Monstera plants grow new leaves every 4 to 6 weeks, one at each growth point. As the plant continues to grow, the rate of growth will begin to increase too. This is because more nodes exist, therefore more new leaves can be produced.
Monstera plants have been known to grow up to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide outside. Indoors, the growth tends to be capped at around 9 feet. That being said, with the correct conditions you can promote growth as far as you would like.
If you wish that your Monstera grew more new leaves, we suggest adjusting the humidity levels in your environment.
They will survive in environments with a humidity level of 40%, but the plant will thrive if the humidity level exceeds 60%.
To keep this level of humidity, we suggest using pebble trays and mist the leaves of your plant regularly. It is a good idea to purchase a hygrometer to allow you to closely monitor the humidity.
You should also focus on keeping the leaves of your Monstera plant clean. This will prevent the plant from developing a fungal disease on the leaves, which can seriously impede plant growth. In some situations, these diseases could be fatal to your plant.
We suggest filling a small spray bottle with water, a teaspoon of neem oil, and a drop of dish soap. Spray this on the leaves of your Monstera plant and wipe off the excess using a kitchen towel.
Newer Monstera leaves will be thinner and lighter green in color, similar to lime. This is only temporary, and the new leaves will darken and thicken as they age.
How do you make a Monstera bushier?
You can easily alter the shape of your Monstera plant through the use of careful pruning and gentle modification of the environment that it is contained within.
If your Monstera is beginning to appear a little leggy and straggly, this is likely because it is not getting enough light. Move it to a position where the plant can access 6 hours of bright, but indirect sunlight each day.
You should take stock of how many stems of the Monstera are found inside your plant. If there is just one then your plant will not appear bushy at all. To increase the number of stems you must follow a very simple procedure.
Take a small cutting from one of the existing stems and place it inside the pot with the others to propagate. If your plant is too immature to take a cutting from, you should allow it to grow more first. It may well become bushier on its own.
Pruning is a great way to boost and localize the new growth of your plant. Initially, you should cut away the leaves that are growing furthest from the stem at the center of your Monstera. The node that you cut at is where new growth will begin.
This means that it is often a good idea to cut long stems all the way back to the first node above the soil. This will promote new growth near the center, so the plant becomes bushier.
If your plant has small leaves, you can try to promote the growth of bigger leaves to hide the stems and give the plant a more bush-like appearance. The easiest way to do this is to give the plant some fertilizer and to provide it something to grow around.
It may seem counterintuitive to encourage your plant to grow upwards to be more bushy but trust us. The leaves tend to grow larger as it climbs, making the overall plant appear more bushy.
Why is my Monstera not putting out new leaves?
Monstera plants have a natural period of dormancy during their lifespan. This commonly occurs during the colder months of the year, think late autumn until spring.
During this time, the plant understands that energy and resources are limited. This means that it will stop producing new leaves and will instead use its reserves to support the health of the already existing plant.
If you are underwatering your Monstera, this could be another reason why new leaves are not growing. There are simply not enough resources available to the plant to support additional growth, so the Monstera will simply focus on sustaining itself.
If the leaves of your Monstera are beginning to droop downwards and fall off, this is a sign that you are underwatering it.
One of the leading reasons that your Monstera is not putting out new leaves is due to insufficient sunlight. Sunlight is required for the plant to photosynthesize and generate energy for growth. Ideally, your Monstera should be receiving about 6 hours of bright and indirect sunlight each day.
Your Monstera may have stopped growing because there are insufficient nutrients contained within the soil. The most important ones are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus and are uptaken into the plant through the root system.
If you are growing your Monstera in a plant pot, there is a limited amount of these nutrients found within the soil. These levels tend to be depleted within about 3 to 9 months.
To replace these nutrients, you should add liquid fertilizer to the plant pot. You are likely to need to dilute this to prevent chemically burning the roots.
Your Monstera may be rootbound. This is where the plant’s roots have filled the entirety of the pot it is contained within, pushing the soil out of the way.
This means that the roots can no longer absorb water as there is no space in the soil for the water to soak into.
This happens as the plant grows if you do not re-pot it regularly. To tell if your Monstera is rootbound, you will need to take it out of the pot and look at the roots.
If they are tightly coiled together, your plant is rootbound. As a general rule, you should do this once every 2 years.