How to Trim a Monstera Deliciosa
The Monstera deliciosa plant is easily identified by the exquisitely pierced leaves and emerald green hue of its foliage. Due to the fact that it is a climbing plant, it can attain a height of up to 2.4 meters! If your monstera deliciosa plant is starting to take over your space, you can keep it under control by giving it a couple light trims. This will also keep it looking beautiful. The methods of cutting monstera deliciosa are consistent regardless of whether you are working with the regular or variegated variety.
1- Make a plan to trim your monstera prior to the beginning of the growing season in the spring
If you want to keep control of the plant's size or just maintain its shape, you should do any necessary trimming before the plant's active growing season begins in the spring. Your plant will recover from this stress more quickly.
- You can prune your plant to perfection at any time of the year if it has leaves that are dry, yellow, or damaged in any way.
2-Applying rubbing alcohol to the blades of sharp scissors or garden shears will disinfect them
Clean your scissors or shears by wiping them down with a towel that has been moistened with rubbing alcohol or diluted bleach. Unclean blades can spread infections to your monstera plant. Do you wish to make your own solution for disinfecting? Combine 1 part bleach with 9 parts water in a mixing bowl.
- If your shears or scissors are extremely grimy, soaking them in water to break up the dirt first can make it much easier to clean and disinfect them later.
3- Put on gloves to protect your hands from the sap of plants, which can be very irritating
Calcium oxalates, which are found in the sap of the Monstera deliciosa plant, have the potential to irritate the skin and produce rashes. To protect your skin from potential damage, put on a pair of gloves before you begin cutting the plant. If you have children or animals in the house, it is important to prune the plant so that it is not in their path.
- Did you find yourself getting sap on your skin by accident? Your skin should be washed with warm, soapy water as quickly as possible, and you should make every effort not to touch your face or eyes.
4- Cut off any yellow, dry, or dead leaves near the base of the stem
Whenever you see unhealthy leaves, use sanitized shears or scissors to cut off the damaged leaves. Cut near the base of the stem so you don't leave long, angled stems on the plant.
- Keep in mind that yellow leaves may mean the plant is getting too much water. Leaves turning brown at the tips indicate that the plant is not getting enough water.
5- In order to keep the plant's size under control cut the stems so that they are very close to the main branch
Take a step back and examine the tree to find any branches that protrude awkwardly or do not have many leaves. Use sterilized shears to make a clean cut through the branch where it meets the base stem of your monstera plant. This will allow you to trim angled branches or reduce the size of your monstera plant.
- It is important to keep in mind that by cutting off branches, you are actually helping the plant to regrow new growth closer to the trunk of the plant.
- If you do not wish to entirely remove a branch, you can stop the removal process by making a cut under any node on the branch. For instance, if you merely want to manage the size of the plant, you could cut each branch by a third or even by half.
6- If you want to repot the plant, cut out one third of the roots
Do the plant's roots appear to be growing through the drainage holes in the pot? If this is the case, carefully pick the plant out of the ground and use your fingers to release the roots. Then, using sterilized shears, cut off one third of the root, and replace the remaining two thirds of the container with new dirt. After you have placed the cut monsteras in the pot, water the plant after you have surrounded it with soil.
- In the event that you are unable to remove the plant from the container, tip the pot on its side and trim any roots that are protruding through the holes. After that, you should be able to get the plant out of it.
- Are you dealing with a very large factory? Ask a friend to help you lift the plant out of the pot and hold it steady.
- Throw these cuttings in the trash as they can take root and grow in your compost pile.