Is your monstera plant growing sideways and you are unsure why?
Monstera plants usually grow vertically and rarely grow sidewise. Is the plant dying?
Below I will show you the main reasons Monstera plants grow sideways and what you can do about it.
Why Is My Monstera Deliciosa Growing Sideways
If your Monstera deliciosa is growing sideways, there could be a few reasons for this behavior. Here are a few possible factors to consider:
Lack of light
Monstera deliciosa is a plant that prefers bright, indirect light. If your plant is not receiving enough light, it may start to grow towards the direction of the light source. This can result in a sideways or leaning growth pattern. Try moving your plant to a spot with brighter, indirect light or consider using artificial grow lights to supplement the lighting conditions.
Uneven light exposure
If your Monstera deliciosa is receiving light from only one side, it may grow towards that light source, causing a sideways growth habit. Rotate your plant regularly to ensure it receives even light exposure from all sides. This will help encourage more balanced growth.
Limited space or support
Monstera deliciosa is a vining plant that naturally climbs and trails. If your plant doesn’t have sufficient space or support to grow upward, it may start growing sideways as a way to find a path to expand. Providing a sturdy trellis, moss pole, or other supports can guide the plant’s growth upward and prevent sideways growth.
Natural growth habit
It’s important to note that Monstera deliciosa plants have a natural tendency to exhibit aerial roots and grow in a somewhat sprawling manner. Some sideways growth can be considered normal for this plant, especially as it matures and produces larger leaves.
How To Help Monstera Deliciosa To Grow Vertically
To help your Monstera deliciosa grow vertically, there are several steps you can take:
Monstera deliciosa is a climbing plant that naturally uses aerial roots to attach itself to tree trunks in its native habitat. You can mimic this environment by providing a sturdy support structure such as a moss pole, trellis, or stake. Place the support in the pot near the plant and gently guide the stems towards it. As the plant grows, use soft ties or plant clips to secure the stems to the support. This will encourage upward growth.
Prune and propagate
If your Monstera deliciosa has long, leggy stems, you can consider pruning them to encourage new growth and a more compact shape. Cut back the stems just above a leaf node (where a leaf attaches to the stem). You can propagate the cuttings by placing them in water or in a well-draining potting mix, creating new plants that can be trained to grow vertically.
Rotate the plant
Regularly rotating your Monstera deliciosa can help ensure even exposure to light on all sides. This can prevent the plant from growing towards a specific light source and encourage more balanced, vertical growth.
Optimize lighting conditions
Monstera deliciosa prefers bright, indirect light. Ensure that your plant is placed in a location where it can receive adequate light. If the light is too dim, consider using artificial grow lights to supplement the natural light.
Adequate watering and fertilization
Provide your Monstera deliciosa with regular watering, allowing the top inch or so of the soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. Additionally, fertilize your plant with a balanced houseplant fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth.
By providing support, pruning, proper lighting, and regular care, you can help your Monstera deliciosa grow vertically and develop a beautiful, upright form.
How to Prop Up a Monstera Plant
If your Monstera plant needs support to stay upright, here are a few methods you can use to prop it up:
Moss pole or trellis
A moss pole or trellis is a common and effective method for supporting a Monstera plant. Insert the pole or trellis into the pot near the plant’s base, making sure it reaches the desired height. As the Monstera grows, you can guide its aerial roots towards the pole or trellis and help them attach. Secure the plant to the support structure using soft ties or plant clips. This method provides stability and encourages the plant to grow vertically.
For smaller Monstera plants or if you prefer a simpler support option, you can use stakes. Place the stakes into the pot, positioning them near the base of the plant. Gently tie the stems to the stakes using soft ties or plant clips, ensuring the plant remains upright. As the Monstera grows, you may need to adjust the ties and reposition the stakes if necessary.
Plant cages or rings
Another option is to use plant cages or rings specifically designed for supporting tall or climbing plants. These structures typically have a circular shape with supports or grids that help the plant stay upright. Choose a cage or ring size appropriate for your Monstera and place it around the plant. As the plant grows, guide the stems towards the structure and secure them as needed.
Wall or hooks
If you have a wall or sturdy hooks nearby, you can train your Monstera to climb vertically against them. Gently attach the stems or aerial roots to the wall or hooks using soft ties or plant clips. Be careful not to damage the plant while securing it. Regularly check and adjust the attachments as the plant grows to provide ongoing support.
Remember to handle the plant with care and avoid putting excessive pressure on the stems or leaves when propping it up. Using gentle ties or clips will help prevent damage. Additionally, regularly check the supports to ensure they remain stable and adequately support the growing Monstera plant.