Should I Cut Off Yellow Monstera Leaves?

  • By: SFUAA
  • Date: December 17, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

When it comes to taking care of Monstera plants, there may be times when pruning and cutting off yellow leaves is necessary. Monstera plants are native to tropical rainforests, and they thrive in humid, warm climates.

If your Monstera plant is growing in a dry, air-conditioned, or outdoor environment, it is likely that the leaves will yellow and may need to be pruned or cut off. Yellowing often happens as a sign that the plant is receiving too much water or too little nutrients, so it’s important to figure out why your Monstera’s leaves are yellowing before cutting them off.

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to cut off yellow leaves from a Monstera plant in the first place, however.

In this blog post, we will discuss the pros and cons of cutting off yellow Monstera leaves and provide tips for how to do it safely. With all of this information, you will be able to determine whether or not cutting off yellow Monstera leaves is the best choice for your plant.

When to Cut Off Yellow Monstera Leaves

If you’ve noticed your Monstera leaves turning yellow, you may be wondering if you should cut them off. Generally, you should only remove yellow leaves if they are dead or dying.

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Yellow Dying Monstera Leaves | Photo 262851393 © Oksana Krasiuk |

If a leaf is still healthy but just yellowing, you should leave it alone. Yellowing is a natural part of the plant’s growth process, and cutting off healthy leaves could weaken the plant.

Yellowing can sometimes happen when your Monstera is missing nutrients it needs to grow and is reclaiming mobile nutrients (e.g. those that can be relocated within the plant) so that it can put them into new growth. When this happens, the correct answer is to make sure your monstera is being properly fertilized.

If you’re unsure if a leaf is dead or dying, gently tug on it. If it comes off easily, it’s probably a good idea to remove it.

Benefits of Cutting Off Yellow Monstera Leaves

If you’ve noticed yellow leaves on your Monstera plant, the good news is that you can easily remedy them. One of the most effective ways to do this is to cut off the yellow leaves, as this can help restore your plant to its original vibrant green.

Here are two benefits of cutting off yellow Monstera leaves:

First, cutting off the yellow leaves can help improve the overall health of your plant. When the leaves are yellow, it is a sign that the plant is not getting enough light or that it is not getting the nutrients it needs. By cutting off the yellow leaves, you can help ensure that your plant is only using its energy on healthy leaves.

Second, cutting off the yellow leaves can help to make your plant look more aesthetically pleasing. When your plant has yellow leaves, it can be a bit of an eyesore, and it can detract from the beauty of the rest of your Monstera. By trimming them off, you can help your Monstera to look neat and vibrant.

You want to make sure you’re remedying the issue that caused the yellowing leaves in the first place, however, not just removing ugly leaves. Figure out whether your plant is getting too much or not enough water, too much or not enough light, or not enough nutrients and fix the issue.

How to Properly Cut Off a Yellow Leaf

If you’ve noticed some yellow leaves on your beloved Monstera plant, it might be time to cut them off. But before you do, here are some tips to ensure you do it properly.

Before you start, disinfect your scissors or pruning shears in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to avoid spreading diseases between the plants you care for.

First, make sure the yellow leaf is completely yellow. If it’s just starting to change color, it might still be healthy and should be left alone.

Second, using a pair of clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears, make sure to cut at the base of the petiole (the stem that connects the leaf to the plant). This will ensure you don’t damage the stem of the plant.

Finally, make sure to dispose of the cut leaf in the trash and not leave it lying around the house. This will help you avoid any potential pests or diseases that could be living on the leaf.

Best Practices for Cutting Off Yellow Monstera Leaves

Monstera leaves naturally turn yellow as they age, but they can also turn yellow due to improper care. If you’ve noticed yellow leaves on your Monstera, you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to help.

The answer is yes – there are a few best practices you can follow to help your Monstera stay healthy and avoid yellow leaves.

  • First, make sure your Monstera is getting enough light. Monsteras prefer bright, indirect light, and insufficient light can cause yellowing of the leaves.
  • Secondly, monitor your Monstera’s watering schedule. Monsteras like to be moist, but not wet, so make sure you’re not overwatering your plant.
  • Finally, make sure your Monstera is getting enough nutrients. Feeding your Monstera a balanced fertilizer every few months will help keep it healthy and vibrant.

When it’s Better to Leave the Leaves Intact

While it is tempting to prune yellow monstera leaves as soon as they appear, there are a few times when it is better to leave them intact.

First, if the leaves are still a vibrant green, then it is best to leave them alone. This is because the green leaves are still healthy and performing photosynthesis, and cutting them off could weaken the plant.

Additionally, if the leaves have deep yellow or brown marks, it’s better to leave them on the plant. These marks are signs that the leaves are adapting to the changing environments around them, and removing them too soon can prevent the plant from being able to protect itself.

Finally, if the yellow monstera leaves have only started to yellow, it’s better to leave them on the plant and observe them for a few days. This is because the plant might be able to self-correct and the leaves may regain their green color.


In conclusion, deciding whether or not to cut off yellow monstera leaves is not an easy decision to make. It all depends on the specific needs of your particular plant, and whether or not it is healthy overall.

If you are unsure, always consult a professional or an experienced gardener for advice. Often, you’ll have a gardening extension center run by master gardeners that will help you for free in your county if you live in the US.

Ultimately, the decision should be based on the overall health of your plant and your own judgment.

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