How to save Monstera with cut roots?
I have a Monstera that's been doing great for a few years. I was told to just let the air roots be, that it wouldn't hurt the plant to let them grow and not be in soil, but they started to get so long they were a hazard in our living room. I looked on some forums and it seemed like it wouldn't hurt the plant to cut the air roots, so I cut them back a bit and retrained them into the soil. They have not taken root in the soil and the plant is starting to show some signs of distress (brown patches on leaves, yellowing near the spot where the air root comes out of on the stalk). The plant has never done any of this before, so I think it's related to my cutting the air roots, and I want to get advice sooner rather than later. I will be so sad if I stupidly did the wrong thing with these air roots and my plant slowly dies. Thanks for your help!
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    Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! I haven't heard that pruning aerial roots can harm the plant and don't think that's what is going on here. I believe this to be more of a "coincidence" with the timeline. The spot on the foliage appears to be due to either the soil staying moist for too long, or the plant developing a fungal infection. Moving forward, I would just remain patient with the plant. Increase the light if possible just in case, and make sure you're allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. If you notice the spotting spreading in more concentric circles with yellowing then I would treat the plant with a fungicide!
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      Julia Barry ok, great to know the air roots are fine! I'll just keep an eye on that leaf and yellowed stem area to see if it spreads.

      By the way, stupid #plantnewbie question -- can the parts of the air roots that were cut off be used to make a new plant somehow, or do you have to have a piece of stem with the airroot for that to work?

      Thanks!
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    Julia Barry Here's another leaf on that same stalk. I wouldn't normally think browning this small would be something to pay attention to, but posting just in case related. I'll keep an eye on if it increases in size.
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    Julia Barry Here's the yellowing spot
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