Monstera New Leaf Growth

There is a distinct feeling of excitement that only true plant enthusiasts know when they spot a new furled-up Monstera leaf developing on the side of this gorgeous plant.  Every time you walk past, you feel compelled to stop and inspect the progress of the new growth.

Monstera plants can develop new leaves every 4 – 6 weeks when kept in optimal conditions. Plants can be encouraged to develop leaves by providing lots of light and increasing the humidity. Correct potting, fertilizing, watering, and keeping the existing leaves clean will also stimulate new growth.

Encouraging healthy growth and the formation of new leaves on all varieties of Monstera plants is vital if you want it to reach an impressive size. These tropical climbing giants can be a showpiece in many settings if they are provided with the correct care.

Monstera New Leaf Growth

There are 45 types of Monstera plants. The most common plant in this family is Monstera Delisiosa, which is also known as ‘Delicious Monster’ or ‘Swiss Cheese’ plant. This variety can become enormous, and the largest have been known to reach 10 – 15 feet tall indoor and stretch 8 feet across.

Monstera plants need support to reach impressive. In the warm, tropical rainforests of Central America, where they originate, they would use trees for support. If you acquired a young plant, it might not have developed aerial roots when you purchased it, but as it grows, these roots begin to form and spread.

Providing a moss pole will give your Monstera plant the support it needs to grow upwards and reach an impressive size. There is nothing tiny about these bold plants with the distinctive split leaves. If provided with the ideal conditions and climbing support, they can grow between 1 and 2 feet per year. That is a lot of new leaves to watch unfurling.

Once they have formed, new leaves take between 1 – 7 weeks to unfurl. It can be an exciting time for plant owners, but under no circumstances should a new leaf ever be manually unfurled. Patience is required as some leaves can take almost two weeks to open. The best way to encourage a ‘slow’ leaf to open is to increase the amount of light the plant receives.

New Monstera leaves are often a slightly lighter shade of green than the parent plant. This is especially noticeable during periods of active growth when many new leaves are forming. The color of the leaves darkens as they mature.

Besides their size, Monstera plants are known for the holey pattern on their huge leaves, called fenestrations.  These holes are already fully formed and are already visible, while new leaves are still tightly furled. But if you have a young plant, you may have noticed that the leaves don’t have the distinctive Monstera holes and split leaves.

Age is a determining factor in whether Monstera leaves will form fenestrations. Plants under three years of age usually don’t have any split leaves. When it has matured and conditions are favorable, new leaves will begin to form with the distinctive Monstera leaf shape.

New leaves that develop without fenestrations are therefore completely normal. So long as Monstera is kept in favorable conditions, it will mature, and new leaves will eventually start forming that exhibit the iconic split-leaf shape.

Monstera New Leaf Growth

For Monstera plants to look healthy and regularly grow new leaves, they require attention to a specific set of conditions that will closely mimic their natural jungle origins. These are:

  • Light
  • Humidity
  • Correct watering
  • Nutrient requirement
  • Correct potting
  • Keeping the leaves clean

Providing ideal conditions will not only ensure that your plant looks healthy, but it will stimulate growth. The more growth points a Monstera has, the more new leaves will develop.

Monstera New Leaf Growth Is Affected By Light

Sufficient light is a critical factor that affects the active growth of Monstera plants. These plants need a high amount of indirect light to thrive. Although the enormous leaves cannot tolerate harsh sunlight, the plant needs sufficient light to grow and develop new leaves.

The fenestrations on the leaves of Monstera plants are an adaptation that allows light to reach leaves that are lower on the plant. In nature, these giant climbers would support themselves against the sides of trees, and layer upon layer of leaves would form as the plant reaches higher.

Light is the most important element in determining how fast your Monstera plant will grow. If you notice that your plant seems healthy but grows slowly, try moving it to a brighter position.

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Humidity As A Factor In Monstera Leaf Growth

Monstera plants can cope perfectly in average home conditions, but increasing the humidity to around 60% will stimulate more vigorous growth. As more growth points develop, more leaves will form.

These large-leaved plants hail thrive in higher humidity conditions. You can increase the humidity for the plant by regular misting, grouping the plants, providing a pebble tray, or keeping the plant in a humid area, like a bright bathroom.

Watering A Monstera to Encourage New Leaf Growth

Besides the plants’ impressive appearance, another reason Monsteras are such popular houseplants is that they are easy to keep and don’t require much care. However, if you want to encourage growth and the formation of new leaves, providing the plant with a consistent supply of water is essential.

Monstera may tolerate erratic watering, but consistent watering is essential to develop healthy new leaves that unfurl and mature. Put the plants on a schedule and water deeply each time the soil dries out. Always check the soil before adding water, as you also need to avoid drowning the roots, which can lead to serious problems like root rot.

While you don’t want the plant to dry out completely, let the top layer of soil become dry before you water each time. But don’t allow the plant to go into energy-saving drought mode if you are trying to encourage growth. Ensure that drainage holes in the pot are open and deeply water all the soil around the base of the plant regularly.

Adding Fertilizer to Encourage New Leaf Growth In Monstera

Soil with fertilizer for monstera

Regularly adding fertilizer to your Monstera plant will not only boost its overall good health but will encourage it to grow faster. Faster growth will mean more new leaves.

Monstera plants grow faster during the spring and summer and slow down over the winter months. It is important to provide some extra nutrients during the active growing phase to support the development of healthy new leaves.

A good quality, all-purpose water, water-soluble plant food applied every two weeks will be perfect for providing your Monstera with the boost it requires to grow quickly. Be careful never to over-fertilize as a buildup of salts and other minerals can change the pH of the soil and be detrimental, or even burn, the roots.

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Monstera Leaf Growth Is Affected By Potting

When your Monstera undergoes rapid growth, it will produce new leaves. But keep in mind that while the top of your plant is undergoing exciting changes, the roots are also expanding, and you may need to re-pot your plant regularly.

Planting a small Monstera plant into an overlarge pot with too much soil around the root ball tends to hold moisture against the roots. This can lead to issues relating to excess moisture after watering.

On the other hand, keeping a Monstera in a pot that is too small can stunt its growth. 

The roots of a Monstera plant should take up most of the space inside the pot with just an inch or two around the sides for growth. Aerial roots can trail over the sides of the container.

Staking your Monstera will encourage it to grow new, larger leaves and holds them in an attractive shape. The plant will then grow upwards like it would in nature.

Monstera New Leaf

Encourage Monstera Growth By Keeping The Leaves Clean

Monsteras leaves are gorgeous tropical giants that can form impressively large, distinctive-looking fenestrated leaves. But like all large, flat surfaces in your home, the leaves can get covered in dust, and without warm tropical rain showers, this film can affect the plants’ ability to photosynthesize.

To grow rapidly and produce new leaves, Monstera needs a good supply of sunlight to reach the large surface of its existing leaves. Using a neem oil solution will not only keep the plant looking clean, but it will also work as a natural pesticide to protect your beautiful plant.

All you need to keep a Monstera plant’s leaves clean are a spray bottle filled with water. Add a teaspoon of neem oil and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Shake and spray it onto the Monstera leaves. Then wipe the leaves with a soft cloth.

Conclusion

Monsteras are popular houseplants that can grow to an impressive size. They are usually easy to keep and don’t require special care. Increasing the amount of light that the plant receives is the most essential element to encourage new leaf growth.

In addition to providing a higher humidity, watering, fertilizing, and keeping the beautiful leaves clean will ensure that your Monstera will soon be needing a moss pole to support all its gorgeous new fenestrated leaves.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monstera

https://www.pennington.com/all-products/fertilizer/resources/how-to-grow-and-care-for-monstera-deliciosa