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Austin, TX
Jan 4, 2018 8:00 PM CST
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I got this monstera plant approx 6 months ago from a local nursery and it seemed to be doing well, turning out new leaves often and growing quickly. but recently I noticed brown spots and a weird discoloring of the leaves, and now my new leaves are coming out with brown spots. I've been watering only when the soil is dry. I live in a 3rd floor apartment with only one window which my monstera sits next to. Im not sure if it's light, watering, or what? I haven't fertilized or re-potted it. Please help me save my plant!
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 4, 2018 8:30 PM CST
Some of the leaves look like they have physical damage and can be cut off. A few brown spots are blemishes and not a cause for concern, The first leaf in your hand looks more like dirt than anything serious.

The new leaf starting to emerge that is still rolled and already brown and the yellow leaves are more of a concern. I suspect that the soil has gotten too dry between waterings or you may not be watering thoroughly.

It is best to water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels barely moist or almost dry. Add enough water so that a bit trickles through the drain holes. Because it is set inside a woven basket, that could be problematic. You may need to get a plastic saucer to place under the pot so you won't hesitate to water thoroughly.

Although Monstera does not require direct sun, the light you have is minimal at best. The window is quite small, the plant is down low and I see there is a taller building not far away that blocks more light than you realize. Do what you can to improve the light, although I realize you may be limited in that regard.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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