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maddiv
May 20, 2020 6:18 PM CST
Hello!

At the end of March, I repotted my ~2 year old monstera from a 12 inch w pot to a 16 inch w pot because it was very root-bound. It used to grow new leaves all the time and several at a time usually. Now, in its 16 inch pot, I've noticed that it hasn't sprouted any new leaves. I'm worried that it doesn't like the big pot due to this sign. Otherwise, the plant seems to be generally happy. I also noticed that some of the roots at the bottom of the plant (I can't tell if these are aerial or not) have reached out and into the soil (see 2nd picture). Other aerial roots have continued to grow, which I guess is a good sign.

My question is: Should I downsize to a 14 inch clay pot or leave it in its current 16 in pot and water cautiously? I prefer to downsize but don't want to damage the roots from repotting it again within 2 months. I guess I'm wondering about the risk vs benefit in this case.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance Smiling
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oneeyeluke
May 21, 2020 2:26 AM CST
I wouldn't down size the pot at this point, because of too much stress. The most important thing in your case, is to not over-water, because of the increase of water volume will saturate the roots in the larger container. The plant will spend a lot of the productivity growing new roots and filling up the container. That's the reason your leaf production is down and the plant appears to have stopped growing.

Your transplant was done very well, because you didn't put any extra soil on the top of the root ball and the plant is slightly higher than the outside soil. Your plant is beautiful and you've done a super job of taking care of it. Thanks for sharing.
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Mardel
May 21, 2020 7:02 AM CST
What a gorgeous happy plant, I have this one on my wish list. Thanks for sharing
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maddiv
May 21, 2020 12:18 PM CST
oneeyeluke said:I wouldn't down size the pot at this point, because of too much stress. The most important thing in your case, is to not over-water, because of the increase of water volume will saturate the roots in the larger container. The plant will spend a lot of the productivity growing new roots and filling up the container. That's the reason your leaf production is down and the plant appears to have stopped growing.

Your transplant was done very well, because you didn't put any extra soil on the top of the root ball and the plant is slightly higher than the outside soil. Your plant is beautiful and you've done a super job of taking care of it. Thanks for sharing.


This helps a ton! Thank you so much for your reply!! Thank You!
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maddiv
May 21, 2020 12:19 PM CST
Mardel said:What a gorgeous happy plant, I have this one on my wish list. Thanks for sharing


Thank you Smiling I actually found it at my local grocery store for $20 and grabbed it immediately because I had been wanting one forever as well!!
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Mardel
May 22, 2020 5:29 AM CST
Great deal, I can't find them locally and I'm trying to making buying one online my last option. Prices online are so much higher than what I see people pay for monstera deliciosa in Stores. Thanks

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