6 Super Tips to Grow Bigger Monstera Fast

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These secret Tips to Grow Bigger Monstera Fast work wonders to make the plant achieve an enormous size in no time!

I don’t know about you, but I love plants that have large foliage! They make for a lovely centrepieces indoors, and outdoors, they end up being an awesome focal point! Monstera is one of my favourite plants for the job, and I will tell you some secrets to make it grow bigger in a limited time frame!

Tips to Grow Bigger Monstera Fast

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1. Do You Have the Right Monstera?

I have seen people picking up the smallest variety of monstera, like minima, and trying hard to make it grow bigger. It just won’t work!

To grow a bigger monstera, you have to pick a variety that has a potential to become enormous! My best picks are:

  • Monstera deliciosa: Well, the quintessential monstera that grows leaves as large as 2-3 feet!
  • Monstera borsigiana: Grows fast with leaves spanning almost 2 feet wide.
  • Monstera pinnatipartita: You must try growing this, if you already have a deliciosa in your collection.
  • Monstera deliciosa ‘Variegata’: Comes with a color twist, which makes it a must-have!

2. It’s the Matter of Light!

Look at the teenagers. They just can’t grow without food, right? Well, sunlight plays that same role for monsteras.

For indoors, it is essential that you position the plant near an east facing window. This comes with an advantage of mild morning sun exposure, which does wonders for its growth. This location also provides bright and indirect light to the plant for the rest of the day, while keeping it safe from afternoon sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.

For outdoors, mimic the natural environment of the plant by growing it under the canopy of larger trees. This way, it gets what it loves the MOST—dappled sunlight.

3. Take Care of its Hunger

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Monsteras need feeding if you want them to achieve the kind of spread and growth you see in the pictures here. The best way to do this, is by feeding the plant with any balanced liquid blend, once in 4-5 weeks, after diluting it to 1/2 of its strength.

What I would also suggest, is to use the following:

  • Epsom Salt: The one is rich in magnesium, which is crucial for photosynthesis, that will ultimately boost the plant’s growth and leaf greenness. Add a tablespoon of it in a gallon of water, and use it once a month.
  • Banana Peel Water: These are a powerhouse of potassium, which is essential for healthy leaf growth and overall plant vigor. Soak 3-4 of them in water overnight, and then use that solution to water the plant, every 6-8 weeks.
  • Coffee Grounds: For added nitrogen boost, these are the BEST to promote faster growth. Add a teaspoon of it in the growing medium, every 2 months, for best results.

4. Is the Plant Getting Enough Moisture through the Air?

Monsteras LOVE humidity, and it is essential to provide them the right dose of it, especially if you want to see them accelerate to their large glory!

For indoor plants, it is good to keep their pots on a pebble tray filled with water. The best? Get a humidifier, and place it near the plant to watch it double in size in no time!

For outdoor monsteras, use mulch (2-4 inches thick) around the plants. This helps the soil retain moisture, and provides humidity to the plant. You can also try grouping 5-6 monsteras together to make a mini ecosystem.

5. Let those Aerial Roots Grow!

Aerial roots are monstera’s way to absorb additional moisture and nutrients from the air, or any other surface where it can latch onto. They also help to support the plant, which makes it grow bigger and better.

It is essential that you support their growth in order to help the plant become bigger.

For indoor plants, it would be a good idea to use moss poles or trellises from an early stages of the plant growth to help it support itself. This will also let the aerial roots attach themselves to the support structure properly.

For outdoor monsteras, keep on misting the aerial roots with epsom salt water solution (1 tablespoon of it in one gallon water). This will make them robust, helping them attach more effectively to other plants, and support faster growth.

6. Keep Them Slightly Root Bound

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Well, allow me to explain this with a scientific view point!

When the roots are confined in a container, it triggers a survival instinct in a plant, which makes it grow at an accelerated pace. This is also taken as a stress signal by the plant, and in response to it, it gives priority to faster aerial root growth, which in turns maximizes photosynthesis. It also pushes the plant for top growth rather than spreading downwards—all this works for one goal=faster growth!

However, the key here is to keep the plant in a slightly root-bound stage. Do not confine it in a tight pot for years. The moment you spot 1-2 roots in the topsoil, keep it like that for a few months till you see half of the topsoil covered with the roots—this will be the time to re-pot it into a 1-2 sizes bigger pot, because I can assure, it would be a BIG plant by then.

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