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Dorset, England
Camilla1991
Mar 14, 2018 6:05 AM CST
Hello!! I recieved this plant from an online retailer about 3 weeks ago. When it arrived it had two yellowing leaves on it which I removed. Over the past few days I have noticed that one leaf has started to droop and turn slightly yellow. I have watered it twice since aquiring it, and I have allowed the water to drain fully, not allowing it to ever sit in any residual water. As you can see the plant has a new leaf coming out, and a smaller new leaf. I hope you can help me!! Thank you!!!!
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BigBill
Mar 14, 2018 9:57 AM CST
What does the retailer have to say?
Most plants need a period of adjustment when placed in new conditions. In the meantime make sure the light is right and you don't over water. Your reaction to a natural readjustment period can do more harm than the transfer itself!
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Dorset, England
Camilla1991
Mar 14, 2018 10:05 AM CST
Hi, thanks for your reply. The retailer said there was nothing wrong with the plant but would probably my benefit from some fertiliser. I have repotted the plant now into a much bigger pot with houseplant compost and perlite. Do you have any tips for watering? I have been adding water until it drips from the bottom. I have been using rainwater. Thank you Smiling
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BigBill
Mar 14, 2018 11:51 AM CST
Yes, never let it dry out completely. Evenly moist. Be careful not to overpot.
A little slow release plant food 4X a year might be appropriate, maybe 1/4 tsp. sprinkled on soil.
Your frequency of watering depends a lot upon light, room temperature, air movement etc. but I would suggest sticking your finger into the soil perhaps a quarter inch deep and if that top layer feels dry all the way, then water. You might try watering once a week or so to start out. The heat in the home tends to dry things out more quickly too. Don't place it where the heat will blow on the plant.
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WillC
Mar 14, 2018 2:53 PM CST
A moderately sunny location close to a window, which is where yours seems to be, is appropriate for a Monstera. Allow the top inch of potting mix to dry before watering it. It needs to get that dry between waterings so that oxygen can penetrate the soil and get to the roots.

There are more than enough nutrients in the potting mix that you used so stop fertilizing altogether for about a year. Fertilizing is vastly overrated and more likely to do harm than good.

As they age, Monstera stems and leaves will droop- because they are naturally vining, not upright, plants.
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Camilla1991
Mar 16, 2018 7:59 AM CST
I found a coco coir stake while out shopping yesterday on sale for £2.50, which is very cheap Smiling sadly I think I may lose the leaf, its getting more and more yellow and floppy Sad how do leaves grow on the Monstera? In the 3rd picture there is a little bump, does a leaf grow from there? Thanks :)
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WillC
Mar 16, 2018 12:17 PM CST
New growth on your Monstera will emerge only from the uppermost node (bump) on each stem. If lower stem nodes are in contact will constant moisture, they will develop roots that will then attach to whatever is retaining the moisture. Presumably, that would be the coir stakes.

I have not worked with coir stakes so I don't know how well they retain moisture and how difficult they are to keep constantly damp. Let us know.
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Camilla1991
Mar 16, 2018 12:23 PM CST
I have noticed that my new leaf has little holes in it as well as splits Smiling does it look okay? The top part doesn't seem to be unravelling as quick as the bottom. Thank you!
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WillC
Mar 16, 2018 12:59 PM CST
The new leaf looks fine. It will completely open up within a few days or less.

Try not to worry quite so much. Plants are to be enjoyed! Hurray!
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Camilla1991
Mar 20, 2018 2:34 PM CST
Okay, so I could do with some further advice. The leaf seems to be folded in on itself. No idea what's going on. Any ideas? Confused
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WillC
Mar 20, 2018 3:10 PM CST
Sometimes new leaves get stuck and don't completely unfurl on their own. In my experience that is usually because the soil got a bit too dry at some time during the new leaf formation. Some damage during the repotting may also be the cause.

Spray the new leaf with a bit of soapy water and then gently help "unstick" it so it opens up. I don't believe this reflects a permanent problem with your Monstera.
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Camilla1991
Mar 20, 2018 3:21 PM CST
It was completely stuck but I managed to get it open. Such a shame, I was so excited about the leaf Sad
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WillC
Mar 20, 2018 5:20 PM CST
It sometimes happens and it is just one leaf and not the last one. Mind your watering and future leaf growth should be okay.
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Camilla1991
Mar 21, 2018 12:32 AM CST
Thank you. Do you think it will straighten itself out?
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WillC
Mar 21, 2018 4:49 PM CST
Not likely. The splits and tears will remain as is and so will the discoloration. If you find it ugly, just cut it off. There will be new leaves to replace it if you are patient.
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Camilla1991
Mar 21, 2018 4:56 PM CST
I'm not too worried about the tears. The leaf is looking a little flatter already today so hopefully things will improve. If you remove the newest leaf, where does the next one grow from?
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Camilla1991
Mar 23, 2018 1:30 PM CST
I wanted to give an update on the leaf that got stuck. It's a little torn at the top but it's looking pretty good now after a few days Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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WillC
Mar 24, 2018 7:59 AM CST
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Camilla1991
Apr 9, 2018 7:05 AM CST
Does anybody know what this yellow bump is? Confused
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WillC
Apr 10, 2018 12:00 PM CST
That is a node that might produce a new leaf, but is more likely to produce an aerial root. In any case, it is not a problem. Wait and see what develops.
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