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Somonauk, il
RoseHB
Nov 6, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Previewing subject: Very sad Monstera Deliciosa
I bought this plant from the hardware store probably 4 months ago and it did well until it started to look rough. Took pics and my dad suggested I let it dry out. My mom let me borrow some fertilizer drops. And it just seems to be getting worse! The only new leaf it has had since then, opened half way and then parts of the leaves are brown and crispy. Many yellow leaves, very droopy.
Location is by front door (faces NE) of office with window to the north.
Pictures 1 from today (Monday) and 2-4 from Friday
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Your Monstera is not getting enough water and maybe not quite enough light. Water it thoroughly (until some water runs through the drain holes) as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. That would probably be once or twice per week.

If that is a north window, then it should be moved more in front of it rather than off to the side.

This is a rather unruly plant that does not naturally grow upright. In its natural habitat, it grows as a thick vine along the ground. The heavy leaves tend to flop over. Regular pruning may be essential to keep it in check. Start by removing all of the discolored leaves as they will not recover.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Somonauk, il
RoseHB
Nov 7, 2017 3:27 PM CST
WillC said:Your Monstera is not getting enough water ...That's would probably be once or twice per week.

If that is a north window, then it should be moved more in front of it rather than off to the side.

...The heavy leaves tend to flop over. Regular pruning may be essential to keep it in check. ...


I was instructed where I purchased it to water it about 2-3 times a month...and I thought it was doing well, I thought I'd likely watered it too much because a co-worker was complaining it needed water and I watered it more (plus my dad said to let it dry and he studied a lot of horticulture)

The "window" in the pictures is actually showing through 2 windows of a double door receptacle thing (2 doors face NW, that lead to a little room thing that has glass walls and then 2 more doors to building...So you're seeing one glass wall and then side of outside doors) the window is to the right of where the plant is, faces N and is up in the air...So the leaves are not even to the height of it

I have removed some really bad leaves, but not sure best way to "prune"...Do you cut somewhere? I was thinking it looks crowded and is all over itself and that maybe it was needing a bigger pot and that was part of why it's unhappy. It does have some leaves in air...varying in size, I understand that it's more a vine, and would like something to climb, but unless it gets better, I'm not getting a post for it.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 3:49 PM CST
I respectfully disagree with the retailer and your dad. In my professional opinion, it needs more frequent watering - at least weekly - but it does not need a larger pot.

I am confused by your description of the windows. However, if the primary source of light is a north window, then the Monstera should be in front of and close to it.

When trimming off yellow leaves, cut off the leaf and its stem where it attaches to the main stem. When pruning to control growth, prune any stem where a new leaf emerges. I don't think yours is at that point just yet.

Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Somonauk, il
RoseHB
Nov 7, 2017 4:11 PM CST
When it gets light...it will primarily be from door area (sketch/picture attached)
Highlighted part is floor to ceiling glass

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