Houseplants forum→Monstera - does it need a new pot

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Name: Jen
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JenRose
May 6, 2020 7:08 PM CST
Hello! My monsteras roots are breaking out of the bottom of the pot! (Excuse the bad looking roots.. the sticker that was on the plastic tray has attached to the roots..) t's been a constant battle of bugs in the soil. I started to bottom water, and now instead of living on top, they live in the holes on the bottom of the pot. I let it get very dry between watering a and they always come back.. any advice? Is it time for new dirt?


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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
May 7, 2020 6:14 AM CST
I might step it up one if it was me
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 8, 2020 9:26 AM CST
I only see a single root that has wandered out of the drain hole so I'm not sure that warrants a larger pot particularly since the plant seems to be doing very well.

Can you describe the bugs?
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Name: Jen
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JenRose
May 8, 2020 10:18 AM CST
I was worried, since the root is growing back into another drain hole that if it ever did need repotted I'd have to cut it.. and also the fact the bugs just are not going away, I didn't know if fresh soil could help.

They're tiny white bugs. I have no fungas gnats flying around, there's nothing on the leaves..
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 8, 2020 10:41 AM CST
Roots tend to grow somewhat randomly and sometimes wander out of drain holes. If you do need to unpot it, that root can be cut off without harm to the plant.

If the bugs are limited to the soil and tiny, then they can be ignored. Do your best to "unsee" them!
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Name: Jen
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JenRose
May 8, 2020 11:27 AM CST
Good! I'm always so hesitant about snipping roots.. so I'm happy to hear that.

And I will do my best to unsee.... yuck. Ha!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 9, 2020 7:13 AM CST
Hilarious!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
May 9, 2020 5:54 PM CST
I dunno I always say err on the side of getting things done. I make it a point to pot up at least ONE compot of Anthurium seedlings every day (and i have hundreds). Why? What if I got COvid 19 tomorrow and could not do it? Who cares if its only one root out the bottom? They is the first sign.
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At least 12 pots of plants in this little compot. Better to get it done
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Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 9, 2020 11:24 PM CST
once they're happy in a spot/pot/routine, monstera tend to stay that way for years with little fuss. I don't repot until they are big enough to tip themselves over, and sometimes not even then. I'll cut them back instead and root the cuttings. I've have one now that split his pot, he needs to be repotted. Yours is fine.
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