Swiss Cheese Plants, also often known by their Latin name Monstera, are one of the most popular houseplants at the moment. Their striking split leaves really do make them something special. However, it can be frustrating if your luscious plant starts to droop and you don’t know why! The main causes of monstera leaves and stems drooping are: underwatering, low humidity and drainage issues. Drooping leaves are fixable and if you deal with the issue sooner rather than later, your monstera should return to full health.
Too little water can harm your Monstera in more ways that one. It can cause dry leaves, lack of growth and nutrient deficiency. But one of the earlier signs of underwatering is drooping leaves. If you find that the stems and leaves look a little lifeless, it could be because the soil has been dry for too long. Stick a finger in the top few centimetres of the soil to check the moisture. You can also try lifting your monstera if your plant is not that mature to see how light the pot feels. However, be careful with this as if your monstera is a few metres tall this can severely hurt your back. One way to know for sure whether your Monstera needs watering is by using a moisture meter. You just pop them into the soil and it’ll tell you how damp or dry the potting mix is. We recommend this one from Amazon.
If you find that your monstera feels very dry, water it a little every other day for a week. Your first instinct might be to give it loads of water straight away but this can actually be harmful to your monstera if the soil goes from one extreme to the other. Instead, you want to reintroduce frequent watering for a week or two and this should solve the problem.
If you find yourself often forgetting to water your Monstera, then a self-watering pot might be the thing for you. It will water your Monstera for you and avoid any risk of under or overwatering. We have found this one from Amazon to work really well!
Drooping leaves on your monstera can also be caused by drainage issues in your pot. Although you could be watering the correct amount, if your pot isn’t draining the water in the right way, it could cause the soil to become waterlogged. You can very easily increase the amount of drainage in your soil by mixing in a small amount of perlite, this will make it far easier for water to flow through and out of the drainage holes of your pots (you should also check to make sure your pots have drainage holes). Another easy step is to add a few small stones or pebbles to the bottom of your pots, this helps in making sure that the drainage holes are never blocked by soil or any loose debris.
If your Monstera is in a plastic pot, we also recommend switching this out to a terracotta or clay pot. These allow some of the excess water to evaporate out of the sides of the pot. We love these terracotta pots from Amazon.
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If the soil isn’t particularly dry, it could be a lack of humidity that is causing your monstera’s leaves to droop. Swiss Cheese Plants like quite humid environments and can struggle in homes with dry air. This can be especially damaging in winter months when we often have the heating on for several hours a day. A lack of humidity in the air can cause the leaves to be a little limp and droop down. There are several ways you can increase the humidity for your monstera:
Misting the leaves
One of the simplest ways to increase the humidity for your houseplants is to mist them with a spray bottle a couple of times a week. We love these amber glass bottles from Amazon.
Place your houseplants over a tray of pebbles with fresh water over the top. Over the day water from the tray will evaporate giving the plants above exactly what they’re looking for.
Give your monstera a shower
To quickly raise the humidity and wash down your monstera of any long-standing dust, you can always give them a quick shower. Simply pop them in the shower and wash them down with lukewarm water, this will clean off the leaves and give the soil a good soaking.
Move your monstera to the bathroom
If you’re lucky enough to have great lighting in your bathroom you can move your monstera in there to increase the humidity. The running water from your showers means your bathroom is probably one of the most humid in your home.
Buy a humidifier
They’re relatively affordable little devices and they make keeping a consistent humidity level so much easier. Most will allow you to place them on a timer so they run on a fixed schedule, and some will even have a built-in monitor so they automatically turn on and off to keep the humidity exactly where you want it.
Want to know more about how to raise the humidity for your monstera and other houseplants? We have written a detailed guide on this.
Those are the main reasons why your monstera might have drooping leaves. It tends to be a solvable problem if caught early so I wouldn’t worry too much. Keep an eye on how the leaves are changing once you have changed the location or care of your monstera to check that it is starting to look a little healthier. To find out more about Monstera care, visit our guide. There you will find everything you need to know to keep your Swiss Cheese Plant healthy and thriving as well as tips and tricks around propagation, fertilisation and repotting.