How to Save My Overwatered Monstera

Written by Ivy

Jan 05 2023

How to Save My Overwatered Monstera
Monstera is a large indoor potted foliage plant with strange leaf shape. Monstera has large leaves and lush seasons. It can play a good air purification effect, absorb some harmful gases, increase the humidity of the air and effectively adsorb the dust in the air.
It is because Monstera can not only watch, but also beautify the environment and purify the air, so some people will breed it at home. At the same time, Monstera is a shade tolerant plant, which is easy to survive when cultured at home. However, during the maintenance of Phyllostachys pubescens, some friends will find that their Monstera leaves will be soft, curly and drooping, which may be because you water your beloved Monstera frequently! Let's take a look at how to save overwatered Monstera.

Signs of Overwatered Monstera

How to Save Overwatered Monstera

How to Save My Overwatered Monstera

Remove from pot

Before we remove the basin from the overwatered Monstera, stop watering the overwatered monstera 3-4 days in advance to keep the soil dry for easy removal. To take off the pot of turtle backed bamboo, first pat around the flowerpot with your hand. You can wear thick gloves. The main purpose of patting around the flowerpot is to separate the soil from the basin wall.
Then we can tilt the Monstera pot upside down and tap the bottom of the pot. Hold the drain hole at the bottom of the flowerpot with one hand, and hold the overwatered Monstera with the other hand, so that the Monstera can be easily removed from the basin.

Remove soil and Trim off rotten parts

After removing the washed Monstera from the basin, we first remove the old soil at the root of the washed Monstera. Do not remove all the old soil, and keep 1 / 3 of the old soil. Then check the root system of the root system and find some old roots, diseased roots and dead roots. As long as these roots exist, cut them off with scissors in time.

Root Rot Treatment

For the rotten roots of overwatered Monstera, first of all, we should trim the rotten roots to prevent further infection. The pruned roots of overwatered Monstera should be put into potassium permanganate solution for disinfection, and then taken out and dried. Clean the hydroponic vessels, replace all the water, and then remove some moss on the inner wall. Add water again, and then put the treated overwatered Monstera back. After it grows again, it can be cured normally.

Replace with new potting soil

The process of overlaid Monstera potting is simple. First, pad some particles at the bottom of the new flowerpot, and then cover the particles with a layer of soil, 5-8 cm thick. Then we can take the overwatered Monstera plant and stably put it into the flower pot. The plant is stroked and kept upright, and the roots are separated.
Then we can fill the soil around the Monstera basin. The soil should be filled and compacted to make the plants more stable until the soil fills the flower pot. This completes the replanting of the overwatered Monstera.
After the watered Monstera is put into the pot again, we need to water it once to keep the soil moist, and water it until it flows out from the bottom of the flowerpot, which is called watering. After watering, you can put the Monstera potted plants in a ventilated, cool and warm place for breeding. Don't water them casually during the period. As long as the basin soil is wet and moist, you don't have to pay attention to it. Unless the soil is dry, replenish water.

How to Water Monstera?

How to Save My Overwatered Monstera

Watering Rules

Although Monstera is a tropical plant, the principle of moisture is that it needs to be moisturized frequently, but when applying water, it is also washed and watered thoroughly at one time, and half of the water cannot be cut off, or it is watered frequently for many times. The roots of overwatered Monstera will be unbearable and may cause rot. At ordinary times, we should pay attention to the method of watering Monstera, actively adjust it according to the changes of seasons, and pay attention to the influence of the weather. In cloudy and rainy weather, we should apply less water to prevent getting wet by the rain, and there should be no excess water in it.

Watering Frequency

First of all, we should consider the seasonal changes when watering Monstera. At the beginning of spring, it is still a little cold. At this time, the water demand is less. We can apply water once every 2-3 days. At the formal growth stage in spring, we can apply water once a day to meet the growth needs of Monstera. In summer, the temperature outside is high, so you can water twice a day to fully meet the growth needs. At the beginning of autumn, the temperature is still relatively hot. It can continue once a day. In the later stage, it needs to turn into 2-3 days to apply water to Monstera. The growth is slow in winter. It can be satisfied by watering Monstera once in 3-4 days.

Water Quality

When preparing Monstera nutrient solution, if tap water is used, tap water should be treated, because most of the tap water contains chloride and sulfide, which are harmful to Monstera, and a little bicarbonate will also hinder the absorption of iron by roots. Therefore, when using tap water to prepare nutrient solution, a small amount of sodium ethylenediamine tetraacetate or humic acid salt compound should be added to treat chloride and sulfide in water. If the substrate of hydroponic flower technology adopts peat, the above shortcomings can be eliminated. If the quality of groundwater is poor, it can be prepared with pollution-free river or lake water.

How Much and When to Water Monstera?

How to Save My Overwatered Monstera
We can water Monstera in the morning or evening when the temperature is low, and try to avoid noon. The maintenance of Monstera requires frequent watering, and water should also be sprayed on the leaves and the surrounding environment to maintain the humidity of the air and make the leaves bright green. The amount of watering shall be determined according to the dry and wet conditions of the basin soil, and shall not be too much or too little. Water Monstera once a day every day, once in the morning and evening in summer and once a week in winter.

When to Water After Transplanting Monstera?

In fact, we need to keep the soil dry before changing the basin, so that it can change the basin smoothly. After changing pots, Monstera actually needs some time to alleviate its roots, which is called slow root period. If you explain it in simple words, it is the time for Monstera's roots to adapt to the new environment. During this period of time, we can't water Monstera at will, because it is fragile. During this period, the leaves will wilt or even fall. So we can only water once, and the purpose is to make it normal soon.

How do I know if my Monstera needs water?

How to Save My Overwatered Monstera
Monstera likes a humid environment and can't grow without water but you should pay more attention on overwatered Monstera. But it is not resistant to waterlogging and is afraid of ponding. Therefore, pay attention to the amount of water during maintenance. We can observe the basin soil before watering Monstera, and water it thoroughly after the soil turns white. You can also poke the soil with a wooden stick. If there is moisture, you can pour it over a period of time. If it is dry, it means that Monstera is short of water and should be watered thoroughly immediately. We can also beat the Monstera basin soil. If the sound is clear, we can water it. If the sound is dull, it means there is water, so you don't have to water it.
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