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August 17th, 1995
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Just a few of my Monstera leaves are turning yellow. I recently changed the soil, have been careful about watering and tried to give it some plant food. It’s been about 2 weeks without improvement! Help!
May 28, 2019
Do not give plant food when a plant is struggling! Fertilizer only works when a plant is healthy and happy. Think of it as a vitamin versus a medication. And [289177,Selena S] is right about do not use fertilizer after you repot a plant. you will run the risk of burning the roots.
How much water and sun does it get btw?
Jun 4, 2019
I'm not sure if this is the answer but I've read that when you repot in new soil, you shouldn't add any fertilizer/plant food for at least a few months because the new soil already has enough nutrients.
Another theory: I repotted my Monstera recently and did not add fertilizer and some of my leaves also turned yellow at the bottom - I suspect it could have been transplantation shock or maybe I wasn't gently enough with the roots during the repotting processes. After 1.5 months no new leaves turned yellow and I think it's stabilizing from the transplant shock.
Since it looks like its just the bottom leaves turning yellow, I think I would just try to water normally, give it good light, not add any fertilizer since its in new soil, and see if it improves. I think yellowing newer leaves/bigger leaves would be more cause for concern
May 30, 2019
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