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pajarita
May 3, 2020 10:04 PM CST
During this quarantine I've been trying to get my houseplant collection revived (with little luck in the past), as I could really use the green therapy. One of the new plants was this gorgeous Monstera, which I've grown to love so much - and it makes me really sad to think there might be something wrong with it... trying my best to keep it alive and thriving!
I got it about two weeks ago, have kept it in it's original pot from the nursery (plastic 6"), at first it was about 3 feet away from an west window but then I moved it in an indirect, bright spot about 5 feet from a south east window. Watering ~once a week, when the top 2" is dry (checking with my finger), and even poking a few holes in the surface because I thought the soil looked compacted and was pulling away from the sides of the pot.
I've attached some pictures of what I fear might be potential warning signs -
1. Can't tell if what looks like the physical damage on the leavings that are splitting is normal or problematic?
2. These whitish/brown spots on the young full leaf and the baby leaf pics look worrisome, and the young one looks wilted..
3. Plant's leaning hard to the right and roots are coming out (might be a simple fix with a support pole?)
4. One of the aerial roots looks dried up and blackened on the tip, is this a sign of rot or drying out?

I know it's a lot of questions at once - apologies in advance for the list. I appreciate any feedback/advice!!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 4, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Welcome! You are letting the soil get too dry. It should be watered as soon as the SURFACE of the soil feels dry to your touch. The location is fine and I don't see anything else troubling.

When you water make sure all of the soil gets completely saturated and is not just running straight through and out.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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New York City, NY
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pajarita
May 4, 2020 10:06 PM CST
Thank You! Wow, I didn't realize that could be the issue... think I was scared to overwater/root rot. I did notice that the soil felt really dry nearly 3 days after a full watering, is that normal for this genus/plant type? I also wonder if my apartment condition is drier than average, and if that would cause it to need more frequent watering Thinking
Thanks so much for your advice! This forum is a lifesaver (literally for the plants Big Grin )
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 5, 2020 11:43 AM CST
It would probably be tolerant of a thorough watering within the 3-7 day range. It seems that everyone has heard so much about overwatering that underwatering now seems to be a more common problem. Of course, it is best to avoid both.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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