Considering how easygoing monstera plants are, it’s difficult to imagine that they may need some extra TLC during the colder months. But it’s true. These tropical plants aren’t cold-resistant and will need your help to stay alive this winter. With the right care, like maintaining its light and humidity needs, your monstera will continue to flourish when the snow comes rolling in. Let me walk you through how I care for my monstera plants in winter.
As tropical plants, monsteras enjoy warmer temperatures. Maintaining a nice cozy temperature of around 68°F will keep your monstera happy throughout the colder months. If your monstera thrives next to a poorly insulated window during summer and spring, consider moving it to a warmer spot in your home.
Provide the Right Light Requirements
As you’re probably aware, your monstera needs plenty of indirect sunlight throughout the day. However, the change in season comes with a change in the sun’s direction and consistency. I found that my monsteras no longer thrived in their respective spots – with one not receiving enough light and the other receiving too much direct sunlight.
One of the things they don’t tell you about Monstera plants is that during the cooler months, you’ll need to move your monstera plant to a different spot so it can get the light it needs. Or you could rotate it every few weeks to ensure the entire plant gets plenty of sunlight. Alternatively, you could invest in grow lights, and your monsteras won’t even know it’s winter.
Adjust Your Watering Schedule
The shorter, darker, and cooler days mean that your monstera’s soil won’t dry out as quickly. This means you won’t need to water your plants as often.
I find that the age-old trick of finger-testing the soil before watering does wonders for my monstera plants during winter. I only whip out my watering can when the top couple of inches of the soil are dry.
Maintain High Humidity Levels
With winter comes dry air, which isn’t great for these tropical, humidity-loving plants. And when you pop on those heaters and light up the fireplace, you’re drying out the air in your home even more.
Luckily, there are a few ways to increase the humidity around your monsteras, including placing your plants on a tray with pebbles and water. However, in my experience, the best way to combat dry air is to invest in a humidifier. These gadgets combat the dry air better than most of the other tricks.
Avoid the Fertilizer
Like most plants, monstera plants typically go dormant in winter, so you won’t need to fertilize your Monstera plant much, if at all. But I’ve noticed a touch of new growth here and there, even when the temperature dips, thanks to my frequent fertilizing schedule during summer and spring.
To encourage this growth, I dilute my liquid fertilizer even more and keep using it throughout winter. If you opt to fertilize your monstera during winter, remember not to overdo it, or else you could burn your monstera plant’s roots.
Limit Pruning and Maintenance
Because your monstera won’t grow as much during winter, you won’t need to worry about maintenance and pruning.
You can remove any dry and yellowing Monstera leaves throughout winte, but avoid pruning too much. Removing too much foliage can shock your monstera. While fussing over your monstera isn’t necessary, remember to keep the large leaves clean of any dust.
Should You Repot Your Monstera?
Speaking of maintenance, you should avoid repotting your monstera during winter. As it isn’t the plant’s active growing season. It won’t bounce back as well as it might during spring and summer.
While monstera plants growing under grow lights might fare better, it might be best to wait until it warms up before you give your monstera a new home.
Watch For Pests and Diseases
Several Monstera plant pests, like spider mites and aphids, thrive in the dry winter air and would love to make your monstera plant their new home. During winter, be sure to look under your monsteras leaves for any signs of pests to avoid them destroying your plant.
As for diseases, if you don’t adjust how much water you give your monstera, or you overcorrect with the humidifier, you could run into a few issues. Namely root rot and powdery mildew, respectively.
Protect from Drafts
As you would during summer and spring, you should keep your monstera plant away from cold drafts. And if you have central heating or using a heater, keep your plant far away from those wafts of warm air too.
The extreme temperature fluctuations will shock your plant and could lead to a truly unhappy monstera. It might lose its vibrant green color and vigor.
Preparing for Spring
Once the days start getting longer and warming up, I start prepping my monstera plants for their active growing seasons – summer and spring!
While you would have been checking your plants during winter for any dried leaves, pests or diseases, now’s the time to do a full-length inspection. From there, you can (finally) grab your sheers and begin pruning – especially if your monstera looks a little spread out like mine do during winter. You can also propagate if you want to.
You should also consider whether your monstera needs a new pot or not. If you spot the roots sticking out the bottom of the pot, you’ll need to upsize. Follow our essential guide to repotting your monstera plant.
With the warmer, brighter days, you should move your plants back to their summer spots so they can get as much light as possible. And you can start fertilizing again!
By following these simple care tips during winter, you can help your monstera plants thrive during these colder, darker months.
For more, see our in-depth guide on where to position monstera plants or optimal care and feng shui benefits in the home or office.
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