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How Often will Monstera Make a New Leaf? How to Get More?

It is always magical to witness your Monstera putting out a brand new leaf to its collection and thriving to attain true monstrous size.

The heart-shaped signature-style leaves in a Monstera plant are quite an exquisite treat for the eyes.

But when Monstera plant stops putting out more of those even when they should, it can easily get worrisome.

In an ideal condition, the Monstera plant puts out new leaves almost every 4 to 6 weeks. But the slightest mishaps in its care routine cause them to stop producing new leaves resulting in no plant growth. That said, optimal conditions can encourage faster growth of the Monstera plant.

new leaf of Monstera plant
New Monstera plant leaves grow out from the plant nodes.

Although one can not predict how many new leaves Monstera will produce, you can give them a boost.

But, if your Monstera is shy and not putting out more, read on to learn what might be causing it and tips to grow more of them.

Why is My Monstera Not Putting Out New Leaves?

A Monstera plant thriving in an ideal home with ideal care will put out new leaves every 4 to 6 weeks.

But the drastic imbalance in fundamental care factors can halt Monstera’s growth.

Now, let us dive deeper into individual major care factors that discourage plants from putting out new leaves.

1. Improper Sunlight

To maintain their monstrous stature, Monstera plants need at least 5 to 8 hours of daily bright indirect sunlight.

Monstera placed in a dark, shady place may not receive optimal light resulting in no new leaf growths.

Remember, sunlight directly impacts the energy flow in the plant due to the photosynthesis process.

sunlight needs of Monstera
Monstera prefers to avoid direct sunlight if it is not the morning sun.

Therefore, light deprivation could be the main culprit behind disabling your Monstera to put on new leaves.

On the contrary, excess exposure to direct sunlight can sunburn the delicate leaves of Monstera.

Tips to Provide Optimal Lighting 

  • Place your Monstera plants in the east or south-facing window with sheer curtains to encourage Monstera plants to make more new leaves.
  • Monsteras’ do not complain about the light source, so give them at least 10 hours of grow light.
  • Morning sunlight can work like a charm for your Monsteras, so ensure they get early sunlight.
  • Keep the plant at least 3 to 5 feet away from the window to avoid direct sunburn.
  • Protect your outdoor Monsteras from direct sunlight by covering them with a curtain in summer.
  • Give your Monsteras incandescent grow lights during winter to keep them warm while giving proper light.

In the hope of getting a new leaf, do not sunburn your Monsteras. If you have sunburnt Monstera, do not panic, as they can be treated.

Read on to learn more about light requirement for Monstera.

2. Improper Watering

Another factor that might be preventing your Monstera from putting out new leaves could be because of improper watering habits.

Monstera prefers watering every 1 to 2 weeks and does not prefer wet feet. 

Let the top few inches of the soil to be dry between waterings.

watering needs
Let the top inches of soil dry in between the watering to keep Monstera plant problem free.

Underwatered Monstera often produces droopy, wrinkling, crispy leaves, suppressing plant growth.

In contrast, overwatering causes Monstera plants to develop brown spots on yellowing leaves.

Either case highly interferes with the growth of the Monstera, resulting in no new leaf growth.

Proper Watering Tips for Monstera

  • Give your Monstera weekly watering during summer, and reduce the watering routine in the winter seasons.
  • Opt for a bottom-watering approach to water your Monstera plants to encourage better root growth.
  • Invest in a moisture meter to detect the moisture content in the soil to water accordingly.
  • Ensure the plant pot has multiple drain holes to facilitate a way out for excess water.
  • Avoid overhead watering, and if you must, avoid the leaves from getting wet.
  • Water your Monstera with rainwater or filtered water, and before using tap water, let it sit for a night.

3. Low Humidity

Monstera hails from central America’s dense, humid, and lush tropical forests demanding high humidity.

Unlike other care requirements, maintaining higher humidity is not an easy task.

Generally, Monstera plants seemingly do well at 40% relative indoor humidity level.

However, Monstera needs significantly higher humidity than its natural habitat to grow its new leaves.

Consistent humidity of 60% is also very beneficial for your Monstera, but it is still not enough.

humidity and temperature requirement
High humidity is risky as it invites various fungal diseases alongside pest invasion.

For the vigorous growth of the Monstera, the suggested humidity level is at 80%, which is identical to its ideal home.

Therefore, if your Monstera isn’t producing new leaves, it may be because of low humidity, so check the surrounding humidity regularly.

Tips to Maintain Higher Humidity

  • Invest in a good quality humidifier and keep the humidity high per the plant’s needs.
  • Mimic a mini greenhouse or terrarium for your Monsteras to induce faster growth.
  • Group your high-humidity-loving plants to maintain high humidity naturally.
  • Mist your plants daily in the morning to keep them humid throughout the day but do not overdo it.
  • Place the pebble tray underneath the Monstera plant pot, partially filled with water.
  • Relocate your Monsteras in relatively higher humid rooms like spacious kitchens and bathrooms.

Note: High humidity for a long period can invite various pests and fungal diseases that can harm the plant resulting in no new growths.

4. Nutrient Deficiency

Macronutrients like Nitrogen in the soil directly influence the foliage growth of the plant.

If your Monstera is not putting out new leaves even if you are providing them with proper care, it could be because of a lack of Nitrogen in the soil.

Generally, Monstera prefers fertilization once a month with diluted nitrous fertilizer.

When the Monstera plant lacks nutrients, the plant’s growth drastically stops along with the chlorosis of the plant leaves.

nutrition for monstera
Promptly fertilize your Monstera plants to keep them thriving.

Therefore, remember to replenish the nutrients in the soil promptly with the proper choice of fertilizer.

Tips to Fertilize Monstera Properly

  • Slightly increase fertilization during spring and summer as they are the active seasons for Monstera growth.
  • Reduce fertilization in winter to prevent overfertilization, which can cause root burn and ultimately restrict growth.
  • Fertilize your Monstera only after watering them and letting them stay moist overnight.
  • Always dilute the liquid fertilizers to half their strength and pour them directly on the plant soil.
  • Opt for organic fertilizers over inorganic fertilizers as they do not impose fertilizer burn.
  • You can also add compost and worm castings to your potting mix to boost the nutrients.

Learn more to discover the benefits of using egg shells for plants.

5. Rootbound Condition

Monstera plants kept indoors can reach the monstrous size of almost 10 to 15 feet tall when provided with ideal care.

But when their roots are bounded, they cannot provide enough nutrients to the plant to achieve such feats.

Therefore, if your Monstera plant is not unfurling any new leaves, it could be because of rootbound conditions.

root bound plants
Root bound prevents the Monstera from getting more bushier.

In general, it is recommended to repot your Monstera plants on an annual basis to ensure enough room for roots.

Here I have included a few signs your Monstera may show when they need repotting.

  • Your Monstera plant has outgrown the pot.
  • Roots are peeking out from the drain holes.
  • Water quickly drains out from the pot.
  • Stunted plant growth

Consider repotting your Monstera during the early spring before the active growth kicks in, and use a proper potting mix that facilitates well-drainage.

Is your Monstera drooping after Repotting? Read the article to discover the causes and the solutions.

6. Monstera Variety Differences

The variegation in Monstera plants is something eyes love to behold, but they take a long time to get big.

Meanwhile, non-variegated Monstera plants grow much faster, adding new leaf growth every couple of weeks.

albino monstera leaf
Variegation in Monstera leaves lacks chlorophylls, reducing the plant’s growth potential.

Due to the lack of chlorophyll in the variegated leaves, they cannot prepare food, affecting the growth rate.

For example, Swiss Cheese Monstera can add almost 60 to 70 leaves per year, whereas Monstera Obliqua hardly makes 3 or 4 new leaves.

Therefore, if your Monstera plant has beautiful variegations, it is natural for them to grow slower than others.

Nonetheless, give them proper care and attention, and let them take time to unfurl their leaves.

How Often Does a Monstera Produce a New Leaf? 

When given the ideal environment, Monstera spreads new leaves from each growth node every 4 to 6 weeks.

Interestingly, Monstera seems to welcome new leaves more frequently as they mature.

Similarly, mature Monstera has more nodes available, making more room for new Monstera leaves.

new curl leaf of monstera
Mature monstera plants have multiple nodes from where new leaves can emerge.

That said, the growth of the Monstera plant may vary depending on where they are located.

Outdoor Monsteras can become true monsters with whooping 30 feet tall, while indoors will rumble around 10 to 15 feet.

However, indoor Monstera receives better treatments resulting in a faster growth rate.

The beast size of outdoor Monstera allows them to add new leaves almost every couple of weeks from their numerous nodes.

Besides the positioning of the Monstera, seasons also influence the frequency of Monstera producing new leaves.

Monstera plants undergo active growth during the Spring and Summer time of the year.

curling leaf
To unfurl the newly developed Monstera leaf, the plant takes almost 1 to 2 weeks, depending upon the size of the leaf.

But they go dormant in winter, barely adding any new leaves in colder months.

Once the plant adds a new leaf from one of its nodes, it takes almost 1 to 2 weeks to uncurl them.

However, the duration of uncurling varies depending on the leaf size and the care they have received.

Even though no one can tell exactly how much Monstera plant will produce leaves, giving them proper care will ensure optimal growth.

Therefore, you must always give Monstera the best care possible to add new leaves vigorously.

Tips to Stimulate Monstera to Grow New Leaves

Now that you know the potential of your Monstera, here are some strategies to make Monstera grow more leaves.

  • Carefully prune old, dying, or damaged leaves or part of the Monstera before the active growing season kicks in to encourage new leaf growth.
  • Ensure to clean the Monstera leaves to keep them dust-free and safe from pests and fungal diseases.
  • Find an ideal position for your plant in such a way that they receive optimal warmth and light.
  • Maintain the temperature range between 65 to 85℉ for optimum growth.
  • Give your plants a slow-releasing fertilizer right before the active growth season, followed by proper watering.
  • While repotting your plant, ensure well-draining soil rich in organic matter and multiple holes in the pot.
  • Ensure to repot your Monstera in a larger container than the previous one.
  • Give your Monstera more water and fertilizer alongside proper pruning in the active growing season.
  • Regularly check your plant for pests and illnesses. To avoid pest and disease infections, use insecticidal soap and neem oil regularly.
  • Offer your Monstera a structure to climb on, so they can get much bushier quickly.
Image represents the upward growing habit of monstera
Stake your Monstera for optimum growth.

Conclusion

Your Monstera will bless you with a beautiful, brand-new leaf every month if you provide a dream home.

Let there be adequate lighting, proper watering, and high humidity, and your Monstera will keep adding new leaves with no complaint.

Do you know Albino Monstera exists for real? But they are very hard to acquire and really expensive.

Happy Plant Parenting!

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