Houseplants forum→HELP! Slowly dying beloved Monstera - yellowing and droopy leaves

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lilyt0209
May 20, 2020 3:27 PM CST
Please, please help me with my beloved Monstera plant which appears to be slowly dying.

I've had it for a few years and since moving house last October, it hasn't seemed to settle into its new environment. It used to have a lot more leaves but I've had to gradually move yellow ones since late last year.

Existing leaves are starting to yellow before becoming all yellow which I then remove (very sad as some of these have beautiful holes).
The leaves are also droopy on their edges and lacklustre
Some leaves have brown spots on the edges with a yellow ring (i fear these leaves are slowly dying and will turn all yellow)
No new growth for at least the past 4 months. I was able to take a cutting from it in Dec last year to propogate but there are no new ariel roots showing at all

I'm in the UK so going into summer now.
Its placed near a south facing window and in a corner so it doesn't get direct sun on its leaves but does get indirect light all throughout the day
Its been in the same pot from before I moved house (which it was thriving in) so i don't think its a pot issue. I did change the soil last weekend as I was getting desperate to see what could help.
I don't water until its dry for a full finger depth.
Humidity is about 35-45% in the spot its in
Temp is usually around 21 degrees

The previous house I was in, my monstera was thriving and in a spot with less indirect light - could that be the cause? Too much light in the spot that it's in? I could move it to the bedroom which gets a lot less light so I'm worried that may be not enough to promote growth

Please help...i hope its not too revive

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 21, 2020 7:31 AM CST
Welcome! Apparently, your plant was reacting to the change in location and increase in light. If that is a south window, then it is probably getting several hours of direct sun each day. Direct sun is not good for your Monstera.

In addition, in stronger light, it would need more water so part of the droopiness may be due to the soil getting too dry. The soil normally should not dry more than an inch deep.

When you replaced the soil, how much of the original soil did you remove?
Will Creed
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lilyt0209
May 21, 2020 11:17 AM CST
Smiling firstly thanks for the quick reply and the welcome

I removed most of the original soil and replaced with new compost. I didn't shake the soil out from the root ball too much and left that in tact as much as possible. I guess changing the soil wasn't the best idea then?

Perhaps I was leaving it too long between watering as I didn't want to risk overwatering.

Is it worth moving to the bedroom where it has less light to see if it revives a bit? Would a sign of reviving be some new growth?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 21, 2020 5:16 PM CST
When soil is removed, some of the tiny root hairs get torn away and they do most of the work for the plant. The more soil removed the more difficult the recovery.

Sometimes a plant can outgrow its pot and moving it to a larger pot is warranted. But repacing the soil is never a good idea.

It seems that the fear of overwatering has become so pervasive that underwatering has recently become a much more common problem.

Your Monstera does not need a lot less light. If you were to move it just a foot or so off the side or a couple of feet deeper into the room that would be okay.
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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