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Portland, OR
Jun 20, 2017 7:52 PM CST
Hello! First time asker, very excited.
I have had this plant for about two years and have done my best with my very brown thumb :)
My question is, will trimming new or smaller leaves help the current leaves grow larger? I'd love to encourage the big ol' swiss leaves and am just not sure what I'm doing wrong. I've also seen varying accounts of when the holes occur, if the leaf unfurls with them and they stay how they grew or if splits come on and continue to split?

THANK YOU so much in advance for your awesome expertise.

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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Jun 20, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Hi frederica, Welcome!

Your lovely plant is a Split-leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) and it appears it could use a larger container. Cutting the smaller leaves off won't help the other leaves to grow larger. It's just a natural process, they start out heart shaped with no splits or holes and as the plant and leaves mature, the splits begin to appear.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jun 24, 2017 9:52 AM CST
Lin's advice is right on. I would add that it is important to understand that in nature this is a creeping and vining plant that is not inclined to grow upright. The stems grow ever longer and start to lean over the sides of the pot. Larger pots will not keep it upright. Stakes and trellises can keep the stems upright for a while, but eventually, even those are outgrown. IMHO, it is best to prune back the stems as soon as they start to lean over precariously. This will allow you to have a shorter, more compact Monstera. The cuttings will root easily in water or in damp soil.
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