How To Repot Monsteras

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The Monstera Deliciosa, often referred to as the Swiss Cheese Plant, is a popular choice among indoor plant enthusiasts due to its striking foliage and relatively low maintenance requirements. However, like any other potted plant, Monstera can outgrow its container over time, leading to a decline in its health and appearance. Repotting your Monstera is essential to ensure its continued growth and vitality. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of repotting a Monstera so you can keep your plant thriving!

When to Repot

Before diving into the repotting process, it’s crucial to know when your Monstera needs a new home. Here are some signs that indicate it’s time to repot your Monstera:

  1. Root Bound: When the roots start circling the bottom of the pot and become tightly packed, it’s a clear sign that your Monstera needs more space to grow.
  2. Sluggish Growth: If your Monstera’s growth has slowed down significantly, despite proper care, it may have outgrown its current pot.
  3. Watering Difficulties: If the soil in your pot becomes hydrophobic, meaning it is hard and water doesn’t penetrate super well when you try to water your plant, it’s time for new soil!

Materials Needed

Before you begin the repotting process, gather the following materials:

  1. New Pot: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Ensure it has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil, something monsteras really don’t tolerate well!

  2. Fresh Potting Mix: I always go for the best draining mix I can get and I’ve had fantastic success mixing 1:1 succulent mix with orchid bark!

  3. Pruning Shears or Scissors: You may need these to trim any damaged or overgrown roots and cut back the plant if necessary.

  4. Not a material necessarily, but Time: These plants take more than 5 minutes to repot properly, so make sure you have time time do it right before you start!

Step-by-Step Guide to Repotting a Monstera

Now that you have everything you need, let’s dive into the repotting process:

  1. Choose the Right Time: Spring is the ideal time to repot your Monstera during its growing season, but whenever your plant needs it is really the right time! Also wait until your plant is due for water, dry soil means an easier time getting your plant out of the old soil!

  2. Prepare the New Pot: Fill the new pot with a layer of fresh potting mix, enough to provide a stable base for your Monstera.

  3. Remove the Monstera from its Current Pot: Gently tip the plant to the side and slide it out of the pot. Be careful not to damage the roots or stems.

  4. Inspect the Roots: Examine the roots for any signs of rot or damage. Trim away any brown or mushy roots with clean pruning shears.

  5. Loosen the Root Ball: Gently tease apart the outer layer of roots to encourage outward growth. This helps the plant establish itself in its new container.

  6. Place the Monstera in the New Pot: Position the Monstera in the center of the new pot, ensuring that it sits at the same level it did in the old pot.

  7. Fill with Soil: Carefully add potting mix around the plant, gently pressing it down as you go to eliminate air pockets, and to ensure you don’t wash away all of your hard work the next time you water.

  8. Water Thoroughly: Give your Monstera a good soak after repotting to help settle the soil and hydrate the plant.

  9. Stake or Support: If your Monstera is top-heavy or leaning, provide a stake or moss pole for support to help it grow upright.

  10. Monitor and Care: Place your repotted Monstera in its usual spot with bright, indirect light. Continue to care for it by watering when the top inch of soil feels dry and fertilizing during the growing season.



Repotting your Monstera is a vital part of its care routine, ensuring it has enough space to grow and thrive. By following these simple steps and providing the right care afterward, you’ll have a healthy and beautiful Monstera that continues to grace your home with its stunning foliage for years to come.

Happy Repotting!

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