How To Repot A Monstera With Root Rot

You won’t be able to repot your Monstera as usual if, after cutting back the roots, you discover that it no longer has any healthy roots. You will now need to assist it in developing new roots by propagating stem fragments.

Cut off any rotted Monsteraroots, stems, leaves, or other portions of the plant that have been impacted by root rot first.

Do you still have any stems with leaf nodes? If so, fantastic! Your Monstera is still alive.

Planting Monstera stem cuttings as though you were repotting them or growing them in water are the two primary methods of propagation.

Simply follow steps 4 and 5 above to propagate them in soil. Till the infant Monstera begins to form roots, keep it out of direct sunlight. Giving it a gentle tug will allow you to determine whether it has roots yet.

Put the Monstera stem in a glass or vase of fresh water to facilitate water propagation. To keep the water clean, change it every few days. You can repot it as in Step 4 after the plant begins to grow roots.

Can you prevent root rot on a Monstera?

The crucial step is this one. The only way to stop root rot is to fully remove it. Once you replant your Monstera in the ground, any sick tissue that is still there is likely to spread further.

You should clean your shears or scissors in between cuts, just like you did when trimming the leaves. When feasible, make a single, clean cut through each root to remove it. Your Monstera will have a tougher time healing ragged edges.

The only issue left is how much should be removed. Recall how before we advised you to use caution? So now is the time to be brutal.

After root rot, how do you repot?

You must take immediate action whether the issue is chronic overwatering or a single overwatering that sparked a flare-up of the root rot fungus. Your plant will have the best chance of survival if the root rot is treated right away.

By pulling the plant from the ground and cleaning the roots under running water, root rot can be treated to begin with. Wash the plant gently, removing as much soil and damaged roots as you can.

The remainder of the afflicted roots should then be cut off using a clean, sharp pair of shears or scissors. If the plant is severely afflicted by root rot, you might need to remove a sizable portion of the root system. If so, remove one-third to one-half of the plant’s leaves and wipe the shears or scissors with rubbing alcohol. As a result of having fewer leaves to support, the plant will have a higher chance of growing new roots.

Dispose of the soil in the pot the plant was in to continue treating root rot. Use a bleach solution to thoroughly clean the pot.

If at all feasible, destroy any potential root rot fungus by dipping the remaining healthy roots in a fungicide solution. Repot the plant in a fresh potting mix after treating the plant’s root rot.

Only water the plant until the top of the soil feels dry, and make sure the container has sufficient drainage. Don’t fertilize the plant when its roots are regrowing because this could stress it. You don’t want to have to treat the plant’s root rot once more. Now that the plant has a chance to heal, hopefully you’ll have your lovely houseplant back.

What symptoms indicate Monstera root rot?

Although monteras are tough, they are prone to stem, leaf, and root rots. Overwatering is the most frequent cause of root rot, while there are other causes as well. The plant can die if the root rot illness is not addressed.

Yellowing foliage, black-brown, mushy roots, and stunted development are indications of monstera root rot. To treat root rot, take the monstera out of the pot, cut off the damaged roots, and clean the healthy ones with a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide. To resuscitate the plant, repotte it with fresh potting soil.

When repotting Monstera, should the roots be disturbed?

You need to divide or repot your Monstera into two or more smaller plants in order to free it from its root-bound condition. Either way, this will make sure that your plant’s roots have enough room to spread out and grow.

It is best to act sooner rather than later if you find that your Swiss Cheese plant is root-bound, similar to when your Monstera suddenly starts to droop. Your plant might return to growing and producing strong leaves and new stems as soon as you allow it more area to expand.

How do you repot a root bound Monstera plant?

It is straightforward and just needs to follow a few easy procedures to repot a Monstera plant that has become root-bound:

  • Take the plant out of the pot, then delicately unwrap some of the roots to prevent further round, constrictive growth.
  • Making careful to add enough soil, fill the bottom of the new pot so that when the Monster is placed inside, the top of the root ball will be a few inches below the top of the new pot.
  • With one hand, carefully hold the plant while you begin to fill in the area surrounding the roots with fresh dirt. Be careful not to remove all the air pockets as you tap the earth down to support the plant.
  • Making sure not to bury the plant too deeply in the pot, fill the pot with dirt up to the top of the root ball of the plant and stop.
  • If you want to encourage your Monstera to climb as it grows in its new pot, water the plant and add a support post for it or a trellis.

And considering how much better suited for its continued growth this will likely be, moving your Monstera from its small pot into something bigger that’s going to be the best pot for your Monstera is really all that’s required. As previously said, splitting or repotting your Monstera will work to free up the roots, with both procedures essentially needing the same amount of effort.

Your plant will grow significantly over the next few months since its roots will like having more room to spread out and flourish. Repotting or splitting your formerly root-bound Monstera also provides the plant the chance to get new soil, which will give it the chance to develop and thrive by giving it more nutrients.

Due to this, it is advised that you:

  • When handling your Monstera plant, wear gloves.
  • After you’ve replanted or pruned your Monstera, thoroughly wash your hands. Before you eat or use the restroom, you should thoroughly wash off any sap that has gotten on your skin, even through work gloves.
  • To prevent accidently putting sap in your eyes or lips while working, avoid touching your face.

How do you split a root bound Monstera?

To solve the problem, you can divide a bigger root-bound Monstera into multiple smaller plants by doing the following easy steps:

  • The day before splitting, water the Monstera plant well to assist loosen the soil and make sure the roots are not unduly strained. This will prevent you from starting to stress it more by cutting it.
  • Use the same procedures as for the other methods to remove your plant from the pot.
  • Look for natural branches and offshoots by cutting through the roots and the stems’ junction point with a clean knife or pair of clippers.
  • Remember that it is better to have two healthy plants than three stressed plants, so make sure that each new plant you cut off has enough roots and leaves to flourish.
  • Take your new pots, fill them with potting soil, and if you’d like, add a slow-release fertilizer for your Monstera.
  • Filling in the fresh soil and gently tamping it down will anchor the roots and support the plant in the new container. Support the plant so the top of the roots are a few inches below the lip of the pot.
  • Fill the pot to the brim with dirt, covering the topmost roots with a thin layer so they are not exposed but taking care not to bury them too deeply.
  • Make sure the plant can stand up on its own, tap the pot gently on your work surface, and then properly water the plant.
  • As you would usually, take care of it, keeping in mind that as it gets used to the new growth conditions, some of the leaves may turn yellow and fall off.

Within a few weeks, fresh growth will become apparent. Also keep in mind that your Monstera (now two! ), which might be in shock from the splitting and transplanting, will require more care and attention than normal during this period. This is very normal, and your plants should recover over time.

How is a monstera brought back to life?

  • Reduce the amount of fertilizer you use. Although it is recommended to use fertilizer, avoid adding any more while the plant is wilting. Once the top inch of the soil feels fairly dry (after about a week or two), water your monstera with a nice bath under the facet (or tap) to help dissolve extra salts that can build up due to fertilizer. This should also help to rehydrate the monstera’s droopy leaves.
  • Always give monstera a good soak, allowing any extra water to drip out the bottom of the pot. Give the monstera a good watering to ensure that the soil is evenly moist because drooping leaves are one of the first symptoms of drought stress. However, if the monstera’s soil is already moist, do not water because doing so could promote root rot, which would explain the plant’s drooping leaves.
  • Place your monstera in a location with strong, indirect lighting. Too much shade might result in drooping leaves and stems, while full light is too intense for leaves that are sensitive to the sun. The monstera should come back to life if you put it in a room with direct light that is bright, simulating natural lighting.
  • Make sure the temperature is between 60 and 85 degrees. Extreme heat makes the leaves lose more water, which makes them droop, and low temperatures stress the monstera, which can also make the plant droop. To mimic the temperatures in the monstera’s natural environment, keep it away from sources of indoor heat or air conditioning.
  • By frequently spraying the leaves, you can raise the humidity. When the monstera has suffered from drought-related stress, spraying the leaves helps the plant recover by reducing water loss. In order to reach the ideal level of humidity for your monstera to revive, either spritz the plant frequently or buy a plant humidifier. Monstera typically prefer around 30 percent humidity.
  • In between waterings, let the top inch of the soil dry out. If the soil is persistently damp, overwatering rather than underwatering is to blame for your monstera’s drooping. Before watering again, let the top inch or so of soil dry off. As monsteras need good drainage, make sure the monstera pot has drainage holes in the base and empty saucers and trays beneath the pot frequently to prevent water from pooling there.
  • After repotting, give the monstera a good drink and check that the potting soil is well-draining. Any plant that has been replanted may have experienced considerable root damage, which temporarily impairs its capacity to adequately absorb moisture. After repotting, thoroughly moisten the potting soil to help reduce any drought stress that might have caused the leaves to droop. For monstera, use a light, well-draining potting soil. To improve drainage and mimic the soil conditions that monstera are suited to in their natural habitat, I personally enrich the potting soil with succulent and cactus soil or orchid potting mix.
  • After transplanting your plant, recreate the natural environment for monsteras to rejuvenate drooping leaves. Your monstera should come back to life once it adjusts to its new environment if you give it plenty of bright indirect light, a regular watering schedule (typically once every seven days), increase the humidity by misting the leaves frequently, keep it away from heat sources, and avoid air conditioning.
  • To protect your monstera from drooping and to keep it growing upright, use a bamboo support. Ideally, get a particular monstera support, which is generally wrapped in moss to replicate the growing circumstances of the monstera’s native environment. Monsteras tend to climb and can droop over without support. Naturally, the monster develops upward while clinging to the support.

After repotting, do you water the roots?

  • A day or two before you intend to re-pot your plant, give it a good soak. This will lessen the chance of shock and make it easier to remove your plant from its pot. It will also keep it well-hydrated.
  • Remove the plant’s pot gently. You might need to tip the pot on its side or ask a buddy to hold it while you grab the plant, depending on its size and how much it is root-bound. Slide a butter knife along the pot’s edge to loosen roots for plants with dense root systems.
  • Loosen the root ball slowly. Shake off any extra soil being careful not to bruise the delicate roots. Sharp shears should be used to prune off any brown, black, or obviously injured roots. Trim up to 2/3 of the root mass beginning at the bottom and edges of the plant if you have plants that are heavily root-bound or if you only intend to repot them without potting them up into a larger planter.
  • If merely repotting, remove all of the soil from the pot and rinse it with hot water to remove any sediment. When choosing a new pot for your plant, make sure it is clean and no more than two diameters larger than its previous container. Too much room might cause root rot and poor growth.
  • We advise adding a.5 layer of activated charcoal to the bottom of your pot if you are potting into a container without drainage. To increase drainage, some people advise placing a layer of stones at the bottom of any pot; however, it’s uncertain whether this is effective, thus pebbles are not included as long as the pot has drainage. After that, add some fresh potting soil to the bottom of the pot so that the plant’s base will be about.5 inches below the rim.
  • Place your plant in the fresh container, then fill it with dirt and air until all the roots are covered. While carefully compacting the dirt to remove any air pockets, be careful not to damage the fragile roots. Lightly water the new soil to keep it moist but not drenched.

Plants frequently go through a shock period after repotting or potting up. It’s normal, so don’t worry! Although plants may seem thirsty and wilted, wait to water them for approximately a week after repotting to make sure any roots harmed during the process have recovered. Plants should be located in a cooler, more shaded area while they are recovering.

Fertilizer is usually present in potting soil. You can wait around 6 weeks after re-potting before fertilizing to avoid over-fertilizing and harming your plant.

Nutrient Boost from Fresh Soil Most of the nutrients in the soil are absorbed by your houseplant. The soil loses more and more of its fertility over time. After a few successful growing seasons, you could notice that your plant starts to act generally “unhappy” or starts to grow little, oddly colored leaves. Repotting (or potting up) with new soil gives your plant the nutrient boost it needs to thrive, even if you fertilize frequently.

Improved Watering Have you ever noticed that when you water, it seems to seep out of the pot’s bottom right away? Your plant is probably root bound, a condition in which the plant desperately needs more room and the roots have wrapped themselves around the pot’s outside. This makes channels for the water to flow through, which is why it is exceedingly challenging to actually water a root-bound plant. Repotting will help your plant access the water it requires to keep its thirst quenched and leaves lush by clearing these roots from obstruction.

New Growth = breathing room!

Even indoor plants enjoy a little breathing room. To encourage fresh development is another motivation to release plants from their root restrictions. Repotting a plant can result in a remarkable and bountiful recovery. Your plant will be happier and grow more quickly if it has a robust, expanding root system.

Health Promotion Have you ever overwatered a plant? Not to worry. All of us do. Root decay is the problem. Overwatering damages roots, which turn dark brown or black as a result. In this condition, they are prone to illness and unable to absorb water (which is why an over-watered plant can sometimes seem thirsty). Cutting off these damaged roots is your best line of protection against fungus and disease and aids in a plant’s recovery from excessive watering.

Plant babies: Divide and conquer! Many plants can be divided to create new plants when they get overcrowded. It is best to take advantage of re-potting time to divide pups and offshoots into independent plants.

Reminder: Delay repotting if your plant is stressed! For instance, if the plant is wilting from thirst, it is advisable to bathe it and let it recover before repotting. Similar to how excessive weather, such heat waves, can create stress, try to avoid repotting during those times.