This post may contain affiliate links. Read the full disclosure here.
Repot your Monstera so the stem is pointing up
This sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it’s what I had to do.
I recently repotted my Monstera because the stem was basically lying on the soil, not helping anyone. It was too much weight to one side, and made it lean.So I repotted and now the stem is upright:
I’m so glad she stopped growing ridiculously long petioles (they’re three times as long as the entire stem, and for what?). See that ridiculously long aerial root that I’ve planted? That only had a couple of inches above the soil before. I hope it’s ok!
I know it sounds obvious, but try replanting your plant so that the weight is distributed more evenly. If your plant has been growing in a certain direction (without being rotated) for a while, it could really help, and take like five minutes.
Add a moss pole
I’m not that big of a fan of moss poles, because they only look good if the plant is growing in a nice shape.
(Also, if your plant has 10 cm of stem and a metre of petiole it won’t help much at all)
Look at Smaug:
Technically he’s a Philodendron golden dragon, not a Monstera, but you’ll see that a moss pole does indeed keep him upright.
But that’s it. He’s still feral.
Golden dragons have a bizarre growth pattern, reminiscent of the numbers round on Countdown: ‘I’ll have one big leaf and four little leaves please, growing on any node you fancy’
Moss poles keep plants upright, but they do not keep them tidy.
Add a trellis
Trellis’s can be an amazing addition to a home, especially if you want to make your Monstera into a feature and grow it up a wall. Ideally, if they’re being used to anchor your Monstera and keep it upright, you’re better off attaching it to a wall rather than keeping it in the pot.
For one thing, trellis’ are usually wood and if it hasn’t been treated it might rot in soil, and for another, Monstera are HEAVY. A trellis small enough to fit in a pot may not take the weight.
THAT BEING SAID
A DIY trellis made from bamboo canes and string can work pretty well, because you can distribute the canes evenly around the pot.
Secure it by planting the aerial roots
This is my preferred method. As your aerial roots grow, direct them down into the soil (they are quite brittle, so don’t force them if they won’t bend).
Once in contact with the soil, they’ll start to root themselves, not only providing an extra leg (as it were) for the Monstera to stand on, but the roots will grip the soil, giving both stability and energy to the plant.
Some people swear that planting the aerial roots makes the plant grow more leaves, but the Monstera in the photo above has literally more planted aerial roots than it does leaves. Never mind.
Add weight to the pot
A lovely reader once left a comment making an excellent point on an article about why you shouldn’t put gravel in the bottom of pots.
If your pots keep falling over, make them heavier. Add rocks (in the bottom or on top), put the plant in a heavier pot, whatever. Just make it heavier.
This is especially important for those of us that like to put our Monstera outside in the summer.
Reduce the internodal spacing
This is just a fancy way of saying ‘get it to grow more leaves’.
Having a more compact, bushier Monstera, will give it stability at the bottom, whereas leggy Monstera get top-heavy quickly. As Monstera grow up, their leaves get bigger, and they can bend and break the stem or petioles if you’re not careful.
So, how do we grow a bushier Monstera?
- Increase the light
Light = energy. The more light you give a plant, the faster they grow. Be sure to rotate your Monstera so it grows evenly.
- Increase the humidity
Humidity is massively important for growing huge plants quickly. It’s difficult to explain just how much of a difference it makes until you see it for yourself. Not only will the plant grow faster, but it’ll grow aerial roots (which you can plant) quicker too.
- Keep the Monstera warm
It doesn’t want to overheat, but keep it at tropical temperatures (this will also help with humidity). A grow tent is ideal, but a heat mat will work too.
- Keep it well watered
By which I mean, don’t under or over water. A Monstera growing quickly will through a lot of of water. Ideally, I would aim to keep the soil damp all the time, but use a really airy soil mix so there’s plenty of air flow and we don’t get root rot. Add in some worm castings for food as well.
Chop n prop
If your Monstera has gotten very unwieldy, then you may be better off chopping off the top heavy top grow, rooting it, and starting again. You can pot the cutting back in with the mother, but Monstera roots are BIG and you may find yourself needing an enormous pot.
One of my Monstera is three cuttings in one and the pot is gonna need to be huge (I’d separate them, but I don’t need another two Monstera).
It may seem like you’re wasting a lot of good growth if you chop of a large section BUT the plant will grow back quickly (if you care for it well) because it already has the root system to support fast growth.
I hope that was helpful – if anyone has any tips and tricks for keeping Monstera upright, we’d love to hear about them, so please leave comment.
Any OG readers remember when I was growing my Thai in the aquarium and I pegged her up?
Don’t worry, she doesn’t have to endure such nonsense any more.