How to Train Your Monstera: A Guide
Mildred has been part of the family (yes, she has a name) for a couple of years now. I’ve repotted her before (and propagated a few of her leaves), but this time she’s so huge I thought I’d treat her to a new pot AND something to climb up, to avoid the amount of horizontal room she’s currently taking up becoming overwhelming.
I thought I’d bring you along and show you how I repot a monstera:
Step 1: Gather all of your supplies together. You’ll need:
A pot with drainage holes in the bottom, no more than 5cm larger than the pot your monstera is currently living in (you don’t want to put it in something much bigger because it will cause it to grow too quickly). I just drilled holes in the bottom of a zinc one I had already.
A larger decorative pot without drainage holes for the plastic pot to sit in
A moss or coconut fibre covered poll for the monstera to climb up
An old sheet or something to cover the floor with if you don’t have a garden, like me
Cute watering can / cheeky cat are optional
Step 2: Get your hands dirty. Pour some soil in to the drainage pot, I filled it about a third of the way up, and pack it down slightly, then put that in the decorative pot.
Step 3: Be gentle! Gently coax the monstera from it’s current pot. Organise and loosen the roots a little, leave space for the poll if you can and place in the drainage pot, pouring more soil in and packing it down as you go. For some reason I always imagine the mandrake root scene from Harry Potter when I’m doing this (facepalm).
Step 4: Stick in the steak. This bit is a little scary, I thought I was going to damage the roots, so I made a little hole with my fingers and moved them out of the way. If you do feel like you’ve damaged them a little, it should be ok, monsteras are very hardy - mine has been through a lot and it’s still going strong!
Step 5: The Pretty Part. Start to introduce some of the leaves and the aerial roots to the poll, wrap them around it and make it look cute! Pretty soon the roots and leaves will want to climb it, and mimic its natural habitat.
Step 6: Water it, DUH!
Step 7: Stand back and admire your work, you're done! You may have dirty hands and possibly cricked your neck while manoeuvring your body around its crazy stems and aerial roots, but you’ve definitely earned a cup of something hot, and your monstera looks beautiful.
I’m planning on propagating a couple more leaves soon - if you’d be interested in a blog post about that process - let me know in the comments!