Repotting a Monstera made easy - this is how it works

Repotting a Monstera made easy - this is how it works

Evidence for changing to a new bucket

Since every repotting means pure stress for your Monstera, this maintenance is not on the program at fixed dates. This is how your window leaf signals the desire for a larger pot with fresh substrate:

  • First root strands grow out of the opening in the ground
  • Roots push up through the substrate
  • Yellow leaves indicate a lack of nutrients

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A lack of space is the most important reason to repot the powerful climber. Nevertheless, deficiency symptoms also require a change to fresh substrate, in which case the previous tub can be reused.

Guide to proper repotting

At the end of winter is the best time to repot a window leaf. Prepare a new culture pot that has openings in the bottom for water drainage. Select the size so that there is two fingers' widths between the root ball and the wall of the pot. We recommend loose rhododendron soil on a compost basis as a substrate, as this has a slightly acidic pH value, just as a window leaf would like. How to repot properly:

  • Create a drainage in the new pot with expanded clay (€ 17.50 at Amazon *) or pottery shards
  • Pour in a few handfuls of fresh soil and press down gently
  • Fill the window leaf and loosen the root ball with your hands

Pot your Monstera in the middle so that the root disc is 2 to 3 cm below the edge of the bucket. This pouring edge ensures that no substrate-water mixture spills over later. Carefully bend protruding aerial roots into the substrate. At the end, water the transplanted window leaf with lime-free water. Since fresh soil is always pre-fertilized, the nutrient supply is suspended for 6 to 8 weeks.


Repotting your Monstera is the perfect topiary opportunity. Carefully cut off annoying tendrils by up to two thirds of their length. The window leaf then cheerfully drives out of the sleeping eyes. Only the aerial roots are spared from being pruned.