I think this Uniqlo U jumper from a couple of year ago will be a favourite of mine foreverrrrrr
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!
Turns out this is a monstera heavy post... It's already the 5th of March (!!!) Howww?? This month started off with me going a little stir-crazy cooped up in the house because of the snow. It did make me draw a lot though, so I shouldn't complain. There's already another iPhone wallpaper on its way, and I managed to get a regular monthly illustration job, so things are looking up in Megland!
I suppose I have a couple of "goals/things I want to do" for March: 1. Release Paintboxfox's first zine 2. Get the ear piercings I've been thinking about getting for months 3. Start work on my portfolio website Through the snow and cold, somehow my monstera has produced 4 new leaves from where they were chopped off (due to an accident involving my cat a few months ago). Yay Mildred! I've finished all my drawings for the zine, and am partaking in #marchmeetthemaker on instagram - if you are taking part too, let me know! And I've had my first successful charity shop rummage in a while - green marble coasters. It feels like everything in my life right now is telling me I'm a fan of green...