The Monstera, also known as the Swiss Cheese plant has become a global favorite among houseplant parents. It is commonly known as the Swiss Cheese plant due to the entertaining holes in the large leaves, representing the famous European dairy product. These plants are finding their way into homes around the world.
Their big, sprawling leaves with a medium-deep green colour are incredibly pleasing to the eye. These plants work so well in living rooms and are fantastic indoor growers. They can be described as requiring medium care. This means you have to monitor their growth and potentially adapt conditions accordingly.
Most plants will show you when they are unhappy and require slightly altered conditions. In this case, the Monstera leaves turning yellow is a sign you need to adapt to their conditions. When there are yellow leaves on the Monstera plant there could be one of a few different issues. We will highlight some of these issues and go through the fixes for each potential issue.
The first thing to be considered when wondering why there are yellow leaves on Monstera plants is light. These plants need bright, indirect light. This means that they should be in a room that has light in it for large portions of the day but without having direct sun on the actual plant itself.
This can be tricky for flats/apartments that have lower ceilings. The best bet is to place this beauty in a room that stays light throughout a large portion of the day but is potentially blocked by furniture or a wall.
All of these preventative aspects are considered - it is great if you can leave your cheese plant outside for a week or so once a year. This is best done in April/May when there is good sun and not too much rain. This helps to encourage lush growth. Only do this if you can find a spot that is completely covered by the sun.
Watering is tricky for indoor plants. Each species has different desires when it comes to watering. Many plants hate being overwatered, some are pretty tolerant of large amounts of water. When keeping plants indoors, there’s nowhere else for the water to go but the pot so there are a lot of aspects to consider.
The Montsera plant likes getting a bunch of water at once until the drainage holes seep. The soil will then need to dry out slightly between waterings before it needs more. During the growing/warmer months this might be a twice-a-week job. During the colder months, you can pretty much halve your watering.
One issue that can turn Monstera leaves yellow is the kind of water you use. Instead of using tap water, use rainwater or demineralized water. This is more pure and natural for the plant and won’t include water-cleaning minerals that are used in our modern world.
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The Monstera likes between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit when it comes to temperature. The more dangerous side to air on is the lower side. Temperatures below 50 degrees can kill the plant. Usually, the leaves will turn yellow far before the plant dies as a whole. If the plant is experiencing lower temperatures put it next to a radiator or central heating system.
Humidity is another factor that these plants are fussy about. They like around 60% humidity. Some owners who cannot provide these circumstances choose to periodically place these plants in bathrooms in the hope that the mist is absorbed.
If you don’t fancy placing it in the bathroom regularly then you can mist this plant. Misting around 2-3 times per week until the leaves are nice and wet is a great idea. Catching water from the air will help these leaves stay nice and green.
The last factor that has a big potential impact on the health and well-being of the Monstera plant is the soil. The soil should be well-draining soil so that lots of water can pass through and not drown the roots of the plant.
If you are still experiencing some soil issues then try to gauge the pH of your soil. These plants like a neutral pH in an optimum world.
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We hope you have learned some great information about how to prevent the leaves of your Monstera plant from going yellow. They are such amazing plants that bring life to any room in your home so they are well worth the effort! Have a look through our website for other tips and tricks for plant care.