Monstera plants put out new leaves at the growth points of the stems. Typically, this happens about once a month, but the time length may be as great as every 6 weeks.
The speed with which monstera leaves are produced depends upon the individual plant’s growth rate. A rapidly growing plant (e.g., during the spring and summer growing season) will produce leaves faster.
Overall growth will slow down in the wintertime because this is the plants’ dormant season.
Monstera Leaf Growth & Care Q&A
1. How Big Can A Monstera Plant Grow?
Outdoors, in its native environments of Mexico and Panama, Monstera plants can grow to be 30′ feet high with a spread of about 15′ feet without support.
Then, with the support of a tree or other framework, they will grow until they run out of support.
As a houseplant, you can expect your plant to reach a maximum height and spread of about 9′ feet.
It’s easy to control this growth indoors with regular pruning. Pruning will also encourage more new growth.
2. How Do You Prune A Monstera?
Look at your plant from all sides to determine the shape you want and which part of the growth you want to remove.
Then, do the following:
- Use a very sharp, clean-cutting implement to cut just above leaf nodes at or near your chosen length.
- At the point of your cut, two new leaves will grow.
- After you have trimmed away all of the unwanted parts of your plant, you can use the pruned material as cuttings to produce new plants.
- You may wish to simply poke one or two cuttings into your existing plant’s soil. They will set roots and grow with regular care, making your plant appear fuller and bushier.
- You can also start individual cuttings in water or small pots of soil to create new plants or share with others.
3. How Can You Encourage A Monstera Plant To Grow More Leaves?
Keeping the right environment will encourage your plant to proliferate.
Be sure to maintain a consistently warm temperature, provide plenty of bright, indirect sunlight, water and fertilize regularly and ensure that humidity levels are high.
Monstera likes a consistent humidity level of 60% percent or greater. You can keep track of this with a hygrometer.
4. Why Is Bright, Indirect Sunlight Best?
All plants need light to conduct photosynthesis, produce chlorophyll, and grow.
Too little light causes chlorosis (lack of chlorophyll) and pale, sickly leaves. Too much light can burn the leaves.
Bright, indirect sunlight is a safe bet for most types of plants.
Also, keep in mind, that you should keep your Monstera leaves dust free. Dust blocks the sun and interferes with plant growth and health.
You can clean your plants’ leaves with 8 ounces of distilled water to which a drop each of castile soap or dish soap (not detergent) and neem oil have been added.
Mist your plant every few days, and then wipe the leaves clean.
5. What If My New Monstera Leaves Are Pale And Weak?
New leaves are naturally pale and thin. This is not an indication of a lack of light.
Your new leaves will color up and become sturdier as they mature.
Just be sure your plant is getting a minimum of 6 hours of bright indirect sunlight a day, and it will be fine.
6. How Can You Increase Humidity Levels For Your Monstera Plant?
Running a humidifier can be a good thing for your plants and you.
If you don’t have a humidifier, you can set your plant’s container on a pebble tray with a bit of water.
Don’t let the bottom of the container touch the water because standing in water causes root rot.
The idea is to keep a bit of water below the surface of the pebbles so that it will evaporate upward around the plant to increase the humidity levels.
It’s also a good idea to group plants together because this helps them maintain higher humidity levels in their vicinity.
7. How Often Should Monstera Be Watered?
Frequency really depends on the time of year and conditions.
Generally speaking, your plant will be happy with a soak and dry watering.
Give it a good watering when the top 2” or 3” inches of soil feel dry, and then wait until the soil feels dry again to provide another good watering. [source]
8. How Often Should You Fertilize Monstera?
During the growing season, provide a half-strength fertilizer treatment once a month.
Use a general purpose houseplant fertilizer. Don’t fertilize during the autumn and winter.
Monstera that has just been put into fresh potting soil will not need fertilizing for about 6 months.
9. When Should You Repot Monstera?
It’s a good idea to repot in the springtime at the beginning of the growing season.
Here are the following tips to remember:
- Check your plant at the end of the winter to see if the pot is full of roots than soil. If so, you know you need to repot.
- Use a good quality, commercial houseplant potting soil.
- Move up to the next size pot to give your plant a little room to spread out.
- Always use pots and containers that provide plenty of good drainages.
Good General Care Will Encourage Your Monstera To Grow More Leaves
Monstera is a very easy-care plant. It takes a great deal of neglect and abuse to prevent it from doing well, and it takes very little care to encourage it to thrive.
Follow the tips presented here to keep your Monstera happy, healthy, and producing lots of new, vibrant foliage.