Houseplants forum: Monstera not near death, but possibly slowly edging towards. Advice appreciated!

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Newcastle-upon-Tyne
mateoboom
Apr 13, 2018 1:53 AM CST
Morning all,

My Monstera has been doing wonderfully in the bathroom since purchase around 6 months ago. Leaves were dark green and the aerial roots were roaming all over. Over the winter months it seems to have suffered a little and the leaves have started to brown around the edges and some small rips/holes have appeared. The aerial roots have mainly all gone brown and brittle, but some new growth is appearing. I don't feel like it has been overwatered, but who knows, I am still very much a beginner at all this as can be seen from my previous post!

Any advice would once again be greatly appreciated.

Matt

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Apr 13, 2018 10:36 AM CST
Matt - You are looking at your Monstera too closely and focusing on minor blemishes and what may be some physical damage from rough handling.

The aerial roots do develop a bark-like covering as they age. However, they serve no useful purpose when the Monster is potted up. You can cut them off without harm to the plant.

Otherwise, keep doing what you have been doing and enjoy your success!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Newcastle-upon-Tyne
mateoboom
Apr 13, 2018 1:19 PM CST
Hi Will,

Glad to hear it is looking okay and that I was needlessly worrying. I will heed your advice and keep doing what I've been doing!

Thanks again,
Matt


WillC said:Matt - You are looking at your Monstera too closely and focusing on minor blemishes and what may be some physical damage from rough handling.

The aerial roots do develop a bark-like covering as they age. However, they serve no useful purpose when the Monster is potted up. You can cut them off without harm to the plant.

Otherwise, keep doing what you have been doing and enjoy your success!


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