Do you have a monstera and are currently wondering how often to water it? If so, then this blog post is for you! We will discuss the optimal watering schedule for these beautiful plants…
How Often to Water Monstera Deliciosa?
As with other plants, you should generally water a monstera once every week. However, it is important to avoid having a fixed schedule of watering. Instead, make sure the soil gets dry before you add additional water.
Regardless of when you water your monstera plants, always ensure that they are placed in an area with plenty of light and warmth.
Monstera plants will require different amounts of water depending on the time of year and where you like to keep them. We will now jump into how much to water monstera plants during winter and summer.
Monstera Watering in Winter
These plants will require less water during the winter months due to their natural tendency of going into a dormant state. To make sure your plant is getting enough water, you should be watering it approximately every two weeks or once a month depending on how much light it receives and how warm the air is in your home.
Monstera Watering in Summer
When summer rolls in, you will want to give your monstera more water as it will be doing most of its growth. You should be watering it about once a week or every two weeks.
Make sure to keep an eye on the leaves as they will turn brown if there is not enough water and start wilting after being watered for too long. During summer, monstera plants can also benefit from additional fertilizer by using a mix of flower food and water.
How To Tell if Monstera Needs Water?
If any organism does not receive water or food for a long period of time, it may become weak and even die. As such, you need to always make sure your monstera has enough water.
Luckily, our plants tell us when they need more water. Here’s how monstera plants do it:
Browning of the leaves – When the leaves start to turn brown, this means they need water immediately. In fact, it could even be too late.
Dry soil – If you notice that the soil in your pot is dry, then it’s time to water. This can be observed by looking at the bottom of your plant and noticing if there are any moist areas left on the surface.
Curling leaves – Monstera deliciosa plants are thirsty when they droop and curl. Before watering, be sure the soil is dry, and then water deeply.
If you plant is not given away any signs, then there’s a good chance that you’re giving it enough water. But if you really want a boost in confidence, you can:
- Use a moisture meter to measure the moisture levels in soil and plants.
- Use your finger by sticking it 2 to 3 inch in the soil. If the soil wipes off easily and leaves no powder behind when it has been pinched between your thumb and forefinger, then it is time to get some water on the roots.
To make sure your monstera is getting enough water and fertilizer, check it regularly (at least once per week) and keep an eye on its condition.
Signs of Overwatering Monstera
You may love your monstera plant so much that you start to give it too much water by mistake. Overwatering is especially common in homes with lots of monstera plants because they look so similar to each other. It can be hard to tell the different plants apart and keep track of them all.
Here are the most common signs that you’re overwatering your monstera plant:
- It droops or becomes limp – Drooping leaves that look sad are the first sign that your monstera isnt happy with its water levels.
- It starts dropping its leaves – Dropping leafs is a sign that your monstera may have been overwatered for too long or there’s not enough air flow in its potting mix.
- Its root ball is mushy – A rotten smelling plant indicates that there is too much moisture near its roots. Mushiness and excess standing water are also signs of overwatering.
Where to Water a Monstera?
When watering a monstera, I prefer to place it in the kitchen sink, where I proceed to add water until it falls from the drainage holes. I then let the water drain out of the plant before returning it to where I want to keep it.
I won’t water my monstera again until the soil is completely dry. This ensures optimal health for my plants since they don’t like being overwatered.
Can You Water Monstera with Tap Water?
Monstera plants can safely be watered using tap water. I recommend using tap water that is room temperature to avoid shocking your plant. However, I would repot your monstera plant after a year of watering with tap water.
Another solution is to use a filtration system to filter your water, which will remove any contaminants.
Not taking care of the monstera deliciosa leads to a number of significant problems. Luckily, the plant will signal its need for more or less water via drooping leaves, brown spots, yellowing leaves, leaf drop, or stagnated growth.
This is why it’s so important to get it right when it comes to watering the monstera plant.
In conclusion, the more you know about your monstera deliciosa plant and its needs – how often to water it for optimal health- the better off they will be.
My hope is that by reading my blog post, you’ll learn what signs tell us that our plant needs a little extra or less watering. Take care of them and watch as they grow into beautiful plants!