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May 15, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Doha, Qatar
I ordered a Monstera a few days ago and some of the stems and leaves don't look right.
Received it on Tuesday in this condition and I haven't watered it yet (soil is still damp)
This is the first plant I own so I have zero experience with this.

Any tips and pointers would be appreciated. I think I should cut the damaged looking stems off but I'm not sure if I should or how.

Thank you.
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May 16, 2020 2:17 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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You shouldn't have to do much to keep your Monstera looking and growing healthy. You need to keep it in a bright spot, but avoid strong, direct sunlight because it may burn the leaves. The leaves were damaged during transport and nothing to worry about, and I wouldn't remove them.

Only water your Monstera when it needs watering so that the soil is well saturated; moist but not soggy. A Monstera does not grow well when it has wet feet. The soil does not have to dry out completely between waterings but be sure and don't over-water. Over-watering will cause brown edges and brown spots.
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May 16, 2020 10:12 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Your Monstera looks fine other than a few slightly physically damaged leaves. The aerial root in the last photo can be cut off as it no longer serves any purpose.

Let the top inch of soil get dry to your touch before watering it thoroughly.
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May 20, 2020 7:01 AM CST
Doha, Qatar
UPDATE:

So I am struggling with my monstera. I am not sure if I'm doing something wrong or I received it with rotting roots.

This is breaking my heart, I have watched a lot of videos and they varied (underwatered-overwatered-root rot-mechanical damage) I am new to this so I am not sure how to diagnose.


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May 20, 2020 8:21 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Plants react slowly to changes in their environment. Yours suffered some minor physical damage during delivery or before you received it. That damage is permanent. The plant may also lose some of its older leaves as it slowly adapts to its new home.

Look for new leaf growth that emerges after you have had it. That new growth should remain healthy and is your plant's future. Be patient.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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