A lovely, interesting spin on the classic monstera plant, the monkey mask plant is cousin to the Swiss cheese monstera, with funky shaped cut-outs in the leaves that sprout and stem outward and dangle down along creeping vines.
It is a fun plant to have, so if you think yours might be dying, you are understandably distraught. But worry not. This hardy plant is not only hard to kill but also easy to revive.
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A Monkey Mask Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office
This pretty plant is perfect for anyone with even a black thumb, making it perfect for your home or office. You can sit it on an end table alone, hang it from the ceiling, or surround it with other interesting greenery. You can even make a monstera garden!
It will keep the air clean for you, offer excellent feng shui energy, and stand as a conversation piece for anyone who wanders in. In short, you can’t go wrong with this monstera adansonii, so let’s be sure you keep it alive.
Signs of a Dying Monkey Mask Plant
The monkey mask plant offers some pretty obvious signs of distress:
- Brown leaves
- Yellow leaves
- Wilting leaves
Common Causes of a Dying Monkey Mask Plant
Reasons for this distress are typically the following:
- Too much sun
- Not enough sun
- Too much water
- Not enough water
Watering Needs of a Monkey Mask Plant
The monkey mask plant does not need a lot of water. In fact, it is drought tolerant and will continue to thrive long after it needs water.
Still, you don’t want to push this reality to the test. As a general rule with the monstera adansonii, you will want to water it about once a week.
To be sure you are not overwatering or underwatering this plant, check the soil with your finger. If it is dry, you can water the plant until the water runs through the pot. If the soil is wet, leave the plant for a few more days.
If you’re still wondering about watering properly, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.
Am I Underwatering My Monkey Mask Plant?
Signs you are underwatering your monkey mask plant include browning or wilting leaves. Checking your soil will help you figure out if the plant has been underwatered as well. Tightly packed soil is another clear sign.
Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Monkey Mask Plant
If the soil has been underwatered, simply soak the plant by watering it until the soil is fully waterlogged and the water is running clear through the bottom of the pot. Then, allow it to dry out and get onto a regular watering schedule.
Am I Overwatering My Monkey Mask Plant?
It is much more likely that you are overwatering your monkey mask plant than that you are underwatering the plant. Yellowing leaves are a classic sign, and soggy soil is another obvious sign.
Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Monkey Mask Plant
If you have overwatered your plant, you can place it in the sun and allow the soil to dry out. If your plant has developed soggy soil, it may have root rot.
If this is the case, your stems will be mushy. Pull the root ball out of the pot and cut away any mushy parts above and below it. Then, allow the root ball to dry out on a screen in the sun.
Once it is dried out, repot the root ball in a dry and airy soil that does not hold moisture. Finally, get on a regular watering schedule.
Soil Needs of a Monkey Mask Plant
The monkey mask plant calls for a light, airy, indoor plant soil that will not hold water.
Soil Drainage Needs for a Monkey Mask Plant
If you notice your plant is not draining well, place pebbles in the bottom of the pot so that the plant does not sit in water.
Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Monkey Mask Plant
If your plant is still not draining well, try planting the monkey mask in a clay pot that allows the moisture to leach out.
Lighting Needs of a Monkey Mask Plant
The monstera adansonii needs indirect light, but, as a tropical plant, does not call for a lot of bright light, and will certainly wither and burn in direct sunlight. It will tolerate a much lower light, but it might not grow as quickly.
Resolving Lighting Issues for a Monkey Mask Plant
If you notice the leaves of your plant are burning, move it out of any sunlight that touches it. In contrast, if you notice the leaves are wilting or the plant is not growing well, you can move it into brighter, more indirect sunlight.
Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Monkey Mask Plant
Happily, you are unlikely to have to deal with pests with a monkey mask plant as it is highly resistant to bugs. However, you might notice thrips, which can present a problem for some people. If you do notice some bugs on the leaves, spray the plant liberally with neem oil a few times a week.
Fake Monkey Mask Plants May Be an Additional Consideration
In the end, if you find a monkey plant is just too much for you, you can always invest in an artificial monkey mask plant. Today’s quality of fake plants can look just like the real thing, and a live monkey mask plant already looks so unreal that a fake one cannot possibly look any different.
If you’re wondering if fake plant is even going to be trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.
What do you think? Have you had success reviving a monkey mask plant? What worked for you? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.