Houseplants forum→I'm hoping the yellow leaves on my monstera are just old ....

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Boston, MA
Applecrisp
Jun 16, 2021 8:40 PM CST
In the last few weeks I've had two leaves turn yellow on my monstera, the first one a few weeks back. I'm hoping that since those leaves were on the bottom and no fenestrations that they were simply old leaves that are done. The rest of the plant looks great, a few new leaves, but getting a bit top heavy on one side (the stick is a bit too thin and short).

And also wanted to ask .... Recently. I've been watering my monstera every 7- 10 days or so .

I've heard mixed info --- some say to let dry completely and others say let the first few inches stay a bit moist. Any input would be great. I'm not sure if I'm letting it dry out too much --- I often notice it get a bit droopy and "sad" around the same time I typically water. It is a few feet from southern window that gets lots of light. I water it thoroughly, let water drain into saucer then toss, in plastic nursery pot I watered it 5 days ago and the top few inches lean more to dry and hardly damp at all.

I think the plant looks great, and its my favorite so I want to treat it right.
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Thanks.
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WillC
Jun 18, 2021 12:34 PM CST
An occasional loss of a lower leaf is normal and expected. Yours sounds like it is doing very well, so changing your watering routine may not be a good idea. In my experience, Monsteras do best when watered thoroughly whenever the top half to one inch of soil feels dry.
Will Creed
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Boston, MA
Applecrisp
Jun 24, 2021 6:27 PM CST
Thanks so much for the reply and info. I've been letting it dry out quite a bit, and sometimes even wait an extra day or so to water. The plant looks good and is pushing out new growth. I might try to water it a bit more often and see if I notice any difference. When I first got the plant I read conflicting info, but I guess I went with the let dry out quite a bit camp.

I'll cut off the yellowing leaf --- not sure if it makes a difference on where I cut.

Thanks again.
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WillC
Jun 25, 2021 5:17 PM CST
A lot of the online watering advice is based on the exaggerated fear of overwatering.
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Horticultural Help, NYC
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