How to Transplant a Monstera Philodendron


Monstera are given their name because they are able to reach heights of up to 70 feet and generate dense epiphytic roots in their natural habitat. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa) is a climbing plant that is native to Central America and is hardy in the plant hardiness zones 10 through 12 according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Naturally, it is not possible to transplant a vine that is seventy feet in length. When moving large vines, taking cuttings to establish new vines is the most effective method. Because monsteras in temperate zones normally reside in containers, they need to be periodically repotted into bigger pots when their robust roots begin growing through drainage holes or up through the soil surface. This process is called periodic repotting.

  1. Heavy watering of the vine will help to break up the dirt and relax the plant’s roots.

  2. Choose a container that is one size bigger than the one the plant is currently residing in. Because of this, the plant’s pace of growth is slowed down.

  3. If you want to prevent dirt from escaping through the drainage holes in the new pot, line the bottom with a layer of big stones or broken pieces of the old pot. Put sterilised potting mix on top of the pebbles or shards to cover them.

  4. To free the monstera plant’s roots from their confinement in the pot, shake the root ball of the plant over a few sheets of newspaper. Use a sharp knife or pair of scissors to trim any roots that grow beyond the ball that the plant’s roots are in. Put the used potting soil on the compost pile, or use it directly in the garden.

  5. Place the root ball on top of the dirt in the container before watering. Put any aerial roots that are dangling down into the container.

  6. According to the instructions provided by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, you should keep the plant at the same level it grew at in its prior environment and fill the container with newly sterilised potting soil. As you add more dirt to the pot, turn it over and give it a little tap to help it settle. While the earth is still moist, drive in a stake; for best results, use a thick stake made of coir or wood that has been coated with moss.

  7. Be sure to give the plant and its support post plenty of water and, if required, add extra soil. According to the recommendation of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, you should let the soil get almost dry before applying further water.

    Things You Will Need

    • Pot

    • Large gravel or clean pot shards

    • Newspaper

    • Commercial potting soil

    • Support post

    • Sharp knife or scissors

    • Hand trowels

    • Garden gloves


    If you are using a kind of potting soil that already has nutrients in it, you will need to hold off on fertilising the plant until the recommendations on the bag tell you how long you should wait. Then, beginning in the spring and continuing through the autumn, apply a monthly application of a half-strength houseplant fertiliser. It is possible that monsteras may need regular repotting, especially if they are kept outdoors during the warmer months; however, if the increase in pot size is restricted, the plant’s pace of development will also be restricted. Once the evening temperatures drop into the high 50s, bring them inside and ensure that they have access to strong light throughout the winter. Monsteras, also known as Swiss cheese plant or split-leaf philodendron, are not really cheese plants and are only distantly related to philodendrons. Monsteras are often termed split-leaf philodendrons. The common names reflect to the characteristics of the plants’ appearance and how they develop.


    When you pot monsteras, do not use soil from the garden; in their natural home, monsteras grow in light, peaty forest soil; thus, you should spend your money on a premium sterile media. Never use pots that lack drainage or lay pots on trays that let the pots to sit in water; monsteras cannot survive in soil that is always wet.