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Why Your Monstera is Dripping Water (Guttation Explained)

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If you’ve noticed your Monstera leaves seem to be dripping water, almost as if they’re sweating, you’ve come to the right place.

This usually means your plant is happy and healthy!

But you still shouldn’t ignore what your plant is trying to tell you.

In this article we’ll explain why this happens, what you need to know about it and how to identify any potential issues that could be problematic.

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Why is Water Dripping from My Monstera Leaves?

Water dripping from the tips of Monstera leaves (something that looks like a dew drop) is a common occurrence and is usually caused by a process called guttation.

Guttation is a natural process where excess water is excreted from the plant through specialized structures called hydathodes.

These are located at the end of the small veins at the tips of the leaves.

This occurs when water pressure inside the plant increases to the point where it forces liquid water out through the hydathodes.

It’s not usually a cause for concern and is actually a sign that the plant is healthy and actively growing.

However, excess guttation can be a cause for concern, so it’s important to monitor your Monstera. 

When It’s Most Likely to Happen

If you water your Monstera at night, you’re more likely to notice water droplets from the tips of the plant’s leaves in the morning.

This is because the microscopic pores on each leaf close up for the night.

Since they’re closed, water can’t transpire during this time.

In the morning once they open up, there’s water pressure built up, and this is when we see the plant leaves start to ‘sweat’ or release water droplets. 

What is Guttation?

Guttation is the exudation of liquid water from the margins or tips of leaves of plants.

It looks like small water droplets on the tips of the leaves. 

It occurs when water pressure inside the plant increases to the point where it forces liquid water out through the hydathodes, which are specialized pores in the leaf epidermis.

Unlike transpiration, which is the loss of water vapor from the leaves, guttation occurs when the soil is moist and the relative humidity in the air is high, typically at night or in the early morning.

Guttation is a natural process that occurs in many plant species, including the Monstera plant.

Why does Guttation Happen?

Guttation is a result of osmotic pressure in the plant’s vascular system.

During the day, water is absorbed by the roots and transported through the xylem vessels to the leaves.

In the leaves, the water is used for photosynthesis and cooling.

However, at night or in conditions of high relative humidity, the stomata on the leaves close to prevent water loss.

This causes the water pressure in the plant to build up, which can force liquid water out through the hydathodes.

In a nutshell, this most commonly happens when your Monstera has had plenty of water.

It’s used up what it needs and is getting rid of what it doesn’t to keep itself healthy and thriving. 

Is Guttation a Cause for Concern?

Guttation is a natural process and is not usually a cause for concern.

In fact, it is a sign that the plant is healthy and actively growing. 

According to some studies, guttation is actually a necessary process in the wild, as it serve as a nutrient-rich food source for many insects. 

Signs to Watch for When Guttation Might be a Problem

However, if the plant is experiencing excessive guttation, it may be an indication of overwatering or a fungal infection. 

Overwatering can cause the soil to become saturated, which can lead to root rot and other issues.

If you notice excessive guttation, it may be a good idea to check the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

If this is the case, start watering your Monstera in the morning, and move it to a spot where it can soak up a little more light. 

Additionally, if the guttation fluid has a cloudy or milky appearance, it may be a sign of a fungal infection, and you should take steps to treat the plant.

Should I do anything about Guttation?

There is usually no need to do anything about guttation, as it is a natural process that occurs in healthy plants.

However, if you notice any other signs of plant stress or disease, such as wilting or discoloration, you may want to investigate further to determine the cause and take appropriate action.

Should I Wipe Off the Excess Water Droplets Caused by Guttation?

It is not necessary to wipe off the water from guttation on your Monstera plant’s leaves, as it is a natural process and is harmless to the plant.

In fact, wiping off the water droplets can potentially damage the leaves and interfere with the plant’s ability to regulate water balance.

However, if you prefer to remove the water droplets for aesthetic reasons, you can gently dab them off with a clean cloth or tissue.

Just be sure not to rub or wipe the leaves aggressively, as this can damage the delicate leaf surface and cause other issues.

Does Guttation happen to all Monstera Plants?

Guttation can occur in many plant species, including Monstera plants.

However, not all Monstera plants will necessarily exhibit guttation, as it can be affected by various factors such as environmental conditions, plant health, and soil moisture levels.

Additionally, different Monstera cultivars or varieties may have different tendencies to exhibit guttation.

So while guttation is a natural process and can occur in Monstera plants, it is not guaranteed to happen in every plant.

Identifying Guttation vs. Other Issues

Water droplets on your Monstera plant leaves can be caused by various factors, including guttation, pests, and diseases.

To determine whether the droplets are caused by guttation, check whether they are clear and odorless.

If so, it is likely guttation. However, if the droplets are sticky or have an odor, it may indicate an infestation of pests such as aphids or mealybugs.

Similarly, if the droplets are yellow or brown, it may indicate a fungal or bacterial infection.

If it’s happening in conjunction with leaves that look damaged, it’s likely root rot. 

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to take appropriate action to address the issue and prevent further damage to your plant.

Should You Try and Prevent Guttation?

Preventing guttation in Monstera plants is not necessary and is not recommended.

Guttation is a natural and healthy process that allows the plant to release excess water and maintain proper water balance.

As we mentioned earlier, it’s usually a sign that your plant is healthy. 

If the droplets are causing damage to your furniture or floors, you can place a tray or saucer under the plant to catch the water.

You can also only water in the morning when the plant is most affection at soaking up the water. 

Caring for Your Monstera Plant

In addition to maintaining proper soil moisture levels, there are several other factors to consider when caring for your Monstera plant.

These include providing it with adequate sunlight, fertilizing it regularly with a balanced fertilizer, and pruning it to promote bushier growth.

Additionally, it is important to monitor your plant for signs of stress or disease, such as yellowing leaves or wilting, and take appropriate action to address any issues as soon as possible.

With proper care, your Monstera plant can thrive and exhibit beautiful guttation, adding to its unique and striking appearance.

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