I got this monstera from a neighbor. When I received it, the soil was packed in and bone dry, and the plant was even more of a mess than it is now, lol. So far I’ve pruned it a bit, repotted it, added the trellis, and kept it watered. I feel like it might survive! It already looks a lot better.

However there’s some things I don’t know how to do. Namely the tangled mess of it’s stalks! I would love to get it looking presentable again, but I’m not sure how I should go about that. Should I prune it more? Try to get it untangled?

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Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

  • I like the curving and twisting. Commented May 19, 2022 at 6:31

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Monstera's in good light get to be quite large. I see a plant that has been grown under low light. Technically the internodal length, the distance between nodes, gets longer under low light. This is why there is such a tangle.

I recommend

  • make sure there is drainage from the bottom of the pot. Good drainage is critical
  • cut it back hard and move to high light

Most people think cutting a plant back to a short stem is risky and will kill the plant. This is not the case. A hard pruning of a plant that has good drainage and good light will ultimately lead to a nicer looking plant that is easier to manage.

If you repotted the plant into a pot that was much larger the plant will spend more time growing new roots than growing new leaves so patience is required.

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    Thank you so much! Will do!
    – Nutmeg
    Commented May 20, 2022 at 12:21

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