Posted 1M ago by @WhoopsiDaisy

Why does a new leaf turn brown?

#Monstera I got my monstera deliciosa from Ikea a few weeks ago. Furiosa's first new leaf in my home has some crusty brown bits on the tips and slashed across the leaf like it was sliced by a razor blade. I noticed the browning around the shoot opening after I massaged the leaf with a wet sponge to get her to unfurl, which actually started to work the next day, but did that cause damage?
6ft to light, direct
9” pot with drainage
Last watered 6 days ago
overwatering is often the main suspect in this scenario. If you notice dark brown spots or patches on your leaves, it's likely a sign that your plant is receiving too much water, leading to root rot. If you suspect overwatering is the issue and your Monstera is showing severe browning, it might be time to repot it in fresh, dry soil. Here’s a link on care for this gorgeous plants: soil" target="_blank">,it%20in%20fresh%2C%20dry%20soil.
@happyplantbff is totally right... overwatering is always my first suspect with leaf browning! (Especially with new plants as big stores tend to drown them then drought them!! Lol πŸ˜‚). I'm afraid it's totally possible the damage is from your "assistance" though... I get REALLY impatient waiting for them to unfurl too, but they're really delicate at this stage (they don't "harden off" until they've been fully "out" for a few weeks!). I did it once as a new plant parent, in my excitement at my first ever Monsty's first new leaf! Lol... But never again! 🫣 I didn't damage it too badly but it was totally my impatience that caused it! πŸ€¦πŸ˜‚ Next time I'd advise just biding your time and trying to resist the (totally understandable!!) urge to "help" her along! Lol.

I'm sure she'll be fine!! But that leaf damage won't repair x