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May 27, 2020 11:06 AM CST
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Hi there, I have a monstera plant that has gotten somewhat big, however as you will see in the pictures it's very wide and droopy and just doesn't look the best. I'd like to give it a moss pole as I'm hoping this will help, however getting it in its current pot would be quite a task. Just after some advice as to the best course of action, should I simply put it in a bigger pot with a moss pole? Can you divide monsteras? I have taken two cuttings from it previously so not sure whether taking some more would help with managing size. Any advice very appreciated. Thank you!
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May 27, 2020 3:22 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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I think most people would tell you to leave the plant alone because its so pretty the way it is. You can divide a philodendron or do a division on your Monstera philodendron. It's best to water the plant thoroughly a week before dividing it, then do a division and put it in soil.

When I do a division on a philodendron I use a butcher knife and cut right down the middle. Make two halfs and pot them up and leave them alone for a while and let them get adjusted.

Now as far as increasing the size of the container you would have a real monster on your hands in a few months if you used a bigger pot. If you split the plant into two smaller plants you could use smaller containers. For the best water management you should keep the plant roots compacted and restricted for best growth. Good luck
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May 28, 2020 8:42 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Root division is like surgery; lots can go wrong if not done correctly. It would be a shame for you to lose your healthy Monstera.

This is a plant that is a naturally vining or trailing plant that resists growing upright without increasingly taller stakes or poles. You might consider keeping it as it is by simply pruning off new growth as it grows taller and starts leaning over. Pruning is safe and has no ill-effects on the health of the plant.
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