Is your new Monstera leaf floppy?
If so, don’t worry – this is normal!
Many new Monstera owners experience this problem.
The good news is that you can do a few simple things to help your plant recover.
In this guide, let’s try and understand more about this issue in your Monstera plant.
Why Is My New Monstera Leaf Floppy?
Monstera plant leaves are typically floppy or droopy due to one of these reasons –
- Insufficient Sunlight
- Lack Of Water Or Underwatering
- Damaged Plant
- Transplant Shock
- Unfavorable Weather Conditions
If your plant is experiencing any of these issues, it is likely that the leaves will become floppy or droopy.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these reasons in detail.
1. Your Plant Is Not Getting Enough Sunlight
Insufficient sunlight is one of the most common reasons new Monstera leaves become floppy.
The leaves will droop in an attempt to reach out for more sunlight.
This generally happens in the winter months when there is less sunlight available.
But you can also see this happen if your plant is not getting enough light during the day.
2. There Isn’t Enough Water In The Pot
We often forget to water our houseplants or wait too long between watering.
When the pot doesn’t have enough water, the plant will start to wilt.
This is especially true for Monstera plants because they are native to tropical rainforests.
They like to have their roots in moist soil at all times.
If the potting mix is too dry, the plant will suffer, and the leaves will begin to droop.
3. The Plant Has Been Damaged
If your plant has been damaged, it is likely that the leaves will look floppy.
This could be due to physical damage, such as being hit by a heavy object.
It could also be due to damage from pests.
So, you will need to examine the plant carefully to see if there is any damage that could be causing the leaves to droop.
4. The Plant Is Experiencing Transplant Shock
Transplant shock is a common problem for many houseplants, not just Monstera plants.
When you move a plant to a new pot or location, it can often experience shock.
This is because the plant is not used to the new conditions.
It will take a few days for the plant to adjust to the new potting mix and location.
During this time, you may see the new Monstera leaf turning floppy.
5. The Weather Conditions Are Not Favorable
Finally, the weather conditions do play a role in how your Monstera plant grows.
If the temperature is too cold or too hot, the plant will not be able to grow properly.
The leaves will become floppy as a result.
While these are the most common reasons for this issue, there could be other reasons as well.
The new Monstera leaf takes time to unfurl and harden.
And this happens to all new leaves, not just Monstera.
But if you see that the leaf is floppy and wilted soon after it has unfurled, it is likely due to one of the reasons we have discussed above.
In the following section, I’ve outlined some possible solutions to this problem.
So, let’s have a look at them below.
How To Fix The Floppy Monstera Leaf
Here’s what you can do to fix the leaf issue –
1. Water The Plant Immediately
The best way to fix this problem is to water the plant immediately.
If the leaves are floppy due to a lack of water, you will need to give the plant a good watering.
Water the pot until the water starts to drain out from the bottom.
Do this once every few weeks to keep the potting mix moist.
2. Move The Plant To A Bright Location
You shouldn’t put the plant in direct sunlight, but a bright location will do just fine.
A windowsill with plenty of light during the day is a good option.
You can also use grow lights to give the plant the light it needs.
But don’t neglect the plant and leave it in a dark corner.
Try to find a place where it can get at least 4-6 hours of light every day.
3. Prune The Damaged Leaves
Damaged leaves won’t recover, so it’s best to remove them.
You can use a sharp pair of scissors or gardening shears to cut off the damaged leaves.
Ideally, you should cut just above the leaf node.
This will encourage new growth.
And more importantly, the plant will provide more energy to the new leaves.
This way, the new leaves will be strong and won’t droop.
4. Keep An Eye On The Pests And Treat Them Immediately
As I mentioned before, pests can cause damage to the leaves, causing them to become floppy.
So, you need to keep an eye out for pests and treat them immediately.
If you see any such issues, you can use an organic pesticide to eliminate the pests.
Or you can also use a homemade solution made with neem oil or garlic.
Once that’s done, the leaves should start to recover in a few days.
But you shouldn’t stop here.
You should also take steps to prevent pests from coming back in the future.
5. Wait For A Few Weeks
Sometimes, things are not in your control.
For instance, if the weather conditions are not favorable, there’s not much you can do about it.
Similarly, if the plant is undergoing transplant shock, it will take time for it to recover.
So, the best thing you can do in such situations is to wait for a few weeks.
In this period, you can continue to take care of the plant.
But other than that, just give it some time to recover on its own.
Eventually, the new leaf will also show some strength and get the proper shape and size.
Tips To Remember While Caring For New Monstera Leaves
Since new leaves are delicate and need extra care, here are a few things you need to keep in mind while caring for them –
1. Do Not Spray Water On The Leaves
While watering the plant, don’t spray water on the new leaves.
This can attract pests and cause damage to the leaves.
So, it’s best to water the pot from the bottom.
If you still want to spray or mist the leaves, do it in the morning so that the water has time to evaporate before nightfall.
2. Be Careful While Fertilizing
When it comes to fertilizing, you need to be careful.
You don’t want to overdo it and end up burning the roots.
So, it’s best to use a light fertilizer and dilute it as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
And don’t forget to fertilize only during the growing season.
If you don’t follow this practice, it will affect the new leaves.
And they might turn yellow or brown and eventually drop off.
3. Don’t Repot The Plant Too Often
Repotting is a stressful process for the plant.
And if you do it too often, it will have a negative impact on the new leaves.
When you see new growth on the plant, you should avoid repotting it for at least 3-4 weeks.
4. Do Not Clean The Leaves With Harsh Chemicals
Many of us like to have shiny and clean leaves.
But you need to be careful while cleaning the leaves.
Do not use any harsh chemicals or detergents.
All they will do is damage the delicate surface of the leaves.
To clean the leaves, you can use a soft, damp cloth.
Gently wipe the surface of the leaves to remove any dirt or dust.
Also, you should avoid using any types of oil on the new leaves.
This will cause more damage to their surface.
Well, these are the few care guidelines you should remember for your new Monstera leaves.
Next, let’s have a look at the FAQs below.
New Monstera leaves are typically soft when they first unfurl.
However, if the leaf remains soft even after a few days, it is likely that the plant is not getting enough water.
It takes a few days to weeks for a new Monstera leaf to harden.
So, you will have to wait a little longer for the leaf to regain strength.
As discussed in the above guide, there could be several reasons for your Monstera leaves to bend down.
It could be due to insufficient sunlight, damage, or even transplant shock.
You will have to look at the plant carefully to figure out the exact reason.
A happy Monstera plant will have leaves that are perky and green.
The plant will also be growing new leaves regularly.
Besides, the plant should not have any pests or diseases.
And that’s the only way you can ensure the plant does well in the longer run.
A Monstera plant typically grows one new leaf every month or two.
But for that, you need to have a strong plant that is getting the required amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients.
Without these conditions, the plant will not be able to grow new leaves at specific intervals.
Also, you won’t see steady growth in the winter season as the plant growth slows down during this time.
Over To You
Floppy leaves on your Monstera plant can be annoying.
But there’s nothing to worry about as it is quite normal for the plant.
All you need to do is provide the plant with the required care and conditions.
And that should help the leaves to stand properly in no time.
I hope this guide was helpful.
If you still have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.
And I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, please share this guide with all your gardening friends.
It might come in handy for them as well.
Until next time, happy gardening!