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When to Repot Your Monstera Plant: a Step-by-Step Guide (2023)

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repot monstera plantsMy friend, we stand at a crossroads. For too long, we’ve let our Monstera care routines grow lazy and complacent. We’ve neglected our repotting duties, lulled by the stability of routine. But no longer! The time has come to shake free these shackles of inertia.

Our M. deliciosa yearns for fresh soil and room to spread her roots. She cries out for renewal of purpose – and it is our sacred duty to provide it. Though change brings uncertainty, inaction promises only decay. So steel your nerves and ready your materials, companion.

Adventure awaits those bold enough to seize it! Let us tenderly remove our Monstera from her tired pot and allow her roots to breathe free. With care and patience, we’ll repot her in rich new soil, supporting her with moss poles or stakes as needed.

A new era dawns. Gone are stagnation and neglect – today, we nurture new growth!

Key Takeaways

  • Roots bursting from drainage holes
  • Slowed growth
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Overly large root ball for the current pot

When to Repot Monstera

When to Repot Monstera
You’ll want to transplant your Monstera when its roots are bursting from the drainage holes or its growth has slowed down. As an ever-growing climber native to the jungle, the Monstera depends on room for its wandering aerial roots to roam free.

Once its root ball outpaces its pot, stagnation settles in. Refresh your plant’s enthusiasm by freeing its roots into new potting soil and a pot only one or two sizes larger. Avoid shocking your Monstera by keeping the repot in its usual spot and waiting six weeks before feeding.

Why Repotting is Important

Why Repotting is Important
Though your monstera seems sturdy in its current home, depriving it of fresh soil would be unwise. As your monstera grows, its roots eagerly seek fresh soil but remain trapped in the same tired container.

Without repotting into larger quarters with rejuvenating, rich soil, its growth will stagnate, leaves will yellow, and roots will warp. Satisfy your thriving monstera’s need for roomier, moister soil before stunted growth sets in.

An ideal soil line replenishes the minerals and moisture that enable your monstera to unfurl ever larger, luscious leaves. Repot at the first signs of constraint, when productivity wanes. Proper soil nutrition and space keep your monstera vigorous for years to come.

Four Signs It’s Time to Repot Your Monstera

Four Signs It
Slow growth, yellowing leaves, roots poking through the drainage holes, and depleted soil nutrients tell you it’s time for a bigger pot. As your Monstera matures, the root system expands, needing more room to access nutrients and moisture.

When constrained, growth slows, leaves yellow from inadequate nutrients, and roots desperately seek new soil.

Regularly inspect the drainage holes at the base. Protruding roots signal root bound plants begging for an upgrade. Lastly, the original soil loses its fertility over time. Repotting provides fresh, nutrient-rich mix for optimal growth.

Moving your Monstera into a slightly larger pot with fresh soil restores vigor, allowing the tropical beauty to thrive.

Materials You’ll Need

Materials You
Gather together what’s needed for the fresh start your monstera deserves.

  • A pot, only 1-2 sizes larger, than the current to allow room for new growth.
  • Fresh, high-quality potting mix that will nourish its tropical roots.
  • Clean shears to prune any damaged leaves or roots.
  • Support pole or stake to maintain its climbing habit.

With the right materials, repotting your monstera will invigorate its growth. The root ball will have space to expand in new soil.

Take charge and give this classic houseplant the care it needs to thrive under your masterful green thumb.

Steps to Repot a Monstera

Steps to Repot a Monstera
First, gather your supplies and prepare the new container. Next, carefully remove the plant from its current pot, gently loosen the root ball, and prune any damaged roots. Then, position the Monstera in the new pot, fill it with fresh soil, and provide support as needed before returning it to its usual spot.

Step 1: Prepare Your Container

Choose a new pot that is just 1 or 2 sizes bigger than the current one, like a crab upgrading to a slightly roomier shell. Carefully fill the new container one-third full with fresh, nutrient-rich potting mix.

Ensure that the soil is loose and fluffy – monsters thrive in free-draining soils. Gently remove the monstera, keeping the root ball and moss pole intact. Place it in the new pot, aligning it with the original soil line.

Step 2: Remove the Plant From Its Pot

Carefully detach the root ball and gently loosen it before placing the Monstera in its new home. Support the heavy plant as you tip the pot and slide it out. With your hands, massage the roots to loosen any circling patterns.

Some roots may snap, which encourages new growth. Check for any rotted or dead roots and prune with clean shears.

Step 3: Tease the Roots

Gingerly unfurl the tangled roots to breathe new life into your leafy friend.

  1. Tease apart any matted roots to encourage new growth.
  2. Untangle thick, woody roots from the root ball.
  3. Comb through the finer threads near the base.
  4. Prune away any dead or damaged roots.

Freeing your monstera’s roots from their confined cage empowers its reach. Like a trellis supporting growth, your care liberates its climb skyward.

Step 4: Tidy Up and Support (Optional)

Ahh, this is the fun part where we shape her up and prop her proud!

Tidy stray aerial roots Help them find their way
Prune off damaged leaves Promote healthy new growth
Stake tall or top-heavy plants Prevent leaning and drooping

With some minor pruning and staking, our Monstera will stand tall and flourish. Her fresh soil and roomy new pot empower extensive root and leaf development.

Step 5: Start Replanting

Set the repotted beauty inside and fill her up with that fresh dirt, friend. Carefully add more potting soil while supporting her moss-covered stake until you’ve reached an inch below the container’s rim.

Gently pat the surface smooth, leaving room for water to seep in through the drainage holes.

Care After Repotting

Care After Repotting
After replanting your tender monstera, make sure to water it deeply and let it drain fully before returning it to its cache pot, so its fresh roots can stretch out in their new home without getting waterlogged.

As your monstera settles into its roomier pot, avoid overwatering or saturating the soil to prevent fungal infections.

Check for new growth in 10-14 days – you may see new leaves unfurling as it acclimates. The key is to allow time for those sensitive feeder roots to establish themselves.

Avoid fertilizing for at least 6 weeks after repotting, as the fresh soil contains nutrients.

With proper aftercare, your monstera will flourish in its new home.

Monitor for signs of transplant shock like drooping or yellowed leaves, and make adjustments to light and water as needed.

How to Water a Repotted Monstera

How to Water a Repotted Monstera
When quenching your newly settled beauty’s thirst, gently saturate her fresh soil until water flows freely from the drainage holes below.

  • Use room temperature water to minimize shock.
  • Avoid using cold water straight from the tap.
  • Let the water settle for 24 hours to remove chlorine.

After a thorough initial soaking, allow excess water to fully drain before returning your precious green companion to her cache pot. As her roots reestablish in their new home, water when the top inch of soil becomes dry.

Letting the Monstera Adjust After Repotting

Letting the Monstera Adjust After Repotting
Give the monstera a few weeks to acclimate in its new pot before expecting vigorous growth. Repotting can be stressful for the plant, so be patient with your monstera as it adjusts.

Allow a couple of weeks for the roots to establish in the fresh soil and potting mix. While its energy is focused underground growing new roots, you may notice slower leaf growth up top. But don’t worry, once the roots adapt, the monstera will resume its usual rate of growth.

Monitor your plant’s progress and only resume fertilizing after about 6 weeks. With great care and patience, your monstera will flourish wonderfully in its new pot.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Should I trim the aerial roots when repotting my monstera?

It’s best not to trim the aerial roots when repotting your Monstera. These roots help support the plant as it grows taller. Carefully untangle and straighten them instead. Let them trail along the pot or basket.

How long should I wait before moving my monstera after repotting it?

Allow the Monstera three to seven days after repotting before moving it. This recovery period helps reduce transplant shock and allows the disturbed roots to reorient themselves in their new soil environment.

Is it okay to repot my monstera in the same pot, just with fresh soil?

Yes, you can repot your Monstera in the same pot with fresh soil. This allows its roots ample room while providing much-needed nutrients. However, plan to upsize the pot in another year or two as the plant grows larger.

What type of potting mix is best to use when repotting my monstera?

Use a well-draining potting mix with peat moss, perlite, and compost when repotting your Monstera. This provides moisture retention and aeration for healthy root growth. Aim for a mix that is loose and fluffy, not dense or soggy.

How can I prevent shock to my monstera after repotting?

Afterwards, gently return your precious Monstera to its usual spot so it stays calm. Sudden change stirs stress, but familiarity breeds contentment. With a delicate touch, you’ll keep your striking vine from shock.


Like a Monstera reaching for the sunlight, you too must replant yourself periodically to grow. The confined pots of habit stunt our growth. Carefully uproot from the hardened soils of routine and replant in fresh soils of experience.

Let yourself adjust, then bloom anew. Tend your roots, trim what holds you back, and give yourself room to flourish.

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