8 best ways on
how to stop monstera leaves curling

Are you looking for ways on how to stop monstera leaves curling? We are going to discuss methods to prevent monstera leaves from curling.

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Jimena Bolívar

March 30, 2021


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Introduction

Monstera is a stylish plant that has become popular in indoor decor. It features leathery, dark green, and large leaves which look like a rib cage. As human beings, we need food, proper healthcare, and shelter to survive. Similar to Monstera, the plant needs a quality amount of care. You may give it proper care but still, notice curling leaves.

The curling leaves in Monstera can be stopped by a number of factors. This includes proper humidity and correct watering as the primary factors. Also, you can use quality water, the right amount of fertilizer, well-drained soil, proper light requirements, conducive temperature, and protecting it from infestation.

This evergreen plant has other names like the Swiss cheese plant and split-leaf philodendron. Moreover, it has long, and strong roots hence requires a spacious base. Even though the houseplant has low maintenance, issues like curling can result in damage.

How to stop monstera leaves curling

Monstera leaves curling can be stopped by the methods below.

1. Proper Watering

Watering indoor plants sounds simple but most of us struggle to do it correctly. Some of the tricky things is to know the amount of water to use and when to water. Experts suggest that the proper method to water monstera is through feeling the soil. When watering, you should avoid the following:

  • Under watering: The plant is likely to be thirsty when it starts to wilt, or have brown leaves. However, you do not want your lovely monstera to reach this point. Therefore, stick your fingers in the soil to tell if the plant needs water. If it is dry, that means under watering. Alternatively, lift or tilt the pot carefully to estimate the wetness of the soil.

  • Overwatering: pots feature drainage holes for a significant reason. Overwatering destroy the plant. Roots require oxygen to survive. Wet soil prevents air to reach out the roots. Additionally, moisture causes bacteria and fungi to grow in the soil. This growth produces an odour smell that you can notice and change the situation. Other signs of overwatering are yellow leaves , lack of new growth or wilting. Check these signs and reduce the amount of water if you notice the problems.

Here are tips for watering the houseplant

  • Choose the correct watering can: The best watering can have a long spout, such as the IKEA Vattenkrasse watering can . It controls water around the soil, thus prevents the leaves from becoming wet.
  • Have a schedule: it is not ideal to wait for your houseplant to dry. Have a schedule to check it out at least twice a week. You can download apps such as Happy Plant or waterbug to set a reminder.
  • Time of the day: Water in the morning rather than the evening. This is because the splashes on leaves will dry during the day when the temperature is warm.

WARNING

Note that both under watering and over watering cause leaves to curl. Inspect the soil before watering.

2. Right level of humidity

Relative humidity means the amount of water vapor found in the air at a given temperature. When humidity is almost 100%, air begins to condense into water droplets. Low humidity causes houseplants to dry fast hence need water frequently. On the other hand, water condenses on plants if the humidity is too high. As a result, it causes fungus due to insufficient airflow. Fortunately, you do not need high humidity to keep the Monstera healthy. Humidity above 40% is enough to make it happy. You can maintain perfect level of humidity by:

  • Use a hygrometer: a hygrometer will help to measure humidity levels. If you notice the average humidity is below 40%, then the curling leaves are due to low humidity. Use a humidifier: the best way to humidify a room is through a humidifier. It will depend on the amount of space. -Grouping: group your monstera plants together for them to share humidity. The moisture of plants contributes to the humidity of the surrounding area.
  • Enclosures: a sealed greenhouse keeps humidity compared to the whole house.

3. Proper fertilization

Monstera needs fertilizer as it grows so as to sustain overall health. Nonetheless, Excess fertilizer makes the plant start curling. Also, it makes the plant to be weak and encourages pests. It is recommended to fertilize once a month during summer and spring. There are many common and effective ways to fertilize the plant. Some of the Proper ways of fertilizing are:

  • Use liquid fertilizer: use20-20-20 liquid fertilizerand dilute in a gallon of water. Apply the solution directly to the soil and do not wet the leaves. Lastly, ensure you get rid of excess liquid.
  • Slow-release granular fertilizer: use a quarter of a pound of the fertilizer in a new plant after eight weeks to boost the growing process. This fertilization method ensures an equal concentration of Nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium.

4. Use Quality water

Choosing the right water takes trial and error. You are probably wondering if tap water is safe for your Monstera. It depends on the type of tap water. Softened water contains salts that form in soil over a period of time and cause downsides. Monstera does not like ice-cold water that is direct from the faucet. After watering, fill the watering can with water. This will allow the water to have room temperature. Another good option is collecting rainwater. Do not collect rainwater when you live in a place with pollution. Besides that, use a filtration system to filter the water to let out chemicals such as chlorine to evaporate.

5. Prevent heat stress

While succulent plants are adapted to heat stress, the majority of tropical plants, including Monstera, are not well equipped. The plant grows in a tropical climate with rain and wind. Generally, Monstera indicates heat stress by curling. Heatwave makes water evaporate, leaving the plant with insufficient water and nutrients. The condition can worsen if the problem is ignored for a long time. Curling indicates water loss. When the plant is given adequate care, the problem can be minimized. Try to avoid direct sunlight to keep the leaves shiny and healthy. You can care for your plant in hot weather by:

  • Watering: water twice a day during high temperatures. Let the plant soak until water comes out of the drainage.
  • Use water granules on the pot: the granules release water into the soil.
  • Shade: move the plant to a shadier location during the day.

6. Proper light requirements

Besides water and humid environment, Monstera loves gentle light. Therefore, you have to place it in a room where there is medium and indirect sunlight. Moreover, most houseplant owners have difficulties in examining light requirements. The human eye can deceive the level of light. If you are not sure about lighting conditions in your room, here is a simple method to measure light in your space:

  • Pick a spot in the house where you intend to place the plant.
  • Choose the brightest time of the day, like noon, hold up your hand, and look at the shadow.
  • High light features stark contrast and clearly defined shadows.
  • Low light features unclear shadows and outlines.

PRO TIP

It is highly recommended to place Monstera in a place that receives indirect sunlight. This will prevent the leaves from burning and curling.

7. Well-drained soil

Overwatering plants in pots contribute to poor drainage. According to FAO of the United Nations, healthy soil has several air spaces around the soil. When the air pores are saturated with water, root tissues begin to die. This makes the plant lack carbon dioxide and oxygen. You will then identify signs like curling. If you notice the problem, you have to get rid of the contaminated soil and put it in a hot composting system. This process will remove available pathogens. Use fresh ingredients to re-pot your plant. Make sure you have a mask and gloves during the process. Before watering the plant, check the soil to feel if it is dry or wet. You can tell if the soil is poorly drained by:

  • The leaves start to turn yellow or brown due to the Nitrogen that is leaching out.
  • The soil surface forms algae
  • The soil becomes aerobic and starts to smell
  • Plant roots begin to change color

8. Protect the plant from pests and diseases

Monstera is often attacked by spider mites which are difficult to see with the naked eye. These insects can attack the large leaves and cause curling. This happens because the spider mites depend on the plant for food. Take precautions to avoid pests and diseases in your indoor plants. When you purchase a new plant, put it into isolation from other plants. This will help you to determine if there are insects in the new plant. To add to that, inspect plants carefully before you buy. Check for common signs like clear sticky sap, insect damage, and web. Use clean soil and pots because insect eggs are found on dirty pots. Other precautions include giving your plant enough light and do not overwater.

Conclusion

Monstera is a unique plant and can have varying needs depending on the location. Henceforth, you need to pay attention to its needs to have a good relationship. Ensure you assess the watering needs, light requirements, humidity, and quality of water, fertilization, pests, and diseases. These factors are the main reason for curling and other problems. Follow the tips mentioned above to stop monstera leaves curling. Above and over, the factors will ensure your house plant grows healthy.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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