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6 Common Mistakes That Lead To Monstera Drooping (And How To Fix)

Monstera plants are truly remarkable and have rightfully earned their popularity. As they find their way into more homes, it’s important to remember that they can be a bit finicky.

If the soil dries out completely, you might notice the leaves looking sad, drooping, or even beginning to turn brown. To keep your Monstera happy and avoid these issues, make sure to water it once the soil is halfway dry. This simple step can prevent the leaves from drooping and keep your plant thriving.

1. Underwatering

Underwatering

Monstera drooping because of underwatering.

Lack of water is a major reason why many plants, including monsteras, lose their leaves. If the soil is dry for too long, the plant can’t keep up its internal pressure, leading to soft leaves and stems. The severity of dehydration will determine if it’s just the leaves or both leaves and stems that begin to droop.

Here’s the fix:

  1. Water your monstera once the top half of the soil feels dry.
  2. Make sure the soil never completely dries out.
  3. Give it enough water so the excess drains out the bottom.
  4. Consider using a moisture meter to keep an eye on soil moisture levels, or simply use your finger to check the soil’s moisture regularly.
  5. Opt for deep or bottom watering methods rather than shallow, frequent waterings.

2. Lack of Light

Monstera drooping because of lack of light.

Monstera drooping because of lack of light.

Keeping your monstera in a spot that’s too dim can spell trouble. Without sufficient light, it will tap into its energy reserves to sustain growth, leading to exhaustion. The leaves might elongate unnaturally and fail to develop properly, causing the plant to appear droopy.

Here’s the fix:

  1. Position your monstera where it can enjoy around 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight daily—a south-facing room might be perfect.
  2. Steer clear of spots with direct sunlight to avoid scorching its leaves.
  3. If natural light is scarce, consider setting up some artificial lighting to fill the gap.

3. Root Rot

Overwatering

Monstera drooping because of overwatering.

Monsteras don’t do well with “wet feet.” Overwatering can block the roots from getting the air they need, leading to root rot.

You’ll know root rot is starting if the leaves begin to yellow and droop.

Here’s the fix:

  1. Cut back on watering.
  2. Take the monstera out of its pot to inspect the roots.
  3. Cut away any rotten parts.
  4. Apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to the cut areas to disinfect.
  5. Repot the monstera in fresh, sterile aroid mix soil and use a pot that has drainage holes.
  6. Water the plant once the top half of the soil dries out.

4. Temperature Stress

Monstera drooping because of cold damage

Monstera drooping because of cold damage.

Monstera thrives in warm environments and struggles with cold temperatures, which is why it’s typically kept indoors.

However, taking it outside in the summer can be beneficial, but be cautious. Nighttime temperatures dropping below 50°F (10°C) can harm the plant, causing its leaves to droop. Similarly, placing it near a refrigerator or in the path of cold drafts can also lead to stress from low temperatures.

Conversely, extreme heat can be just as problematic. In its natural habitat, monsteras are shaded and cooled by trees. Temperatures above 95°F (35°C) may result in drooping leaves as well.

Here’s the fix:

  1. Aim to maintain a temperature between 65-80°F (18-26°C).
  2. Avoid placing the plant near appliances that emit heat or cold air.
  3. Protect it from cold drafts.
  4. Prune any leaves that have been severely damaged by temperature extremes.

5. Improper Fertilization

Monstera drooping because of overfertilization

Monstera drooping because of overfertilization.

Another reason for monstera leaves drooping could be incorrect fertilization. In nature, plants have access to a wealth of nutrients, but in a pot, they rely on us to provide what they need. Without proper fertilization, your monstera might suffer from nutrient deficiency, leading to droopy leaves.

Too much fertilizer can also cause problems. Over-fertilizing encourages rapid growth, but if the plant can’t mature its new stems and leaves quickly enough, they’ll turn soft, causing the monstera to droop.

Here’s the fix:

  1. If your monstera is drooping because it’s not getting enough nutrients, give it a balanced, liquid multi-purpose fertilizer.
  2. Aim to fertilize about once a month, but be careful not to overdo it.
  3. If your monstera has been over-fertilized, repot it into new soil.

6. Drooping After Repotting

Transplant shock

Monstera drooping because of transplant shock.

Monstera, being a large and fast-growing plant, can outgrow its pot in 1-2 years. When this happens, the roots can become too cramped, leading to a condition known as being root-bound. This restricts the plant’s ability to absorb water, causing the leaves to droop.

Here’s the fix:

  1. Repot it into a new pot that’s 25% larger than the previous one.
  2. After repotting, place the plant in a spot with less light. Once it has adjusted, you can move it back to its original location.
  3. Next time you repot, take care not to harm the roots.