How often do Monstera grow new leaves?

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Monstera Deliciosa grow pretty quickly in general, if you provide them with the right conditions. This is great for those of you on a budget, because it means that rather than spending £70 on a big one, you can buy a little one and wait.

If (and it’s a big if) you’re prepared to nurture it.

But, if you everything properly, your monstera should have no problem producing new leaves on a monthly basis – more, if your plant is big enough to have multiple points of growth.

But the frequency of which your monstera grows new leaves isn’t something the plant controls. You control that. The plant just sits there, doing their best. It’s up to you to provide food, water, and light to enable it to grow. The bigger it gets, the more leaves it’ll be able to produce at once.

If your plant can grow one leaf per growth point per month, then the more growth points the plant has, the more leaves it can produce.

This is a pretty in-depth article about coaxing monstera deliciosa to grow quickly. If you want more of a quick guide about general care, I have an article on that here.

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Are Monstera easy to grow?

This is a loaded question and it doesn’t exactly have a straightforward answer.

Monstera are easy to keep alive. In fact, unless you’re overwatering it or keeping it somewhere that’s too cold for a long time, they’re pretty hard to kill.

Like, really hard to kill.

Remember when Monstera where the it plant? Happy days. They come in a variety of sizes, a few different colours, and they’re hard to kill.

What more can we possibly want from a plant? Apparently we hate that they don’t die if the wind changes direction, so we made Fiddle-leaf Figs then new it plant and Monstera Deliciosa were so passe. Seriously, what’s wrong with us?

If you struggle to keep plants alive get a Monstera. Whilst they’re unlikely to grow as big as a FLF (unless you give it something to climb up), you’re more likely to be able to keep it alive long enough to grow it. Also, Fiddle leaf figs are actual trees, so it’s hardly a fair competition.

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Are Monstera easy to propagate?

Yes, they’re SUPER easy to propagate. You can make another plant by taking a cutting here:

Then either stick the plant in soil or water.

Propagating a plant and then putting the cutting in with the mother plant is a great way of making plants look fuller.

You absolutely can do this with monstera but those things have HELLISH roots, so prepare to buy some big-ass pots. I prefer to keep my monstera separately, and only propagate if I want a separate plant.

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Staking your Monstera can help it grow bigger leaves

Because Monstera have such big leaves, they don’t have a problem looking full. In fact, it’s thought that one of the reasons they develop splits and holes is to allow light to reach the lower leaves.

So if you’re after a big plant quickly, stake it up rather than propagating it. A lot of vining plants create bigger leaves when they climb upwards because…

…ok pretend you’re a plant. Why are you climbing up a tree? To reach the sun (the sun is always up, for there are no ceilings in the rainforest). With more light (from the dun you’r climbing towards) you can grow bigger leaves and use those to capture even more light to make more leaves.

So if you allow your monstera to climb, it’ll grow bigger leaves. However, you’ll need to give it more light keep it strong. It doesn’t know the sun can’t penetrate through the roof of your house.

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How do you make Monstera grow faster?

Ok, so we’ve covered how to make your monstera grow bigger, but how do we convince it to grow faster?

You can make Monstera grow faster by giving them more light

Your monstera needs light to create energy to grow. In that respect, the more light the better.

However, as you probably know, the sun is pretty hot, and it burns you. I’ve never had a problem with Monstera leaves burning, but then I live in the UK and mine was in an east-facing window.

For optimal growth, then a south or west-facing window with either textured glass or a sheer curtain is best.

I stick to east-facing, and the occasional afternoon sunbathing sesh outside, but that can encourage bugs, so it’s not for the faint-hearted.

If you have a variegated Monstera, the white portions are more prone to burn, so mine is in a west-facing room, but a few feet back from the window. It is a constant source of anxiety for me, but I love it anyway.

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You can make Monstera grow faster by watering them properly

Monstera like to drink a LOT of water. They also do NOT like to be watered too often.

Haha, to be honest, this is true for an awful lot of tropical plants. It sounds like it’s contradictory, but it’s not. And it’s one of the few ways we can provide better care for our monstera than if it were in the wild – we can water it on a schedule.

I know a lot of people would love a plant watering schedule, but let me be clear: we’re on the monstera’s watering schedule; it won’t adhere to ours.

Luckily, since Monstera don’t like to be watered too often, we can sort of put them on our schedule. And here it is:

  • If the probe reads 2 or below, water it. If not, wait another week.

This is the moisture probe I recommend. It’s super cheap from Amazon and doesn’t need batteries.

  • If you’re more comfortable probing it every couple of days, go for it, but I doubt a plant that has soil above a 2 on the moisture metre will dry out to the point of root damage within a week UNLESS it’s in a tiny terracotta pot.
  • Bottom water your monstera. Leave it to soak for a couple of hours. If the soil still isn’t throughly wet, then top water as well. This is especially important if your monstera is in a terracotta pot
  • Allow all the excess water to drain away before putting monstera back in it’s home
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You can make Monstera grow faster by increasing the humidity around them

Monstera are perfectly happy to survive in normal room humidity, which is usually around 40%. If you have designs on growing an enormous Monstera (a monster Monstera if you will, lol, lol, lol) then 40% won’t get you there in a hurry.

Ideally, we’re looking at about 65% humidity for optimal growth. I mean, it may grow quicker at 80% humidity but you’ll increase the likelihood of root rot, and we definitely don’t want that.

Firstly, you’re going to need a hygrometer. You may have the required humidity – I do. I’m not bragging (a damp house isn’t all it’s cracked up to be), I just don’t want you to rush out and get a humidifier if you don’t need one.

I have this hygrometer from Amazon. It comes with a battery and displays the humidity and temperature.

If you’re committing to getting your monstera to chuck out more leaves, and your humidity is under 60%, I’d advise you to get a humidifier. Misting spreads disease and fungus, and pebble trays don’t work well enough.

The humidifier I recommend is the Levoit one. It’s recommended by a lot of plant care gurus for a couple of reasons:

  1. It produces warm mist as well as cool, so it won’t cool your plant in winter. Warm mist is also more rainforesty.
  2. It can be programmed to come on automatically when your humidity dips, so you don’t need to worry about remembering to run it
  3. It has a big reservoir so you’re not constantly filling it
  4. It’s not too noisy. There are some reviews on Amazon that say it’s noisy, but I defy you to find a humidifier on the market that doesn’t have at least one person complaining that it’s noisy.

And just think, you can make the money you spent on the humidifier back by selling Monstera cuttings.

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You can make Monstera grow faster by keeping them clean

Keeping your monstera dust-free is one of the least sexy but most effective ways of convincing your monstera to put out more leaves.

This is the time you can crack out that pretty mister you bought – although I’ve never found a pretty one. I use amber glass spray bottles because I love functional decor.

Add a teaspoon of neem oil to the spray bottle and fill it almost to the top with water. Tap is fine, but filtered water is a nice touch. Add a drop of dish soap, screw the lid on and shake it up.

You can add everything in together, but adding the dish soap after the water means you can get more water in without getting bubbles everywhere.

Spray your plant liberally, and then wipe each leaf with a cloth or kitchen towel.

If you’re really diligent (read: I would never be bothered to do this) you can remove the dust beforehand with a microfibre cloth, then spray and wipe.

Using the neem oil spray deters pests and kills any that might be hanging around. Other pest control methods I employ are keeping spiders on my plants to eat bugs. It works like a charm if you can get them to stay.

In my experience spiders love to live on Calathea. I have no idea why.

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You can make Monstera grow faster by fertilising them properly

I have a whole post on fertilising plants here, but overfertilising can do more harm that good, so stick to using a gentle general purpose monthly, diluted to half the strength the manufacturer recommends.

Always fertilise moist soil, so water, fertilise, then flush through with clean water.

Alternatively, you can add worm castings to your potting mix, for a gentle, natural fertiliser.

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You can make Monstera grow faster by repotting them

Monstera don’t like to have too big a pot (though they can tolerate a lot of room better than most other plants), but they do grow large root systems quickly.

To check if your Monstera needs repotting, check its roots.

Roots protruding from the drainage holes is sometimes a sign, although if you bottom water you can find that some plants grow roots straight down to get to the water.

Hence why you shouldn’t let plants sit in water, since it encourages roots to grow down.

If the roots are growing in a circle around the outside of the soil, it’s best to repot. I like to keep Monstera Deliciosa in terracotta pots because they naturally semi-epiphytic (they don’t necessarily root in the ground) and like a lot of soil aeration.

It’s perfectly fine to keep your monstera in regular house plant potting mix, with a bit of added perlite or orchid bark for aeration. However, if you make your own (I have a recipe on this post) it can encourage the roots to grow stronger because they have to work harder to keep the plant upright.

Standard house plant potting mix can be take a while to drain, especially if you don’t add additional drainage, and you run the risk of the dreaded root rot.

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Variegated Monstera grow more slowly than green ones

I thought I’d just mention this, since variegated monstera are somewhat, ahem, pricey, that they don’t tend to grow as quickly as green Monstera.

The reason for this is, I assume, that they don’t have an much chlorophyll with which to photosynthesise, so they have can create less energy. That being said, these tips will help increase the speed of growth, even if it still doesn’t grow that quickly.

My Thai Constellation is yet to put out a new leaf. She’s currently recovering from her ordeal last weekend (I repotted her).

There was a small amount of root rot which I removed. I didn’t have all the ingredients to make proper soil mix, so she had to make do with orchid, coco coir, and perlite. I can always top dress with worm castings later though.

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Final thoughts on how often Monstera put out new leaves

As I said in the beginning, Monstera tend to put out new leaves monthly. I will add that mine seems to observe season from a calendar perspective rather than actual conditions.

I get no new leaves from October until March, even though most of my other plants keep growing winter, albeit with smaller leaves due to the lack of light.

It’s interesting that they’re so sensitive to time of year, considering they’re hard to kill.

The better you care for your plant, the quicker it’ll grow, and the new growth will be bigger and more likely to have splits and holes.

18 thoughts on “How often do Monstera grow new leaves?”

  1. I loved reading your article! I recently got both a monstera and a variegated one, and I’ve been anxious to know how often they usually produce leaves. And I like your style of writing

  2. Thanks so much! I have noticed that not only do variegated monstera go much more slowly than regular ones, but they take longer to get established in your home too, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see any new growth for a while. As long as your plant isn’t actively declining, it’ll be fine.

    Putting my regular Monstera outside had a MASSIVE impact on its rate of growth – I put it in the shade for a few hours whenever the weather’s good (not often in the UK tbh) and it really made a difference.

    Good luck with your Monstera!

  3. Hi, I live in England, and Ive3 just seen these plants in my local Aldi, I’m going back to buy one, after reading your article, Many thanks,
    Keep safe, best wishes, from the UK.

  4. Yesss go Edina! Mine has been growing like mad because I had it outside, but since it’s done nowt but rain for the past week, he’s back in again.

  5. I bought a large and possibly old, monstera delicious several months ago but it hasn’t produced any new leaves. I have followed every piece of advice I can find (especially yours) to encourage new growth but without success. Is there a possibility that the plant is a lost cause? Please help!

  6. Noooo! Some plants really, really hate being moved, and can take a while to get established in a new place. As long as it’s not declining, I’d leave it be. I bought a lot of plants early last year that haven’t started growing until this month, nearly a year later. Now they’re growing really quickly. I assume they were concentrating their energy on growing roots, or supporting existing growth.

    You could try taking a cutting or two – it can encourage new growth to emerge from where you cut.

  7. Your article is ever so helpful! Thank you! My Monstera Albo seems to be growing a new growth point from near the soil level and I wasn’t sure if it was an aerial root at first. I’m new to plant parenting and I Didn’t know it’s possible for this plant to have multiple growth point until reading your article. I’m so excited now!

  8. You’re welcome, I’m glad it helped! and more growth points can mean more cuttings. Maybe you can make the money back on the albo! Plants are awesome.

  9. My 15 year old monstera has loads of new very small leaves growing but they quickly die off. Any idea why this might be?

  10. First off, check for pests. Thrips and aphids both love new growth, and they can hamper growth.

    The small leaves could be due to lack of light or lack of nutrition.

    Over time, the larger leaves block out light from new growth – that’s thought to be why Monstera grow fenestrated leaves over time – it allows light to get to the lower leaves.

    Train it up a pole or move it to brighter area. Grow lights would work too, but I’ve found putting mine outside in the shade for a couple of hours works wonders.

    If you haven’t fertilised, do so, but dampen the soil first and dilute the fertiliser so it’s half as strong as the manufacturer recommends. Go for either a balanced one or ones that’s higher in nitrogen.

    Check the roots too – I’d be surprised if a 15 year old plant has suddenly developed root rot, but you never know! It may be time for a repot too.

  11. Great article, very helpful. I have a Monstera that is almost 3 years old and has grown big through every spring summer however over the past year it has not grown a single new leaf. Recently a few of the very old leaves turned yellow and died off but other than that it looks good but it just doesn’t grow. Any advice? Thanks

  12. I’d check to see if it’s rootbound first, and repot if so. If there’s plenty of room in the pot try adding fertilizer. Mixing in a few worm castings will do fine, but you can use a regular fertiliser if you’d like – just be sure to dampen the soil first.

    If that doesn’t work but the plant looks healthy, then take a cutting or two. This can often kick a plant in grow mode.

  13. My monstera is fairly new and young (no fenestrations yet) but it has a bunch of smaller leaves towards the bottom of the plant. I’m wondering if I should trim those back to help it put more energy into bigger leaves?

  14. I personally wouldn’t – leaves absorb light so more leaves = more photosynthesis = more energy. To be honest though, I don’t think either cutting them off or leaving them on would result in a noticeable growth rate increase.
    If you want your monstera to grow quickly, give it more light – I noticed a difference literally overnight when I moved mine.

  15. Thank you for this! We have four monstera plants, and only one of them is producing leaves right now. And to think we live in Fiji! I will take your advice and let the other three have more light. Although I do have them by the windows, maybe it’s not enough. I hope it works!

  16. It’s really surprising how much more light there is outside (that sounds ridiculous but you know what I mean), so even shady spots are brighter than window sills.

    I saw a difference in my monstera after a day, which is great because here in the UK there aren’t many days when it’s suitable to put tropical plants outside!

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