Why are My Monstera Leaves drooping?

Healthy looking Monstera Albo
Healthy looking Monstera Albo (Source)

With a nickname like “Swiss cheese plant,” who couldn’t fall in love with this porous plant.

However, you need to keep an eye out because once those pretty fenestrated leaves start drooping, it could be a reason for some serious concern. 

In general, a Monstera plant’s drooping leaves are a sign of bad health.

Generally, it is because you’ve been overwatering your Monstera without adequate drainage or the flip side, letting it dry out too often. The amount of light and temperature also impact the plant. As with all things in life, balance is important.

Ceramic Planter for Monstera
Potted Monstera (Source: Amazon)

Once you answer the basic questions, it’s time to take a deeper look into if maybe some disease or infestation may be contributing to the aforementioned ill-health.

Be it the amount of water you’re subjecting the plant to, the lighting and warmth it’s getting, the quality of soil you’ve placed it in, or even something unexpected like disease and pests; there are plenty of reasons for those leaves to get a frowny face.

Read on and find out in detail exactly what you’re doing that could be causing this malady.

Is it Monstera Leaves Drooping Normal?

Monstera plants are sensitive creatures and react very limply to any changes in their preferred environment.

This is often nothing for you to worry about and something that will sort itself out over time. But there is a difference over an extended period of time or if they start fraying and browning as well.

In simple terms, it is perfectly normal in most cases for your Monstera leaves to droop except for when it is not, as you shall now find out.

In case you and your Monstera species are troubled with yellowing leaves instead, here is a way to Fix a Monstera Adansonii With Yellow Leaves.

Why are my Monstera Leaves Drooping?

Here are the most common causes of droopiness in Monstera plants. 

CausesSymptomsSolution
Inappropriate LightingLeaves won’t split, slow growthIncrease exposure to Sunlight
Overwatering Overly soaked soil,
Droopy, Yellow and curly leaves
Mushy smell from soil
Decrease watering
UnderwateringDry top soil,
Droopy, Yellow and curly leaves
Increase watering
Pests and Disease infestationYellowing around leaf edges,
Lesions on stem,
Rot
Isolate and treat
Transplanting stressLeaf discoloration
Falling off
Present gradual exposure to new environment
Temperature ExtremitiesDrooping discolored leavesPlace plant in a stable environment
HumidityDry, crispy leavesUse humidifier near plant
Improper Potting MixSickly leaves,
Slow growth
Rejuvenate potting mix

1. Improper Watering

Your Monstera is highly affected by your watering schedule and style.

Underwatering is relatively simple, but overwatering can do significant damage to your plant.

Check the leaves for some light brown spots, which are signs of drying. Another way is to check the soil and see if the top layer is crackling and dry.

This is one of the ways to differentiate between an overwatered or an underwatered plant, as the soil will be soppy and dripping if you have been overwatering and craggy if you have been underwatering.

The most obvious sign your Monstera is in bad health is their drooping leaves which is also the case when you’ve over or underwatered your plant.

Spritz water on the Monstera leaves
Spritz water on the Monstera leaves (Source: Pexels)

In cases of chronic underwatering, you will notice a lack of growth in your Monstera plant. This will be accompanied by curling and yellowing leaves.

Overwatering may easily lead to waterlogged soil, inhibiting vital aeration and leaving the root system useless if not timely addressed.

An overwatered plant cannot get the required nutrition when its roots get water-logged or even develop rot.

A quick and easy diagnosis of a bad watering routine is to use a moisture meter on the root of your plant.

A good moisture metre can tell you if your light exposure and the soil pH balance have been off the mark as well; it is a good investment for a plant parent.

Treatment Measures of Underwatered Monestra

  • Water more often or in a larger measure and make sure the soil doesn’t get too dry.
  • Monstera plants grow in extremely humid conditions, so ensure that your plant gets enough hydration. 
  • A good soaking session can do any underwatered plant some good. Take the plant from the vase and let it soak in a tub, roots and all, for a good couple of hours before placing it back in the soil.

Treatment Measures of Overwatered Monestra

  • The first thing is to check the roots for rot.
  • Pop the plant off its vase and ensure no flaccid, rotting roots hang off it.
  • If you find any, snip them off with a scissor and place the plant in a new vase. 
  • A water-logged soil is breeding grounds for rot and sorely lacking in nutrients, so always make sure to change your soil mix after chronic overwatering.

Note: If your Monstera already is suffering from the root rot; Hurry up and inspect the root system right there. Remove the sick sections from the plant and repot it in fresh new soil.

How to Properly Water Monestra?

  • A stable watering schedule is crucial for plants in general, so maybe the first course of action is looking at yours and making changes as they seem fit.
  • Regularly check the soil and ensure that it hasn’t gotten too damp.
  • Check your potted plants now and then to make sure the overflow hole at the bottom of your vase isn’t clogged or blocked in any way, as this could be causing the excess retention of water for your plants.

Have one of these Cute Mini Watering Cans for Indoor Plants, to assist you in watering.

2. Lightning Problems

All plants need light for that crucial process of photosynthesis, and this necessity is what causes a lack of light to be an issue in plant growth.

Other than drooping leaves to spot if your Monstera leaves are not getting enough light, the leaves aren’t splitting like they are supposed to.

Plants placed in bright and indirect lighting conditions near window
Plants placed in bright indirect lighting conditions near the window (Source: Unsplash)

Fenestration is a natural aspect of Monstera leaves, and if your plant isn’t growing well enough and the leaves still look too young and not split, lighting could be the issue at hand.

Another method is to check your soil. A plant that gets enough light will have its soil dry out within a short amount of time; if your soil takes a very large amount of time to dry, a lack of proper lighting would be an issue.

Discoloration in the leaves is another sure sign you have been leaving your Monstera plant in the dark for too long.

However, foliage curling and turning yellow are the outcomes of an extended period of direct sunlight. Saturated sun exposure will also cause browning of the leaf tips.

Therefore, the Monstera should constantly be kept in bright and regulated indirect Sunlight.

Tips to Ensure Proper Lightning

  • The solution is to place your plant to get enough indirect sunlight.
  • This doesn’t mean you should leave your plant out in the scorching sun and forget about it; moderation is the key.
  • Make sure your plant can stay cool enough and get some regular intervals of sunlight.
  • It would be best if it were in a room with east-south facing windows, which would provide indirect strong, filtered light.
  • A strategic placement along the light trace of a window would be perfect.
  • But if your indoors doesn’t get that much light, a grow bulb is your friend.

Grow bulbs are not only the perfect tool for feeding your plants enough rays but an aesthetic arrangement can also present a new dimension to your indoor garden.

3. Transplant Stress

Plant shock and transplant shock should be familiar to any plant enthusiast.

Plant shock is an issue when your plant feels uncomfortable with new surroundings, often when you bring your indoor plant outdoors or vice versa.

This could also be a climate issue when you travel with a leafy companion to a different climate condition; plants are just like humans in that they thrive best when given familiar surroundings.

Transplant shock is a bit more specific; it happens after repotting with a plant that’s already used to its previous home. Some plants adjust better, while other plants can deteriorate really quickly.

Repotting Monstera Adansonii
Repotting Monstera Adansonii (Source: Unsplash)

The way to tell if your Monstera is suffering transplant shock is if the leaves start drooping and yellowing or, worse, fall off easily at the slightest sense of touch. 

The way to get around this is to make sure your new surroundings are as familiar to the old one as possible.

One way would be to slowly subject the plant to the new conditions before making the final move and transferring it to a different pot or location.

Plant shock can be remedied similarly; see if any specific and drastic change has been troubling your plant.

This could be related to the water, lighting, humidity, soil, or anything else in general. Even something as simple as a change in the weather can trigger this reaction. 

Here is an article about Transplant shock on Monestra Why is my Monstera Drooping After Repotting?

4. Improper Humidity

Monstera plants are native to the tropical forests of Central America, where humidity is significant.

As such, your Monstera plant loves an extra touch of humidity. The thing is again not to overdo. 

Nevertheless, these plants native to the rainforest can handle extraordinary humidity levels.

If your leaves have been getting frayed and brown on the edges or loosing their tautness, a lack of humidity might be an issue.

These plants rely on air moisture for proper nutrition, and stunted growth might be an indicator for a dry environment; Monstera grows the best when their native environments are replicated. 

Tips for Maintaining Proper Humidity Levels

  • The simple solution is to get a humidifier and place it next to your plant.
  • While a naturally temperate and humid atmosphere is perfect for your plant, it might not be pleasant for you, so going with a simple misting routine might be a better alternative.
  • Take care not to overdo it, or you might develop rot on the plant, which could be another issue.

In general, as humid and bright as you can handle is the key for this plant, have a rainforest at home if it makes you comfortable. 

Increase the humidity by misting your plant with The Best Plant Spray Bottles, which also can be used for Watering Plants

5. Dry Soil Mix

As previously mentioned, Monstera strives in temperate and humid environments, and as such, they will suffer if your soil has been too dry.

Craggy soil is not a nice place for your plant to spread its roots, and it will display the aforementioned classic signs of dehydration.

Dry and Cracked Soil
Dry and Cracked Soil

Not only this, but dry soil is also not conducive to good nutrition, and your plant will never thrive if it doesn’t get a good base under it. 

Monsteras prefer well-drained soil that is rich in peat and compost.

They grow on the tropical rainforest floor, and this combination replicates the plant debris that falls on them from above and supplies the food they require.

Is wrong Soil Mix the only reason for Monstera Leaves Turning Black? If not find out every Cause with a fix.

Here are a few common commercial mixes

Here is a homemade DIY mix that is a good alternative for a potted Monstera

  • 3 parts compost
  • 2.5 parts coarse sand
  • 3 parts coir fiber
  • 2.5 parts composted pine bark
  • 3 parts perlite
  • 2 tbsp of lime (if using peat moss)
  • 1/4 cup organic cottonseed meal

Solutions for a Dry Soil Mix

  • If your Soil appears too dry, showing cracks, water it thoroughly.
  • Frequently repeat the above procedure until the soil starts appearing moist.
  • Your solution is to maintain a well-fertilized soil mix below your plant with a good pH balance.
  • The moisture levels are key, too, while taking care not to overdo it.
  • A moisture meter is your friend and can sort out these issues for you regarding soil maintenance. 

6. Disease Infestation

Diseases can prove fatal to your Monstera if not treated properly and timely.

As a general rule, Rot will be the first disease to haunt your Monstera plant, be it on the leaves or on the root.

Quarantine your Monstera
Quarantine your Monstera (Source: Pexels)

Leaves rot in a too humid environment by over misting your leaves.

Root rot, meanwhile, is more insidious as it lies below the soil, and popping your plant off its vase is the last resort action for anyone.

If you’ve tried everything and your plant still looks sickly, this might be your time to pop down for a look.   

Spots on your leaves are also a cause for concern as they may indicate fungus. If the spots begin to grow into large blotches on your leaves, this is a call for immediate treatment. 

Solution and Preventive Measures

  • Isolation is the key to even treating your plants because you don’t want the disease to spread to any other plants.
  • For rot, trim off the rotted parts, the leaves, or the roots.
  • Use a new pot and soil mix to transfer your plant into.
  • For fungus, stop misting if you have been and use essential oils as required.
  • Use essential oils during your misting schedule to prevent any chance of disease from occurring.

7. Pests Infestation

Pests can equally be a silent killer for your plants. Here are a few common ones in Monstera plants.

PestSigns
Spider miteBrown and shaped like little tiny spiders,
Found the bottom of your leaves, and
Causing the foliage to brown and shrivel
Scale insectsFlat and round creatures, signified by white and yellowish spots all around the plant.
Check for droopy leaves accompanying white bumps on them
ThripsWhite with tubular-shaped bodies.
Foliage become brownish-yellow color and fragile.

Solution and Preventive Measures

  • You could cut off the infected areas or use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and insecticidal soap.
  • Wipe up the leaves after using pest control insecticides.
A lady is Wiping and cleaning the leaves after using Pest contol Insecticides
Wipe and clean the leaves (Source: Pexel)
  • Your solution to this is horticulture oils that are fatal to these bugs.
  • Neem essential oils are found to do the trick as well.
  • Removing any pest-ridden plants from the vicinity and isolating them in the first signs of trouble prevents these issues readily.

8. Temperatures Extertimities

As mentioned with plant shocks, varying temperatures can be an issue for Monstera plants.

If you followed through with all possible issues and your leaves still appear drooping and sickly, this might be your issue.

Signs like dry and yellowing leaves crispy browned edges might result from varying temperatures. 

Check to see if your plant is in the way of a draft or around an air conditioning unit. Changing temperatures coupled with sharp air flows can dry out the plant.

This is similar to direct and sharp sunlight, where weather changes may cause the plant to be dryer or more humid than expected and thus lead to it being underwatered or overwatered, not to mention the shock to the plant itself. 

Solution

  • The easiest solution is to make sure your plant isn’t exposed to varying and extreme temperatures or sudden drafts.
  • If your plant is to be exposed to these new environments, a system of gradual exposure could do the trick for you.

How to Prevent Monstera Leaves from Drooping?

As always, prevention is better than the cure, and your only method of prevention is to make sure you take good and regular care of your plant. 

1. Make a Checklist and Follow through regularly

Whether with your watering schedule or how often you poke the soil to see how mushy it is, keep a list of your maintenance checks and do them regularly.

2. Accessories with the Right Tools

A good humidifier to make sure the environment is perfect for your Monstera plants can be a good tool for prevention and good health.

Add a moisture meter to check for the moisture and pH levels of the soil, and a grow bulb for periodic light exposure.

A nice combination of essential oils and other aforementioned gadgetry can help you make sure you provide your plant baby the optimum care.  

Ensure that you have just the tools in your arsenal to ensure your plant never suffers from any droop.

3. Try to Recreate Perfect Environment

Think of a Central American rainforest. Now try to recreate one at home (or as close to it as possible), and there you go, that’s the perfect environment for your Monstera.

This requires, firstly, enough moisture. Spritz and often spray for the perfect mixture of mist and sunlight for your plant.

Keep it temperate, as hot as you can handle, and as consistent as possible. What’s a little bit of the “hot and humid” at home for the perfect environment for your plant? I’m sure we all can make a bit of that sacrifice.

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Conclusion

All in all, a little droop might be seasonal or transitional and nothing to worry about.

But if it gets chronic or the plant starts displaying other symptoms, it might be time to watch out for some bigger issues at hand. 

After reading this you might be wondering the benefits of your hard work, well you won’t get unpaid since there are some Incredible Monstera Plant Benefits You Didn’t Hear Of.

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