath it with a sterile blade (bobbly bit that looks like a root forming). then begin to spread! (See under)
- There are two ways this can happen. The cuttings can either be planted straight in coco chips or left to root in water for a few weeks (for lots of aeration). If the plant is in water, don’t pot it on until the roots are a few centimeters long. Make sure to water frequently if you are cooking directly into coco chips.
Do miniature monsteras prefer little pots?
Mini Monsteras love bright, filtered light, therefore they should be situated close to a window with lots of sunlight. Its leaves get their distinctive heart shape and deep splits as a result of receiving just the proper amount of sunlight. Although this plant can tolerate low light levels, it won’t do its well-known leaf-splitting or climbing stunts and will instead grow slowly and have lesser foliage. On the other side, too much sun might make your leaves dry out and turn yellow. Our best piece of advise is to give your new friend access to bright shade for the majority of the day and some early sunlight.
Like the majority of other aroids and mankind, the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma does not like extremes in temperature. Temperatures between 55 and 85 °F are ideal for these plants. Avoid heating or air conditioning vents in the summer or winter to lessen any stress on your shiny climber.
In the warmer months, you may move your RT outside to create a tropical atmosphere on your patio or balcony. When the temperature drops at night, they can be very laid-back, but you should bring them inside if it dips below 55F. Always make sure this plant is receiving the right light wherever you decide to display it because it is thought to grow quickly!
Letting Your Mini Monstera Climb
Did we already explain that the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma enjoys climbing? Of course we have; it’s just one of their many appealing qualities that makes them so well-liked by lovers of indoor plants. Our Mini Monstera is pre-trained to climb using its totem, and it will do so as it becomes bigger by using its aerial roots. Find literally whatever you can to fasten new growth to the totem when it emerges from the plant’s base. Examples include nursery tape, zip ties, and handcuffs—okay, maybe not handcuffs, but you get the idea. Just be careful not to detract from the look by making it as unnoticeable as you can. Always keep in mind that your RT will create more new, climbing growth the more sunlight it receives!
Although some people may adore the way RTs spill out of hanging baskets, permitting them to hang will really lead to uneven growth and smaller leaves devoid of the distinctive splits. They will live a happy and healthy life if you keep them as floor plants and let them climb whatever structure you want. They will also thank you by creating an exotic atmosphere to any room you choose.
We usually advise keeping your new plant acquisitions in the grow pot they came in; all you need to do is pick a slightly larger pot that matches your decor and set the grow pot inside. However, because the Mini Monstera grows quickly, the day can come when its roots can no longer go beyond the confines of its original grow container. If it appears that up-potting is required, start by locating a larger grow pot and some indoor planting soil. Remove your Mini Monstera from its current grow pot with care, then fill the bottom few inches of the new grow pot with dirt. Place the root ball on top of the fresh soil after that, then add a little more soil on top of that until the root ball is completely covered. Voila! Give it a misty shower. Your miniature climber is prepared to embark on new journeys.
Because these plants have a slight poisonous effect on animals, make sure the area where you choose to let them climb is out of your pet’s reach. Mini Monstera plants are actually extremely simple to cultivate; all they need to become tall and beautiful is the correct amount of light, a considerate feeding and watering schedule, and plenty of love.
How can sideward growth of Monstera be prevented?
Right now, Monstera Deliciosa is a stylish and well-liked houseplant, and it’s simple to understand why. The room’s broad, glossy, dark-green leaves have a tropical feel to it, and under the correct circumstances, they develop swiftly. In fact, this plant’s potential for growing too large for some homes is one of its only drawbacks. When a Monstera grows large, it often tips over or leans to one side.
How can a Monstera Deliciosa be kept from leaning over? Staking a Monstera Deliciosa with a support like a moss pole, trellis, or garden stakes is the best way to keep it growing upright. These natural climbers can be trained to climb these poles by being connected to them, and they will be supported as they do so.
Although a Monstera won’t be harmed by not growing upright, most people like them to be as straight and tall as possible for aesthetic and spatial reasons. To help you keep your Monstera looking the way you want it to, I’ll go into further depth below why why this occurs in the first place.
How much height can a small Monstera reach?
The little monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma), so named for its striking resemblance to the majestic Monstera deliciosa, is actually not a monstera but a member of the separate genus Rhaphidophora. Rhaphidophora plants are distantly related to those in the Monstera genus since they both come from tropical parts of Africa and Asia and are members of the Araceae family. This genus has about 100 different species. Like its Monstera relatives, the mini monstera thrives in indoor environments and makes a great houseplant.
As their common name suggests, this unusual fenestrated plant is an excellent choice if you’re trying to expand your collection of little vining plants. The mini monstera typically reaches a height of 6 to 8 feet indoors, with leaves that are 6 to 8 inches long. As a climbing plant in its natural habitat, the tiny monstera will flourish if given a support to climb on inside, like a moss pole or trellis.
Can the top of my Monstera be cut off?
Fortunately, trimming a monstera is not too difficult. Since they are a hardy plant, they don’t need to be meticulously pruned. In other words, even if you don’t perform a great job, your plant will probably be alright.
You’ll want to remember a few things, though:
1. Put on gloves. When pruning or propagating your monstera, be sure to use protective gloves because the sap is poisonous and can cause severe skin irritation.
2. Use a tidy, sharp instrument. You can avoid crushing or damaging the stem by using sharp pruning shears or a knife to make the cut. Your plant is also shielded from hazardous microorganisms by clean tools. Bacterial diseases can even spread to your other plants and are difficult to treat. (Protect your monstera from insects, fungi, and bacteria with our Houseplant Leaf Armor!)
Instead of slicing the stem off, just give it a good snip or chop while cutting. The cleanest cut will be made as a result.
3. If you can, prune in the spring, especially if you want to promote growth. Growth spurts occur in the spring and summer for the majority of plants, including monstera. Pruning in the spring will yield the best benefits and hasten the recovery of your plant. You should prune in the spring because that is when your cuttings will grow the fastest if you intend to propagate them.
4. Arrange the slices. Starting at the base of the stem, remove any outdated or diseased leaves.
Cut where you want the plant to grow if you are pruning to promote growth. Make a top cut if you want it to grow higher.
When the time comes to actually trim your monstera, keep in mind that pruning promotes growth so choose where to make your cuts. You can safely reduce the plant’s size if you’re pruning to manage your monstera’s size. Just remember that it will eventually need to be done again because it will grow back.
5. Be sure to cut below a node if you’re propagating. Don’t be concerned if you’re only trimming to reduce the size of your plant or get rid of dead leaves. However, if you want to grow your cuttings from them, make sure that they have a node, which is a tiny knob that develops on the stem opposite a leaf. When your cutting begins to grow, these will subsequently develop into aerial roots!
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6. Prevent unintentional proliferation. When you’re done pruning, be careful to dispose of your cuttings in the trash if you’re not going to propagate them because if you place them in a compost pile or somewhere else where they can root in the earth, they’ll start to grow roots.
I’m done now! Don’t be afraid to prune your monstera; it’s an essential yet easy component of care for this plant. This plant develops rapidly and bounces back quickly from pruning. Good fortune!