How to Save Your Monstera With Yellow Leaves

Monstera leaves change color due to the overwatering and the underwatering. The overwatering can cause root rot, which makes the leaves brown and yellow with a drooping look, while underwatering makes the leaves brown with yellow spots.

Monster leaves turn yellow following repotted if the soil is not compacted enough tightly, or the pot is too big.

A bigger pot has a larger capacity for soil, and, consequently, a higher capacity to hold moisture, which causes the soil to dry out much slower around the roots of the monstera, that causes the leaves to turn to turn yellow.

Monstera leaves may also change color due to the lack of nutrients in the soil , and because they are scorched by the sun.

For the sake of saving a giant that has yellow leaves spray the leaves with mist to boost the humidity. allow the top inch of the soil dry out between every watering session Find the monstera in direct light and apply a normal fertilizer for your houseplants, if the soil is deficient in nutrients.

Read on to find out the reason the monstera ( deliciosa aka ‘swiss cheese plants’ and monstera andansonii) is becoming yellow, and how you can keep it from dying…

Monstera Leaves Turning Yellow and Drooping (Overwatering)

The reason that leaves of monstera are becoming yellow and drooping is due to overwatering and inadequate drainage. Monstera requires the soil to dry slightly between sessions of watering. If the soil remains wet, the monstera will develop root rot. This causes the leaves to turn yellow and then droop.

The leaves may also turn brown and yellow due to excessive watering. Browning leaves indicate that a particular leaves are dying however it’s not necessarily the entire plant.

Monstera plants are hemi-epiphytes which grow ariel and terrestrial roots.

Their terrestrial roots are extremely porous, well-draining and light soil that holds some moisture, but also lets water drain out of the root very quickly, even in their native rainforest habitat of Central America.

To recreate the conditions in their natural environment, the proper method of watering for monstera deliciosa, is to soak the soil well, and then let the upper inch or two of soil to dry before watering again.

This ensures the proper equilibrium of the soil’s moisture that meets the needs of water for monstera plants while avoiding excessive watering that turns the leaves brown, yellow and the leaves become droopy.

If the soil remains wet between waterings and then oxygen is released from the soil that hinders the root’s respiration and hinders the ability of the roots to absorb water as well as nutrients out of the soil.

monstera in white pot

If the roots are unable to draw in nutrients or moisture The leaves will turn brown, yellow and then droop in a indication of stress.

If the roots of the monstera are immersed in soil that is saturated for long enough, it could cause root rot that can be the most frequent cause of dying, yellowing Monstera plant.

The issue of overwatering isn’t the only reason that the soil is damp for the monstera to withstand. Monstera leaves may be yellow when:

  • The slow draining and compacted soil
  • Pots with no drainage holes in the base cause water to collect around the roots
  • Trays, saucers and other decorative outside pots under the monstera’s bowl, which stops the excess water from draining properly.

How to Save the Monstera By Using Yellow and falling Leaves

To repair a monstera that has leaf drop, yellow or drooping Reduce your frequency for watering to ensure that the soil’s top inch dry out. Ensure that the pot of the monstera has drainage holes at the base, and then check the roots for signs of root rot and trim any rotten roots.

  • Reduce the frequency of watering the monstera, and allow the upper inch or so of the soil to dry out between watering sessions. This mimics the conditions of well-draining soil of the monstera’s natural habitat, ensuring that it meets the requirements for water while reducing the possibility from root rot. Check the soil using your fingers to determine if the top inch is dry prior to wateringto determine the ideal watering time for the monstera plant in your area.
  • Make the monstera’s pot into the pot terracotta or clay pot, that has drainage holes in the bottom. While monstera can be grown in any pot with drainage holes however, clay and terracotta pots are the best because they’re porous, which allows the soil used to grow monstera to dry out more evenly, which aids to reduce the effects of excessive watering as well as root rot.
  • Clean any trays, saucers or other decorative pots that contain excess water after you have watered the monstera. The excess water may pool at the bottom of the pot , and hinder water from the soil and draining properly. This causes the conditions to become boggy, which encourage root rot and the yellowing of leaves.
  • When the drainage is slow, get the monstera out of the pot, and examine the roots. Healthy roots should be white (note that the roots could appear discolored brown due to dirt) and should feel firm with no noticeable smell. If the roots appear soft and brown, with a foul smell, it is a sign of root decay. Cut any rotten or diseased roots back to their normal growth using the use of sterile pruners. Clean the pruners using an soaked cloth in disinfectant between each snip to avoid spreading fungal pathogens to normal monstera root.
  • Repot the monstera with new potting soil, and avoid making the soil more firm surrounding the root ball. Monstera require the soil to be able to drain well, so adding perlite or grit to the mix of potting soil can help increase drainage and reduce the possibility that root rot can cause. Be careful not to firm the potting soil around the monstera too much because this can push oxygen from the soil and stops the water from draining effectively, which could cause the leaves of the monstera to become yellow and drop.

If the leaves of the monstera are becoming yellow and dropping, it could be due to overwatering, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that root decay has caused it.

If your roots appear and feel plump and firm It could be because the excess soil moisture interfered with the root’s respiration and prevents the roots from taking in nutrients and moisture.

After it has given the soil the chance to get a little dry and the roots have a chance to be able to function again, and the monstera could be saved.

If the plant begins to appear more and more savage and more dingy, it’s likely to be that roots decaying and at that point it will be extremely difficult to bring back the plant.

The best way to save the monstera in the event that the roots are dying, is to transplant leaves from healthy growth to create the cuttings of the leaves.

Check out this YouTube video to learn how to reproduce monstera using leaf trimmings for saving your creature:

(Read my article, how to water monstera deliciosa plants).

Should I Yellow Leaves Off a Monstera?

Cut any monstera leaves that are yellow back to their healthy growth using the help of a sharp pair of pruning tools. The leaves do not regain its green appearance after it turns yellow. The cutting back of leaves helps to encourage the growth of healthy , new green leaves.

Can a Monstera Leaf Turn Yellow Again?

Individual leaves of the monstera that turn yellow don’t change color and then turn green. Since a leaf that is yellow cannot change back to green instead, the monstera invests its energy in creating new green leaves when the weather conditions are favorable.

Monstera Leaves Turning Yellow and Brown (Underwatering)

The reason that leaves of monstera are becoming brown with yellow spots is due to the underwatering. Monstera plants must be watered with a good soak when the first inch of soil is dry. When the ground around roots dry completely, the leaves will begin to develop brown spots and the leaves turning yellow due to the drought.

The best balance between soil moisture and watering requirements for monstera is to have a well draining soil that is able to hold moisture, but the top inch must be left to dry prior to the next watering.

If your leaf leaves have turned yellow and have spots of black or brown, this usually means that the soil in the potting area has completely dried out.

The soil will shrink from the sides of the pot, creating an opening as well as the top of the dry soil turns water-resistant (repels the flow of water) which allows water to flow across the surface and down the sides of the pot, but not reach the roots. This causes the leaves to become yellow and then develop brown spots.

So, even if you soak the soil in an ample amount of water however, the water does not penetrate the soil to reach the roots, which results in the yellowing, drought-stressed leaves that have brown spots.

It is also recommended to give the soil a good bath, with the aim of making sure that the potting soil remains evenly moist after watering since watering too lightly dampens the top 1/8 inch of the soil, but does not reach the roots, and can cause the leaves to become yellow.

It is crucial to remember that leaves may change color due to the underwatering and it could take some time before you begin to notice any black or brown spots appearing.

There are other elements that cause monstera leaves to turn brown with a yellow spot due to stress from drought…

  • Heating indoors (monstera thrive at temperatures of room temperature, however when they are placed close to their source of warmth, they could dry out the soil too fast prior to the root systems have soaked enough water).
  • The low humidity (monstera are tropical plants that thrive in moist forests. Dry air from indoor cooling or heating can take moisture away from leaves and cause the stress of drought).
  • Too too much sun (monstera are plants that grow in the canopy of trees and must be kept out of direct sunlight. A bright indirect light is ideal for plants that are monstera).

How to Save Monstera with Brown and Yellow Leaves caused by underwatering

To save the monstera that has green leaves, brown spots and yellow, place the ball of root in a bowl of water. Increase your humidity and humidity by spraying the leaves with water, and place the monstera in a location far from direct sources of heat. The monstera will recover.

  • Put the monstera in a water basin over a period of 10 minutes making sure it is completely submerged. Any compost that is peat-based is prone to repel water after it is too dry. The placement of the root ball in water will help to properly rehydrate the soil so that the roots are able to access the water they require. When you remove the monstera from the basin, make sure that the excess water that is flowing through the drainage holes be drained away, by properly emptying by emptying the containers or saucers that are under the pot of the monstera.
  • Mist the leaves of the monstera to boost the humidity and stop the loss of water. Monstera are tropical plants that belong to humid climates. Misting leaves can help create a humid microclimate that mimics the humid conditions in its natural environment. This helps reduce the loss of water from the leaves, which will aid in addressing the drought stress and help create more favorable conditions , so that the leaves don’t remain yellow.
  • Place your monstera inside a space with a temperature range between 60 and 85 degrees. Monstera plants thrive in a room, however I’d suggest moving the plant away from any heating sources in the house when the plant is under stress due to the drought.
  • Make sure to water the monstera thoroughly to ensure that water drips out from the bottom in the pot. If you water the monstera too little, it can cause dryness, so make sure that you apply a large amount of water when you water the monstera to ensure that the soil in the potting is equally damp.
  • Let the top inch of the soil to turn dry in between each round of watering in order to establish the ideal watering cycle that will keep the monstera. Typically, this means watering every seven days, however I suggest checking the soil to see the soil after the top inch is dry to determine the proper watering schedule for your monstera’s surroundings.

The next time you plant the monstera (only pot the monstera again if the roots are clearly stuck to the pot) Use the potting mix that is peat-free and modified with perlite or grit.

Perlite or grit aids in improving the soil’s structure, to ensure that it stays permeable even when the soil begins to dry out. This makes sure that the soil remains uniformly moist after watering, and that the moisture is able to be absorbed by the roots, where it is needed.

The monstera plant typically is able to recover well after being submerged however, when the leaves are dramatically yellow, then those individual leaves will not recover.

It is recommended to create the proper humidity and watering conditions for your gianta that will produce lots of new leaves during the spring and summer. If the leaves have turned completely yellow because of the drought, you can cut the leaf to enhance the appearance.

Monstera Leaves Turning Yellow After Repotting

Monstera leaves change color after repotted because they’re repotted in an even larger pot that holds excessive moisture. When the pot you choose to use is much bigger, it will contain more soil and it dries more slowly, which causes moist soil that causes the monstera leaves to drop and change color.

When the soil has been packed too tightly around the roots of the monstera it can force oxygen out of the soil, which hinders the ability of the roots to soak up nutrients and moisture.

The soil that is compacted after repotting reduce the speed of drainage dramatically and is a major reason for leaf leaves changing from yellow to or brown.

How to Restore Monstera with yellow leaves after Repotting

The best way to protect a monstera with leaves that are yellow following repotting is cut down the amount of watering that is needed immediately, especially in the case of soil that is already damp.

If you’ve relocated the monstera to an even larger pot then it’s likely your soil has dried out too quickly for the monstera to endure.

In that case, you can repot the monstera in the pot that is marginally larger than the pot that was originally used by the monstera.

When the container is just one size larger than the pot that was originally used, it will dry in a similar manner between every watering session and reduces the chance for root rot.

Repot the monstera using an potting mix modified with perlite or grit to improve the soil’s structure to make it more porous, well aerated and draining.

If you are repotting the beasta look at your roots to see if there are signs root decay (brown root rot, which are mushy and have a strong smell).

If your roots feel solid and don’t have any noticeable smell, then you should repotter your monstera.

If the roots show indications of root rot, follow the steps at the beginning of this article with regard to watering too much and think about the cuttings of leaf from healthy growing plant to help save it.

Make sure that the top inch of the soil in the potting area is dry before you water the monster once more.

Monstera Leaves turn yellow because of a deficiency in nutrients

The leaves of the monstera have changed color during the season of growth and the rate at which leaves change color is gradual instead of abrupt then the most likely reason for the leaves of the monstera turning yellow is the deficiency of nutrients in the soil.

Monstera are large-leaf plants that have large foliage and vines that climb.

The larger leaves need more nutrients to sustain their growth than other houseplants.

The roots may deplete the soil that is used for potting of nutrients, which could cause leaves to become yellow with a stunted growth rate, and stop certain leaves from developing the typical perforations.

This is the reason it is recommended to apply an all-purpose fertilizer for houseplants that aids in fuelling the monstera plant’s growth and keep the leaves from becoming yellow.

Use a liquid fertilizer in the summer and spring during the time that your monstera has full growth.

Typically, I advise not to apply fertilizers after mid-August,, as it can encourage growth in the time at the time when the monstera is getting ready for winter (monstera plants usually have a resting period during Winter when the growth slows, and it is consistent to the cycle of seasons in their natural environment).

Certain leaves that appear mildly yellow may begin to regain their color following fertilizer applications However, any monstera leaves that are significantly yellow tend to not recover and then fall off.

If you add fertilizer in the summer and spring The monstera plant develops substantially more leaves and extends vines. This means that even when some leaves are lost the plant is saved.

Monstera Leaves Turning Yellow and Brown due to too Much Sun

Monstera leaves may also change color from brown to yellow if they are exposed to direct sunlight. Monstera plants are designed to develop from the ground in the shade. If the leaves of the monstera are exposed to direct sunlight, they will turn yellow, then turn brown with the appearance of wilting.

Monstera plants are found in a forest with thick vegetation, with their leaves shielded from the harsh sun.

Monstera gianta’s vines climb the trees to get sunlight and keep the plant from becoming too shaded and being out-competed by plants in the vicinity.

So, monstera plants like the bright indirect light they receive when growing in the indoor environment.

Monster leaves may turn pale, even whitish, brown or yellow dependent on the amount of sunlight exposure as well as the length of time they spend in the sunlight.

If your monstera is located on the window sill, and is it is in direct sunlight, relocate the monstera to a better-lit, brighter location away from direct sunlight.

This will prevent future harm to the leaves. This prevents further damage to the.

Mist the leaves, and then water the beast thoroughly, since direct sunlight is likely to have dried the leaves a bit.

Make sure the monstera is misted frequently to ensure high humidity. water only when you notice that the upper inch the soil is dry.

Do not use fertilizers for now on because the monstera is over-stressed to channel its energy towards the growth.

If some leaves remain slightly green, it’s likely that the beasta will recover, but the damaged leaves will be dying back. At that the time to cut the damaged leaves back to healthy growth using pruning tools that are sharp that will help encourage new growth.

(Read my article on the best way to revive a dying plants).

Key Takeaways

  • The reason that plants like monstera are changing color from brown to yellow is typically due to overwatering. A lot of water around the roots creates conditions for root rot , which results in the leaves turning yellow and drop with the appearance of dying.
  • Monstera leaves become yellow as a result of the water’s evaporation as well as low levels of humidity. Monstera requires evenly moist well-drained soil and is a fan of high humidity. When the root zone is too dry, the leaves will change to yellow and have black or brown spots.
  • Monstera leaves change color after repotted when they are repotted into larger pots. The larger pots hold more soil and can hold more water, meaning they require a longer time to dry out. If the soil is wet around the roots of the monstera over a long period, its leaves will turn to yellow and appear droopy.
  • Monstera leaves change color due to deficiency of nutrients in the soil. Monstera plants are characterized by their large leaves, which result in an intense demand for nutrients. The roots are able to take up all the nutrients available in the soil of the potting, which results in the leaves turning yellow.
  • Monstera plants change to light brown or pale yellow if they get scorched by excessive direct sunlight. Monstera plants are used to being shaded on the forest floor. They are not tolerant of their leaves being exposed to direct sunlight and cause the leaves to become yellow.


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