Houseplants forum→Damage to monstera new growth

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May 3, 2020 5:09 AM CST
Hi all, I wanted to see if anyone could help with something happening to some of my new monstera growth:

Thumb of 2020-05-03/hinyizzle/2588af

There is a new stem emerging but somehow looks like it has been 'burnt' off?
The strange thing with this is that you can see there is also another seemingly healthy new leaf emerging underneath this broken stem, as shown in the next photo. It looks like somehow two new growths have been developing hidden within the parent stem all this time and the first one somehow got damaged? Very strange.

Thumb of 2020-05-03/hinyizzle/942384

A similar thing happened with this existing (half) leaf when it was emerging as new growth a while ago, where half the baby leaf looked like it had been burnt off, and this is the leaf now:

Thumb of 2020-05-03/hinyizzle/18b066

I'm not sure why this happened/is happening. My monstera is otherwise thriving and the other leaves are beautiful. All my other new growth except these two have been perfect. I do use green plant wire to train the petioles along bamboo stems and to face all in one direction, and I wonder whether placing the wires over where new growth emerges might cause this, because of the pressure?
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
May 3, 2020 8:40 AM CST
When new leaves are first emerging, they are quite fragile and easily damaged, so the wires may be the cause of the damage. Although that particular leaf may not recover, it won't effect subsequent new leaf growth.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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