What To Do With Monstera Leaves

Your Monstera should have any damaged leaves removed. Trimming dead leaves helps your plant’s health in addition to improving its appearance.

  • Unable to photosynthesize are dead leaves. Any brown or black areas on your Monstera’s leaves are no longer able to supply the plant with energy.
  • Dead leaf sections have no protection against rot and infection in comparison to healthy leaves. Dead plant cells provide nutrients that are consumed by bacteria and fungi. For instance, you can notice mould growing on dead leaves that have been left on the plant or in the soil. To help defend the remainder of the plant against these diseases, remove any dark or damaged tissue.

It is possible that only the ripped edge of a leaf will become brown to seal a cut if there is only very minimal damage, such as accidently ripping or torn a portion of the leaf. Leave minor imperfections alone if they don’t affect other parts of the plant or interfere with your pleasure of the plant’s aesthetics.

Monstera damage to the roots and stems can be more serious than damage to the leaves because it prevents the plant from transporting water and nutrients. Visit our soon-to-be-available guides on stem damage and root rot.

Should I remove the Monstera’s tiny leaves?

Pruning is a crucial component of any plant care regimen. Pruning gets rid of leaves that no longer help the plant but are still consuming its resources. As a result, the healthy leaves and new growth can be supported with more energy! You may manage a plant’s size and shape via pruning. Therefore, remember to prune your monstera!

Additionally, pruning can help your plant grow and allow you to manage where it produces new leaves (and in the case of some plants, branches).

Because your monstera occasionally needs a little additional assistance getting rid of dead or dying leaves, pruning is especially crucial.

However, pruning is primarily a useful method for managing a monstera’s size. This plant grows really big! If you live in an apartment with 8-foot ceilings, this is crucial because monsteras can grow up to 30 feet outdoors and 10 feet indoors.

In a vase, how long do Monstera leaves last?

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Why should flowers receive all the praise? These vibrant, gorgeous leaves also require their very own vase and pedestal. Here are some fantastic ways to display some freshly cut greens for those of you who want to add some greenery to a room without needing a green thumb.


1. The combination of an olive branch and a vintage bottle, like in this arrangement by Natalie Bowen Designs, is traditional and suitable for virtually any setting. 2. We continue to adore the usage of test tubes and beakers as vases. To make a unique arrangement, combine a few different leaf species with contrasting textures and shapes. In different scientific glassware, common plants are displayed beautifully in My Attic. 3. Use big or small leaves, depending on how dramatic you want your display to be. With just a few of these Anthurium leaves in the shape of hearts, Sheila makes an effect without making a fuss. 4. These spherical leaves from the tropics (from Decor8) are ideal for the contemporary loft. To make a more relaxed setup, don’t be scared to put some books on a chair. 5. Pine aroma can be easily brought without using expensive candles. View additional Skonahem pictures.


6. When in a more formal atmosphere, use symmetrical arrangements. Visit Home Deco 2 U for further leaf, fruit, and floral decorating ideas. 7. Position your greenery close to another green object in your house. Take a look at this photo from Luxie + Lillies, for instance, which features Snow Berry branch cuts next to a green vintage lamp and bucket chairs. 8. Use giant tropical plants that evoke lush jungles, like these philodendron selloum leaves, to add additional colour to a sterile modern environment (image from CB2). 9. From the movie Thou Swell, how lovely is this enormous plant cutting in Cassandra Karnisky’s bedroom? The enormous leaves give this lovely bedroom a sculptural and serene touch. 10. Freshly cut Swiss cheese (Monstera) leaves can last one to three weeks! Large, leathery leaves from these tropical plants are slow to evaporate water and are ideal for displaying with just one or two other leaves. Is this one from Danger Garden any more ideal? You can purchase leaves from New Seasons if you don’t have a Monstera plant of your own.

How long do leaves from Monstera float in water?

Even if you don’t intend to reproduce a Monstera leaf, it can still look lovely submerged in water. They are frequently used by florists in arrangements, and the Monstera leaf is likely to keep longer than the other cut flowers. People sometimes question if they can create a new plant from just a leaf because it is feasible for some fledgeling roots to appear at the stem’s base.

Sadly, a leaf won’t likely survive for more than a few weeks unless it contains a node. A Monstera leaf without a node will eventually die (much like all cut flowers), but changing the water every few days will keep it vibrant for longer.

Where do you clip the leaves of Monstera?

, you should separate each leaf and node on either side of the node/aerial root into independent segments.

The youngest leaf has a node that was still propagation-viable despite not having fully matured (you can kind of see it bumping through).

After you have separated your cuttings, you should remove any outdated sheathing from the leaf stems. When submerged in water for an extended period of time, they can decay and hinder the propagation process.

Your cuttings are now ready to go to their temporary residence. All you need is water and a vessel—I like clear ones.

It’s best to let the cuts to “heal” or dry up a little bit before immersing the cuttings in water. This only takes a little while.

The aerial root can be cut back, but I prefer to leave mine uncut. To make it sit comfortably at the bottom of my vessel, I simply delicately wrap it up.

The remaining stems are then arranged in the vessel, each one being spaced apart to allow for proper root development as well as aesthetic appeal once they are planted in soil. Due to their new root system, there isn’t much room to try to arrange them at that time.

Simply add water to completely cover the roots and ends once they are positioned how you like.

Place it somewhere bright, but not in the sun, and replace the water every three to five days. After roughly 2-3 weeks, roots should start to form!

In addition to new roots, it has also sprouted a huge number of new leaves.

Here is a picture of my very first effort at growing a monstera. I took the above steps, potted the cuttings in soil after around three months, and continued. It has thrived ever since I started watering it once a week!

Your inquiries are addressed:

Yes! Once they are in the proper light and receiving the appropriate amount of water, they are excellent for beginners and very simple to care for.

I plant them in a well-draining pot using ordinary Miracle Grow indoor potting soil. No need for moss or pearls.

Yes, to answer simply. That is a factor in the propagation process. I wouldn’t recommend making excessive or frequent cuts because you run the danger of harming the plant by putting it into shock.

It’s usually time for a new and larger pot when you can see the roots through the dirt or when you notice the growth has significantly halted.

All of my plants receive fertiliser during the growth season (April to September). I will fertilise every other week because I water them all once a week. I prefer liquid fertilisers (plant food) since I can regulate the amount that each plant receives.

In the summer, grocery stores like Kroger or your neighbourhood Lowe’s or Home Depot may stock them. It’s always a good idea to check for nearby and online nurseries, such as

Does Monstera require climbing?

What should you do if your Monstera becomes so tall that it begins to topple over? It need a ladder to ascend!

In its native rainforest habitat, monsteras are climbing plants and can be found climbing trees. By use a moss pole or other vertical support, we reproduce this for potted Monsteras. This prevents the large plant from taking over your living room and enables your Monstera to grow upwards towards the light without toppling over and breaking its stem.

Do Monstera leaves expand after spreading out?

The splits that the leaf will have once it has successfully developed and is prepared to unfold on its own are already present on the newly produced leaf.

However, if your plant previously had splits but now the new leaves are completely unsplit, this is a sign that it requires more indirect sunlight.

On the leaf, the fenestrations are already developed. They might be visible to you before they unfold. However, there won’t likely be any further fenestration when the leaf unfolds.

Prior to it developing new leaves, you can always prepare the environment by moving it to a window with more sunlight so that you can observe what works and what needs to be changed.

Just keep in mind that they need to be at least 2-3 years old before fenestrations begin to form. Therefore, if you want them to split, patience is essential.