Give the monstera a good soak to drain excess water from the bottom of the pot. To increase humidity, mist the leaves with water frequently. When the soil’s top inch feels dry, water monstera.
It’s important to know how often and how often MonsteraMonstera Delicia (also called Swiss Cheese Plant) should be watered. Leaf margins can become brown from underwatering and low humidity, or yellow from overwatering and using pots with no drainage.
Monstera plants have different watering requirements at different times of the year as they can go dormant in temperatures cooler then 55degF (12degC) and 65degF (18degC) during Winter and demand less watering compared to active growth in Spring and Summer.
Continue reading to learn how to establish, water and maintain your monstera plants in your climate at different times of year …
How do you tell if your Watering Monstera are too often or not enough
The symptoms of an overwatered monstera include yellowing and drooping leaves. However, this could be a sign that there is a shortage of nutrients and that the plant needs to be fertilized with a general household fertilizer.
Monstera that are not properly watered can become root rot and eventually die. If you notice your monstera leaves turning yellow, reduce the watering.
Check the soil for any signs of stayration and make sure that water is able to drain from the bottom of the pot.
Underwatered monstera turns brown on the leaf margins and droops. This is an indicator of low humidity.
Air currents can dry out the leaves of your monstera, which is contrary to the tropical conditions found in the monstera’s native rainforest.
If the leaf margins turn brown mist your monstera up to 3 times per week.
It is not necessary to increase watering because low humidity is often a problem in many homes and can cause stress.
Only increase the frequency with which you water monstera when it is drying out quickly. Maintain an evenly moist soil and water only when the soil feels dry.
(Read my article, how to revive a dying monstera).
How Many Times to Water Monstera
Monstera Delicia is a tropical tree that is found in the rainforests of Mexico and central America . It thrives in hot climates with high humidity and frequent rainfall.
Monstera is an adaptable plant that thrives in rainforest conditions. It is susceptible to drought stress and underwatering.
However, the root rot can also affect monstera if the soil becomes too saturated or drains too slowly. This causes the leaves to turn yellow.
To successfully grow monstera in your garden, you need to replicate the the higher humidity conditions of their natural habitat.
Monstera plants need the soil to be evenly moist, but not too dry. To meet moisture requirements and prevent root rot, let the soil dry to the top. This means that you should water your soil with a good soak every seven days, although it can vary depending on the climate and other conditions.
However, it is just as important to keep humidity in check as water.
To create a humid microclimate, spray the monstera leaves regularly with a mist-sprayer. This will reduce water loss, keep the leaves’ margins healthy and restore the rainforest-like humidity.
The frequency you need to water your monstera or mist the leaves is dependent on many factors, such as:
- Humidity level and temperature of your climate and in your home.
- The size of the pot (smaller pots dry out much quicker).
- Whether your monstera is in an area of significant air flow from draughts or in the current of air conditioning or forced air or convention currents due to indoor heating.
- The capacity of the soil to retain moisture.
To determine how often you should water your monstera in your home, feel the soil’s top inch.
If the soil is too dry, reduce the amount of watering.
If the soil feels dry, you can delay watering. However, if the top inch feels like it is drying out, then this is the best time to water.
Once you have an idea of how long it takes for soil to dry around your monstera, you can create a watering schedule that closely mimics soil’s natural moisture levels.
How Often to Water Monstera in Winter
At temperatures consistently between 55degF (12degC) and 65degF (18degC) your monstera plant is dormant.
If temperatures are within this range, water the monstera every 2 to 3 weeks to prevent root rot.
Mist the leaves every week, even if they are in dormancy. Winter homes can have low humidity.
However, Winter can bring about extreme temperatures in homes and heat sources that can dry pots faster than usual.
Place your potted monstera away from heat sources and be aware of signs of drought stress like brown or drooping leaves. Increase your mist spraying and watering.
How Often to Water Monstera in Summer
It would not be responsible to suggest a specific watering frequency for Summer, as this will depend on your climate and conditions.
However, you need to water more in summer when your plant is active growing. Also, maintain humidity by spraying the leaves once a week or more in dry climates.
Normally, you water your monstera once a week in Summer with a good soak. However, it is a good idea to monitor the soil and detect when the top inch feels dry. This is the best time to water your monstera in your particular conditions.
How To Water Monstera
It is just as important to know how much water to give your Monstera as it is how often.
Although climate, humidity, and temperature can have an impact on how often you water your monstera plants, the amount of water that should be used should remain the same.
Water mosntera with an extensive soak so that any excess water drips out of the bottom of the pot.
This ensures that water has properly penetrated the soil, so that roots can absorb the moisture they need.
A generous watering encourages roots to establish, which is good for plants’ health and increases drought resistance.
Watering the soil too lightly causes only the top inch to be moist. The water doesn’t reach the roots and penetrate the soil. This causes the monstera leaves turn brown and droop as a result of drought stress.
Watering the area with a good soak and allowing it to dry for a few minutes replicates the soil conditions in the monstera’s tropical rainforest habitat.
Grow Monsteras In Pots With Drainage Holes So Excess Water Escapes
Monstera plants cannot tolerate soil saturated with roots in water. It is important to plant your monstera in a pot that has drainage holes so water can drain freely after watering.
Watering the monstera so that water drips from the bottom of the pot is a good way to make sure it has been watered properly and that the soil is moistened evenly.
If you plant monstera in a pot without drainage holes, or if the drainage holes are blocked, then water can pool around the roots. This causes the monstera leaves to droop and turn yellow from root rot.
Water may still pool around your roots in your pot if
- The drainage hole becomes blocked with roots or compacted soil. It is worth clearing the drainage hole at the base if your soil drains slowly or stops draining completely.
- Saucers and trays underneath your pots. To prevent water from leaking into your home, it is common to place a tray or saucer underneath your pot. To prevent water from collecting, empty the tray or saucer regularly. The soil should be kept moist and evenly moist to prevent root rot.
- Decorative outer pots. Sometimes, Monstera can be purchased in shops in a plastic container with drainage holes. However, they are placed in decorative outer pots which look great and keep water from leaking into your home. The outer pot can keep excess water from escaping, but it can also keep the soil damp around roots. This can lead to root rot.
(Read my article, how to save a monstera with yellow leaves).
- Water monstera deliciosa plants when the top inch of the soil starts to dry out. To ensure that the water reaches the roots, give monstera a good soak. To maintain high humidity, mist the monstera leaves regularly with water.
- Monstera plants that are under watered or in low humidity turn brown and droop. Monstera plants that are over-watered or planted in saturated soils will turn yellow and droop.
- Monstera is dormant in cooler temperatures and often requires less water in Winter and Fall compared to Spring and Summer.
- Ensure that monstera is out the way of draughts and air currents and mist the leaves regularly to create a humid micro-climate that replicates the conditions of the monstera’s native rainforest range.