How Do I Revive My Dying Monstera Plant?

Last Updated on October 31, 2022 by Stephanie

The reason behind the death of a monstera plant is typically due to the low humidity, waterlogging and frigid temperatures. Monstera is a tropical plant that requires frequent misting, temperatures ranging from 60 and 85 degrees Celsius, and regular watering schedule of every seven days. The brown, curly or drooping leaves suggest that it is dying because of the drought.

In order to revive a dying beast, it is essential that you recreate conditions of its original environment, which includes about 30 percent humidity, temperatures ranging from 60 and 85 degrees with bright indirect sunlight, the watering process of by watering and leaving the top inch of the container to dry before re-watering.

Continue reading to find out the reasons why the Monstera Plant (Swiss cheese plants) is dying, and what you can do to bring back your dying monstera plants…

Monstera Leaves Turning Yellow

  • Symptoms. Monstera leaf turning yellow, and sometimes brown and yellow as well as brown spots.
  • Causes. Insufficient water, underwatering, insufficient fertilizer, soil that is compacted and the absence of light.

The most frequent reason why leaves of monstera die or turning yellow occurs the result of slow draining and overwatering soils. Monstera needs the upper two inches of the soil to be dry out slightly between watering sessions. A constant dampness in the soil can cause root rot, which causes monsteras leaves to become brown and die.

Monstera Deliciosa, Adansonii, and Obliqua Obliqua, Adansonii and Monstera Deliciosa are hemi-eptite species with ariel as well as the terrestrial root. The roots are found in well-draining, porous, aerated soil that is made up of organic matter found in forests in places like Panama as well as Costa Rica in central America.

If the monstera gets watered too often and the soil becomes constantly damp, this releases oxygen from the soil, which hinders the root from respiring and hinders the ability of the roots to absorb nutrients and moisture from the soil and humid air.

If the roots of the monstera are unable to absorb water or nutrients to move throughout the plant, it is likely that the leaves will turn yellow , which is a sign of tension.

If the monstera is the soil that is saturated for a long time, it can create roots to rot, which can also cause the leaves to turn to yellow and droopy, giving them an appearance of dying.

monstera leaf close up

It is possible that the soil may be too wet due to:

  • The soil is compact, which means that all the air has been pulled out of the soil , which hinders drainage.
  • The pot is not equipped with drainage holes in its base.
  • The saucer or tray underneath the pot has accumulated an accumulation of water that hinders the drainage of water and the soil will remain in a state of saturation.

The yellow monstera leaves could be a sign of waterlogging or a deficiency of fertilizer. Because of their huge leaves, monstera plants are in large demand for nutrients. They can also quickly deplete their potting nutrients.

Regular fertilizer applications are required during the spring and summer months to stop the monstera leaves from becoming yellow.

Monstera is an evergreen plant that usually is found in light filtered or indirect, bright light in its natural environment.

If the creature is located situated in a dark or shady space inside, this is contrary to the natural environment and could cause color change or even the leaves.

How to revive a dying Monstera by Using Yellow Leaves

  • Monstera water when the top of the soil is dry to the feel. The frequency of watering can vary depending on the climate and conditions however, generally watering every 7 days and soaking thoroughly ensures the perfect level of moisture for monstera. You can use your fingers to determine soil moisture, if uncertain. As when the upper inch of soil appears dry and the monstera is a little wet, give it an even irrigation.
  • Make sure to water thoroughly, to ensure that any excess moisture drips through the drainage holes at the bottom of the container. This will ensure it is moist and evenly and the water is reaching the roots exactly where it is needed. Monstera may suffer from drought stress (which causes the leaves to turn yellow) when you water too light. If the leaves of the monstera are yellow because of dry soil, they will usually re-grow fairly quickly after an irrigation cycle.
  • Clean out your trays and saucers under the pots frequently. Dont let water accumulate under your beasta for too long, as it could cause root rot.
  • Make sure to plant them in pots that have drainage holes at the base. Monstera plant needs good drainage and so the water must be able to flow freely out of the bottom in the container.
  • Repot the monstera if soil appears to be too compacted or dense and it is difficult to push your fingers through the dirt. If the soil is compacted, the roots dont have sufficient oxygen to allow for the process of root respiration which is why the leaves change color to yellow. Monstera thrive in air-conditioned soil, so that oxygen can easily get to the roots, and water is able to drain efficiently. Repot the monstera into compost or potting soil and add 1/3 succulent and cacti soil , or orchid potting media to replicate the soil that is porous in the monstera plants native habitat.
  • You should move your Monstera to an area that has direct, bright light. Monstera is a vine in the tropical forest canopy in central America with perforated leaves are spread wide to absorb the maximum amount of light. Direct sunlight can burn leaves, and excessive shade can cause the leaves to change color (in rooms with north-facing windows, for instance). Monstera thrives in an area that is well-lit and has possibly an east or west-facing window.
  • Fertilize your monstera at least once a month during the growing season. Monstera are large-leaf plants that make them extremely nutrient-hungry to sustain the huge leaves. If the plant has been placed in the same container for a lengthy period of time, the roots could drain the soil of nutrients. The soil in the pot might not be very rich in nutrients at first. If your plant is suffering from weak growth and yellowing leaves and isnt being affected by water loss or flooding, then you can use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer in half strength every month beginning in Spring and lasting to the middle of summer (do not fertilize during the winter months or in the fall) that will help revive the leaves that are yellow.

If your beastas color is discolored due to a lack of water, it will quickly recover after a soak, and then a regular schedule of watering, usually every seven days.

If your monstera is excessively hydrated and the leaves keep turning yellow, with a droopy looking appearance, then the monstera could be a challenge to save.

If you are suffering from root rot, root rot, the roots look soft stinky, rotten, and smell while they should be solid if theyre healthy.

It is possible to take drastic action in this case by removing the monstera from the pot, and then removing the soil, and cutting any damaged roots to normal growth using a sterilized pair of pruning tools (wipe the pruners clean with an ointment-soaked cloth following each cut to avoid the spread of pathogens to healthy roots).

But this can be a major injury to an already unhealthy plant. The thing I would recommend first do is cut a piece of a gianta leaf to use to propagate.

Monstera is a prolific propagator, therefore if there are left-over stems and leaves that look healthy, and healthy, then it is most effective method to save the plant.

Check out this YouTube video to learn how you can easily reproduce monstera:

Monstera Turning Brown or Black

  • Symptoms. Monstera leaves becoming brown around the edges, and often curving into the direction of. Monstera leaves may change from black to brown in small areas.
  • Causes. Dry soil, low humidity water loss, excessive irrigation, underwatering excessive sunshine or heat from the indoors.

Monstera leaves become brown towards the edges because of low humidity and hot temperatures in the indoor environment. The Monstera plant is tropical and like extreme levels of humidity and temperatures that range from 60degF to 85degF. Dry air, caused by indoor heating and extreme temperatures, drain moisture from the leaves of monstera and cause them to turn brown.

Monstera is indigenous to tropical forests in central America which is where it thrives in humid environments with constant temperatures throughout the year.

Fortunately, the usual monsteras preferred temperature range generally corresponds to room temperature, but the extreme temperatures and low humidity, and drought stresses that causes monstera leaves to brown could be caused by:

  • The high temperatures caused by the placement of the beast close to a radiator or forced air, or any other source of heat could cause the soil to evaporate and cause the leaves to dry out.
  • Air from air conditioning, cold areas and convection currents that come from sources of heat all reduce humidity, causing the leaves to lose too much water.
  • Direct sunlight may cause the leaves to turn to a brown ( monstera leaves are particularly sensitive to direct sunlight that is bright).
  • Insufficiently watering or not watering enough.

The leaves of monstera usually begin to brown around the edges, they begin to curl due to the low level of humidity or high temperatures or dry soil, however when the leaves turn brown with spots or black, the reason is excessive moisture around the roots, which causes conditions that encourage fungal infections.

There are a variety of fungal disease pathogens which cause the leaves of monstera to change color from brown to black however they are all caused by moist soil and excessive watering.

Monstera Plant Sweating

  • Symptoms. Monstera leaf and its stem seem tosweat
  • Causes. Slow draining, overwatering, the soil being compacted and settling around the bottom of the pot, in saucers and tray.

Monstera plants are known tosweat when their potting soil is wet. Monstera needs the soil to be well-drained and likes to have the upper of the soil to dry out between watering sessions. If your monstera is sweating, then it is a sign that you need to reduce the amount of watering you are giving it immediately.

The sweating effect can generally be cured if you let the medium that you are growing in dry for a few days , to the level of a finger. If you continue to water without letting the soil dry out, the sweating effect could be a sign of root rot, so reduce the amount of watering as soon as you notice.

Make sure that the potting medium isnt too compact or dense and that the water drains easily from the bottom of the pot.

Remove any trays or saucers of water beneath the pot, to ensure that the soil is able to drain and the monstera will re-emerge from its sweaty appearance.

(Read my article on what is the best time do you keep your plants hydrated).

How to Resurrect Dying Monstera by using Black or Brown Leaves

In order to revive a dying monstera plant that has brown leaves, it is essential that you recreate the plants natural habitat by raising the humidity by at least 30%, and ensuring temperatures between 60degF and 85degF. The soil should be watered with an ample amount of water, and let the top inch dry between watering sessions.

  • Spray the leaves of your monstera with mist if the leaves edges are becoming brown. This reduces the loss of water from the leaves, and also creates a humid micro-climate in the area around your monstera. If you find that your beastas suffering from drought stress , then Id suggest misting the leaves daily.
  • Utilize a humidifier to boost the humidity in dry climates. When your home is especially dry due to the weather or the necessity to frequently use heating in the indoors (which reduces the humidity) then a plant-based humidifier is a good alternative as it can boost the humidity to a specific amount that is suitable for the needs of your monstera plant. This is the most efficient and efficient method to replicate the environment of the environment in which the monstera is native in the event that your home is characterized by dry air. Plant humidifiers are fairly inexpensive and are available at gardens and on Amazon.
  • Find the monstera out of from the path of draughts and air currents. Think about whether the current of air generated by air conditioning or forced air is sucking the moisture away from your plant and relocate the plant into an environment that is more stable.
  • Make sure the monstera is within the 60-degree range between 60 and 85degF (The most popular temperature for monstera plants is 68degF or 20degC). This is the range of temperature that monstera prefer to live in their natural environment and therefore, keep them away from heat sources that drains water off the leaves and dry away the soil fast. Keep the leaves of monstera away from cold windows. If the leaves touch the windows, they could become black during winter as windows are much warmer than the rest of the home.
  • Set up the monstera in an area with indirect, bright light. Monstera are climbing vines that thrive in the canopy of a forest with glowing light or diffused light. The leaves are sensitive to the full sun, which could lead to drying out the plant and turning brown near the edges of the leaves or burning the leaves turning brown or yellow according to how intense the sun is. Cut off any sun-burnt leaves since they will not recover.
  • Water monstera by giving an extensive watering whenever the top inch of medium for potting feels dry. It is essential not to water until that top inch of soil is dry in order to avoid overwatering, but always give it a good soak so that any excess water flows out of the drainage holes at the bottom and sides of the pot. This will ensure it is moist and evenly and the water reaches the roots exactly where it is needed. If you water too lightly, it only dampens the top inch or so, which makes the roots grow in shallowness and experience drought stress.

If your monstera is suffering from brown margins on the leaves due to drought stress, the leaves will regenerate and there is no need to trim the edges. If however, your leaves are scorched from excessive sunlight, then cut the leaves back to the bottom of the plant.

The sun-burned leaves dont cause harm to the monstera in any way however, the leaves will not regain their green color and cutting them back can encourage new growth.

If your beast is becoming black or brown in spots and the soil as well as the potters soil are always wet or youve been watering your monster more than every week, the reason why its dying is because of fungal or root rot.

Follow the steps previously mentioned in relation to the monstera leaves becoming yellow due to root rot, as the procedure for reviving the plant is similar.

If your plant suffers from fungal illness I suggest using leaf cuttings from any healthy-looking growth because it is difficult to get a plant back on track once it is suffering from fungal root infection.

Monstera With Drooping Leaves and Stems

  • Symptoms. The leaves and stems are drooping.
  • Causes. Too too much fertilizer, insufficient moisture due to watering too light cold temperatures, not enough sunlight, excessive watering, transplant shock, or a absence of support to allow the beasta to hold onto.

The reason that the monstera leaves are droopy leaves is typically due to the soils moisture levels being low. Monstera require regular irrigation so that the excess water drips off the bottom of the pot. Then let the top inch of soil to dry out before watering it again. If the soil is dry completely, the leaves of the monstera become droopy.

This method of watering is similar to the soil moisture levels that are typical of the natural environment of the monstera.

If you are watering too lightly it is just the upper inch or two of soil is wet, and the water will not get to the root where it is needed.

Droopy leaves may occur in conjunction with the margins of leaves turning brown, but when the humidity is high enough, the margins will remain green, even when the leaves have become becoming droopy because of the drought.

Monstera in pots will require fertilizer during the growing season However, if you apply excessive amounts or apply fertilizer at a high level then the plant will produce excessive amounts of sap, and leaves begin to droop.

Overuse of fertilizers can result in salts accumulating in the soil, which could hinder the roots of the monstera from absorbing water correctly and can also cause the leaves becoming droopy.

If you recently relocated your monstera or repotted it , occasionally the leaves drop in response to stress.

While monstera are robust and adaptable, the monstera adjusts to the particular surroundings with regard to temperature range as well as humidity and light. when they move to a new region, the abrupt change in the conditions could cause shock and lead to drooping leaves.

If the monstera is repotted , the interfering with roots and the new potting soil may make it difficult for the beasta to soak in the moisture that causes the leaves to drop.

The soil that is soaked from excessive watering slow draining, excessively compacted soil, or pots with no drain holes at the base can cause leaves to drop because it hinders the ability of roots to breathe and absorb water.

Droopy leaves could be an early warning signal before root rot begins to take hold.

Monstera is not a fan of direct sunlight, however when the space isnt sufficiently bright, this could cause the leaves becoming droopy. The same is true for temperatures that are lower than 60 degrees in the evening.

Keep in mind the fact that they can be described as climbers that naturally climb on trees in their natural habitat Therefore, it is essential to provide structure for the monstera to climb, such as a bamboo canes or trellis that are covered in moss (available at gardening stores or on the internet).

This mimics the changing conditions in the natural habitat and stops the monstera from falling down.

How to Revive a Droopy Monstera Plant

  • Reduce the amount of fertilizers. While it is a good idea to apply fertilizer, do not apply any fertilizer when the plant is looking droopy. Make sure to water your monstera with an excellent soak under the surface (or faucet) to dissolve any the salts that accumulate because of fertilizer. This will aid in rehydrating the leaves of the monstera that are droopy, and then make sure that the upper inches of soil feels dry (after around one week or so) before giving it another good soak.
  • Make sure to water the monstera with an adequate soak to ensure that the excess water drips off the bottom of the plant. The drooping of leaves is among the first indications of stress due to drought, so give the monster regular watering to make sure it is damp. If the soil of the monstera is already damp, dont water it as the reason for its falling leaves could be due to root decay due to excessive watering.
  • Find your monstera in a spot of direct, bright light. The full sun is too bright for leaves that are sensitive to sun and excessive shade could result in drooping stems and leaves. Put the monstera in a space with direct light that is bright enough to replicate the natural lighting conditions of the monstera and it will re-grow.
  • Make sure the temperature in the room is within the range of 60-85 degrees F. Extremely hot temperatures can cause the loss of water from the leaves, which causes the leaves to drop and cold temperatures strain the monstera, which may cause a plant to drop. Make sure the monstera is kept away from indoor sources of heat or air conditioning in order to mimic the temperature of the monsteras natural habitat.
  • Increase the amount of humidity through misting the leaves frequently. If your monstera is stressed by drought, misting the leaves can reduce the loss of water to help rejuvenate the plant. Monstera typically prefer 30% humidity, so you can mist your plant frequently or purchase a plant humidifier to ensure the right amount of humidity, so that your monstera will be revived.
  • Let the top inch of the soil to dry out between watering sessions. If your soil is always damp , then it is likely that overwatering is the reason for the drooping of your monstera, not submerging. Let the top inch or more of soil to dry before replenishing the water. Make sure the pot is equipped with drainage holes at the base, and empty the trays and saucers underneath the pot frequently, to ensure that water doesnt get into the pot, as monsteras need good drainage.
  • Repot the plant thoroughly and make sure the soil is draining well. Repotting any plant could be an extremely damaging experience for the roots, which may temporarily hinder their capacity to draw up water efficiently. Make sure to water the soil thoroughly to ease any drought stress that occurs after repotted, which could cause leaves to drop. Make use of a well-draining light mix of potting soil for monstera. I like to alter the potting soil using succulent and cacti soils or orchid potting mix to improve drainage and mimic the conditions of soil that monstera have adapted to within their natural habitat.
  • Create the environment of the monstera to help revive the drooping leaves following the plant has been moved. Make sure the plant is in ample indirect lighting, an adequate watering schedule (typically watering every seven days) and increase your humidity with misting the leaves frequently and keep it away from sources of heat, and stay away from the heat and air conditioning. Your monstera will reshape after it has adjusted to its new home.
  • Utilize a bamboo support to help keep your monstera growing up and prevent it from drooping. Monsteras love climbing and may droop without support, so it is best to purchase an appropriate support for your monstera. They is usually wrapped in moss to mimic the conditions that grow in the environment in which the monstera lives. The creature naturally sticks to the support and expands upwards.

Why is My Monstera Not Growing?

  • Symptoms. Leaves with less perforations (or none perforations on leaf) with low growth.
  • Causes. Insufficient light and temperatures below 50oF (10oC) and the absence of a supporting structure, and the absence of fertilizer.

The reason why a monstera isnt growing usually is due to lack of bright light, a lack of fertilizer or support. Monstera plant species have huge need for nutrients and require brightindirect light in order for their growth. Monstera vines are climbing plants which require support in order to climb up.

Monstera plants have huge leaves that require a lot of nutrients to develop properly. If the plant has been placed in the same container for too long, the roots could use up the nutrients available.

Apply a half strength of regular fertilizer for your houseplants once per month during the growing season to revitalize your plant so that it can grow properly.

Dont apply fertilizer in the winter or fall during the time when plants are in dormancy because this could cause the leaves to shrink.

Monstera is a tropical plant that thrive in warm temperatures. They also cease to grow if temperatures are lower than 50oF (10oC).

Monstera also needs direct, bright light to develop. Too much shade could cause slow growth and less perforations and stunted leaves So, put the plant in the most bright room of your home to ensure it has sufficient light and thus enough energy to support the massive leaves.

Avoid direct sunlight since this could cause scorching to the delicate leaves.

Always plant monstera using at least one support. It could be a bamboo, trellis or an individual monstera support item which is typically covered in moss.

Monstera requires climbing in order to grow , so providing it with a structure to hold onto mimics its natural environment to allow the plant to expand upwards.

Monstera Dying After Repotting

The reason a monstera is dying following repotting is that the roots arent planted in their new home, and therefore cannot absorb nutrients and moisture effectively. The monstera leaves begin to drop and lose their appearance following the repotting.

Monstera also require well-draining and porous potting soil for good drainage to prevent root decay.

If the soil in the potting area holds excessive amounts of water or is compacted it hinders the roots respiration and hinders the ability of roots to draw up water and nutrients that can make the leaves yellow.

Make sure that when you repot your plant of the gods that you dont firm your soil too much because this forces oxygen from the soil (required to allow the roots to breathe) and stops the water from draining properly after watering.

When repotting plants for monstera, I suggest amending the soil using succulent and cacti soil , or orchid potting media to improve the soils aeration and increase drainage. This will help mimic the soil structure and texture of the monsteras natural habitat.

It is also essential to transfer the monstera back into a pot that has drainage holes at the base , to allow any excess water to drain properly. Clean out the trays and saucers under the pot frequently to avoid water pooling around the potting area of the pot that can lead to root rot.

Key Takeaways:

  • A dying monstera usually occurs due to dry soil and low humidity. Monstera are plants that grow in tropical regions which require at least 30% humidity and regular watering schedule every seven days. When the moisture is low or the soil is dried out completely, the leaves will change color and develop the appearance of drooping and dying.
  • The reason that the leaves of monstera change color is due to the soil is damp due to excessive watering and poor drainage. Monstera needs the upper inch of soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions. If the soil is constantly wet, the leaves of monstera become yellow and begin to droop because of root decay.
  • If a plant that is a monstera sweats, it means the soil is damp. Monstera plants need the top of the soil to dry out between watering sessions. If the soil remains wet due to excessive watering or poor drainage, the monstera begins sweating in a sign of stress.
  • Monstera leaves become brown towards the edges due to the low level of humidity as well as dry conditions in the soil and monstera leaves change from brown to black because of different fungal pathogens that result from excessive watering and damp soils. The native species of Monstera is tropical forest that have high humidity and moist but well-draining soil.
  • A monstera that has drooping leaves typically occurs due to dry soil, excessive fertilizer, or lack of support. Monstera are vines that climb and require support to stop the plant from falling. A high amount of fertilizer causes monstera to weaken with the growth drooping. Monstera have huge leaves that require lots of water. When the soil becomes dry the stems and leaves become into droopy looking.
  • The reason that monstera arent growing is due to not enough light, or a deficiency of fertilizer, or simply because the monstera lacks an adequate structure to support. Monstera require direct, bright light as well as regular fertilizer throughout the growing season. If the monstera is under poor light and is not fertilized the leaves will not have enough energy to continue growing.
  • To bring back a dying monstera mimic the conditions of its natural habitat by permitting the top inch of the dirt to become dry between sessions of watering. Locate the creature in direct, bright light , and then increase your humidity with misting on the leaves of the monstera each day.





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