Why Are Your Monstera Leaves Facing Down?

Owning a Monstera plant is already an accomplishment, and taking proper care of it is even more so. Therefore, when you notice your favorite plant begin to exhibit odd behaviors, it can make you wonder what’s going on. So, why are your Monstera leaves facing down?

Your Monstera leaves are facing down due to underwatering. Although underwatering is the most common reason for Monstera leaves facing down, overwatering, insufficient sunlight, stress, and pests are also possible reasons. Additionally, the lack of structural support can cause downturned leaves.

The rest of this article will discuss the possible reasons why your Monstera leaves are facing down, whether or not it’s normal for them to droop, and how to get your Monstera leaves to stand up. So, read on!

Reasons Why Your Monstera Leaves Are Facing Down

Because there are so many reasons that could cause your Monstera leaves to face down, it’s essential to go over them and the additional signs or symptoms for each. Therefore, knowing the reasons will help you spot which one applies to your Monstera plant and understand how to fix it.

Your Monstera leaves facing down could be because of one of the following reasons:

Your Monstera Plant Is Lacking Water

The lack of water is the most common reason Monstera leaves begin to droop and face down. Monsteras thrive in slightly damp soil, so underwatering the plant causes it to dry out too much. Therefore, the leaves will begin to face down or droop.

Some other signs and symptoms of underwatering a Monstera include:

  • Brown spots form on the leaves. Brown spots in the middle of the leaves or around the edges are an obvious sign of underwatering. Unfortunately, cutting the Monstera plant’s brown leaves would be best.
  • Crispy leaves. Due to dehydration, the leaves commonly become crisp.
  • Change in leaf color. The lack of water can cause the leaves to change to a lighter brown or yellow color.
  • Dry soil. If your Monstera’s soil is becoming dry too quickly, you’re most likely not giving it enough water.

Your Monstera Plant Is Lacking Structural Support

Don’t automatically assume the worst when your Monstera plant’s leaves face down. Sometimes, they’re facing downwards because they lack the support they need to face up.

If your Monstera plant is on the larger side, gravity begins to take over and cause it to grow sideways, leaving your plant with leaves downturned, and sometimes, stems trailing on the floor.

So, if this is the case for your plant, the best thing to do is choose a support method for the plant, such as a moss pole or trellis. Both methods work wonderfully to hold a Monstera plant upright and allow its leaves to flourish.

Along with leaves facing down, some other signs of a Monstera lacking support includes:

  • The Monstera plant is growing sideways. As mentioned, a sideways growing Monstera is common to see, especially for the larger-sized plants. So, when your plant grows sideways, the leaves might automatically begin facing down.
  • Aerial roots appear at the base of the plant. Although one expects to see aerial roots in Monsteras, the lack of support for the plant can cause them to appear more than usual.
  • Stems and leaves are going in every direction. A plant without support won’t stand straight, especially a climbing plant like a Monstera. So, it’s common to see a Monstera plant’s stems and leaves going in every direction, including facing down.

You Monstera Plant Has Insufficient Sunlight Exposure

While the lack of water is a significant factor in downturned Monstera leaves, the lack of sunlight is just as important. Giving Monstera plants bright, indirect sunlight for around five hours a day is essential.

Because bright, indirect sunlight is a bit more challenging to achieve, especially for five hours a day, many indoor Monstera plants don’t receive the sunlight needed daily. However, it’s important to note that Monstera can survive in low light conditions but won’t do as well as in bright, indirect sunlight.

Some other signs of insufficient sunlight for a Monstera plant may include:

  • Leaf discoloration. Brown or yellow leaves can also signify the lack of sunlight.
  • The leaves on the Monstera won’t split. Monsteras are known for their leaf design, so if your plant is growing, but the leaves aren’t splitting, it could be due to the lack of sunlight.
  • The soil takes a long time to dry out. Too wet soil is never good for a Monstera, and if you notice the soil is taking too long to dry out, it’s likely because of the lack of sunlight.

Moving the Monstera to a brightly-lit area in your home is essential if your indoor Monstera plant’s leaves are facing down due to insufficient sunlight. The best location for an indoor Monstera plant is at an east-facing or near a south-facing window. Both of these areas are ideal sunlight conditions for your plant.

Your Monstera Plant Has Too Much Sunlight Exposure

While too little sunlight isn’t great for your plant, too much sunlight is just as harmful. As I’ve already mentioned, Monstera plants crave bright, indirect sunlight. Therefore, too much direct sunlight on the plant can cause problems, including leaves facing down.

Some other common signs of too much sunlight on your Monstera plant include:

If this is the case for your plant, you must move it away from the direct sunlight.

Your Monstera Plant Is Stressed

Just like humans, plants can stress for various reasons. Stress-inducing problems for plants can be from the temperature, or the roots can be damaged (commonly because of repotting the plant). And stressed roots can cause a lot of additional problems for the plant.

Whatever the reason, if your Monstera plant is stressed, it will commonly show it through downturned leaves, as well as a variety of other ways. 

Some other symptoms that a stressed-out Monstera plant may show include:

  • Yellowing leaves.
  • Visible roots (most likely meaning the plant is root-bound, leading to stress on the roots).
  • Curling leaves.

Your Monstera Plant Has Pest Problems

Lastly, if your Monstera plant has a pest problem, it’s likely to cause the leaves to face down. However, several different pests could be causing Monstera plant problems, and each will come with its own symptoms for the plant. Despite this, any insect harming the plant will cause it stress, which, as we know, can make the leaves downturned.

Other vital symptoms that indicate a pest problem in a Monstera plant include:

  • Leaves with holes.
  • Leaves with brown or yellowing spots.
  • Yellowing leaves.
  • Leaves with a sticky residue.
  • Possible webbing.

Even though your Monstera plant may not show any other signs of a pest problem, you must watch the plant closely just in case. If there are pest problems, you must take care of them as soon as possible. Otherwise, the health of your plant is in jeopardy.

Are Monstera Leaves Supposed To Droop?

If you’re new to owning a Monstera plant, you probably don’t know exactly how a healthy plant is supposed to look or act. So, if you notice the leaves drooping, you may wonder if you’re doing something wrong. So, are your Monstera leaves supposed to droop?

Monstera leaves aren’t supposed to droop. If your Monstera is drooping significantly, it’s most likely due to the lack of water. However, a slightly drooping Monstera plant is typical, especially if a moss pole or stake is not supporting it.

Figuring out the cause for drooping Monstera leaves may take trial and error. However, to get your plant looking happy and lively again, it’s vital!

How Do You Get Monstera Leaves To Stand Up?

If your Monstera plant is drooping for reasons other than more severe health problems, there are easy ways to get the plant’s leaves to stand up.

Use a stake, moss pole, or trellis to get your Monstera leaves to stand up. The added support to cling to will give your plant the extra help it needs for the stems and leaves to grow strong and stand up.

However, it’s also essential to provide your plant with all of the necessary aspects it needs to thrive, including:

  • Bright, indirect sunlight for several hours a day.
  • Slightly damp soil with adequate draining (and a pot with drainage holes).
  • The right amount of water (not too much or too little).

Final Thoughts

Monstera leaves facing down can be a bit startling. While most of the time this is due to underwatering the plant, there are other possible reasons, including:

  • The lack of structural support.
  • Insufficient sunlight.
  • Too much sunlight.
  • Stress on the Monstera plant.
  • Problems with pests.

Luckily, there are easy ways to fix many of these problems, so you can have your Monstera leaves back up in no time.

Alexander Picot

Alexander Picot is the principal creator of TheGrowingLeaf.com, a website dedicated to gardening tips. Inspired by his mother’s love of gardening, Alex has a passion for taking care of plants and turning backyards into feel-good places and loves to share his experience with the rest of the world.

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