Monstera Experts, a little help for an amatuer, please?!
I've had my Monstera Deliciosa for about 2 1/2 years, since my brother-in-law propagated his mature plant. He gave me a single leaf with some roots & up until now, this plant has done very well for me. In the last 2 years, it has put out 6 new leaves. I lost one as it was opening to a curious toddler, had to cut it off at the base of the leaf & now there's a new little growth. I guess I'll see what happens with it. But my problem is this: my original leaf is looking terrible! It has yellowed with some brown edges & is just looking pitiful. My monstera is very unruly, I didn't realize until recently that I should definitely stake this plant.
We moved a couple months ago & all my plants have had an adjustment period, but my monstera seems to be having the roughest time of it. At our old place, it was right up on a western window & close to a northern window. I put it in an eastern window at our new place, which has dark wood paneled walls that don't reflect light. I'm considering moving it to my bedroom, which has white walls with a western & northern window. I don't think it's getting enough light, because none of my leaves have developed their signature splits. I have a nifty moisture meter (for my orchids, but also used on my houseplants) that I use to figure out when to water. I water when the monstera gives me a reading of medium dry, usually once a week or every 2 weeks. I use regular 10-15-10 plant food, as directed. It's possible that it may have caught a draft from the central heat vent, as it's neighbor (my dracaena) who is closer to the vent, did get a few scorched leaves. But the leaves don't seem scorched?
Also, there are these little brownish things on the bottom of the original leaf & a few on some of my newer leaves. I thought scales, but there is no "honeydew" or mold. And it doesn't really look like pictures I've been able to Google of scale. Is this normal? Or should I be concerned?
I'm trying to figure out how to post multiple pictures in this thread via Picasa, but having a little trouble. I could really use some expert advice about this plant. I love it & don't want it to die on me! I've found some old threads & hoping that these same knowledgeable people will help me out!
This post was edited by faerybutterflye on Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 11:33