Welcome to this post that will be discussing why a monstera plant might start to burn on the leaves. The most common issue for this is actually that the plant is experiencing too high of a temperature in combination with a lot of sunlight.
This will have a very detrimental effect on the plant and is what’s causing these differences in color. The worst part about this is that the leaves aren’t really able to recover any of the loss in color or parts of leaves.
Follow along in this article and we will together learn more about some of the best things that you can do when something like this happens. We will also briefly talk about the prevention of burnt monstera leaves.
Burnt Monstera Leaves
Just like we revealed at the beginning of the article here, the monstera plant can be very susceptible when the environment becomes very hot and in combination with a lot of sunlight. These are things that cause the plant to have its leaves dry up and eventually miss color.
When this happens those parts are no longer able to perform photosynthesis, which as you might know is a very important process that makes the plant able to generate energy that fuels its growth.
The worst part is that the leaves that have been burnt like that will most likely not be able to recover. Instead, the best thing to do is just remove them and hope that new ones will soon start growing.
But don’t remove too many of them at a time. That will instead just stress the plant too much and cause it to have even more leaves wilt and eventually fall off.
What can we then do to prevent this from happening again? Well, the most simple thing is keeping the plant indoors, as here these issues almost become non-existent. It’s when it’s kept outdoors that the concentration of the sun becomes too much for the plant.
If you are curious about how long a monstera plant can live in water then we have actually written about this as well. You can find our article here, How Long Can Monstera Live In Water.
Should I Cut Off Burnt Monstera Leaves
We briefly talked about this question in the paragraph above here. The answer is very short and simple, yes you should. The burnt leaves are no longer any good to the plant and are instead just taking up space that instead could have been used for other leaves.
But depending on how many leaves have been burnt you might want to slow down a little bit. The leaves are still a part of the plant and if too many are removed at the same time then that might stress the plant too much. It will have a snowball effect and cause other parts to wilt as well.
To help prevent the leaves from ever getting sunburnt we recommend you keep the plant indoors or in just a shadier area. We strive for about 8 hours of sunlight for the monstera plant, and when that number goes way up is when the issues with burnt leaves start to appear.
We have written an even more in-depth article about this topic that you can find right here, Monstera Sunburn.
Can Burnt Monstera Leaves Heal
The leaves of the monstera plant that has been burnt from too much sun can unfortunately not recover. Depending on the severity of the leaf, it might continue to live and grow, but it will still be patchy and have marks.
Because of that, the best thing is usually to just remove the leaves altogether and hope new ones will eventually start growing there.