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Heather
I have a huge gum in our yard and we have a monstera that seems to be growing into the gum tree? OK for gum?

The gum tree is huge, and the monstera has only this year attached itself to the gum. My husband is worried about the gum tree. Is it in danger of being damaged by the monstera?

Submitted: 04:43PM, 28 Feb 2019
Answer: Hi Heather,

Thanks for your enquiry. Firstly, apologies for the delay in responding. We have been overwhelmed with a huge number of queries over recent weeks and we’re trying to answer everyone as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience.

There are several risks with a large climber like a monstera growing up into a tree. It can create damp spots on the tree trunk, allowing pests and diseases to flourish. There is also the added weight from the monstera, which could weaken and break tree limbs.

Ideally the monstera should not be allowed to grow up into the tree. When cutting the monstera back you’ll be able to create some cuttings and grow a few plants indoors. They make a great house plant!

Kind regards,

Angie

Category: General
Tags: pruning, monstera
Answered: 10:11AM, 11 Apr 2019

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