Propagating a Monstera: Since my monstera is pretty mature and very healthy, I have several options when it comes to selecting cuttings to propagate. It will take a few weeks for the first shoots to come out. Hi Marie! You can definitely try it, but it is definitely not a direct replacement and may not work. I would place it in water for a few weeks and see if anything happens. Feel free to send a photo to L&P’s facebook page for more help! It can, but it will be a lot happier in soil in the end. I would love to bring this one indoors. But this means I have to cut the root to free it from the ground. Hi there, thanks for the article. Hi, I have a cat that enjoys chewing on my plants, and am concerned about his taste for greenery as I introduce new species into the household. Don’t root them in water unless you are going to grow it in water. If you can’t attach a photo in the comments here – feel free to post on Leaf and Paw’s facebook page and that would give me a better idea. It looks like you used a post to keep the plant upright? The new roots are about a half an inch. . I have had it for a couple of years but it only has five leaves, as each time it grows a leaf the oldest leaf yellows and dies. While the long aerial roots usually take root in the soil with ease, propagation of Monstera deliciosa can also be accomplished by diverse means. Hi, I thought the point of air-layering was so that it could grow roots while on the main plant, and then you would clip it off once the cutting had roots? copyright © 2020 cate st hill. Hi, thanks for a great article! Hope that helps! And I’m glad Charlie found a loving home. You’re welcome Anna! Thank you! Good luck! A lot of factors could have contributed to it but at this point, make sure it’s in well draining soil with lots of perlite and orchid bark. Good luck! If there were any extra leaves, this would be the time to remove them. Just wrap the moss around the stem and cover in plastic and leave. I know some people also plant a couple smaller monsteras in one pot to give an illusion of a larger plant. It indeed was rotting and i had to remove most/all of the rot and repot in fresh soil again. You may have an issue, but it’s hard to tell without a photo (feel free to send one to Facebook). Hi Jordana – what you can do is do the type of air layering I mention and put a bundle of moss around a node to encourage root development. Propagating monstera deliciosa cuttings in soil. A monstera’s rapid growth and resilience makes them it the ideal plant to propagate from – that means taking cuttings from a mature, mother plant to create smaller, new plants. I would let each of those cuttings sit in water for a good three months to develop roots, then, you can reassess and plant them if you see enough development. I would love to keep it in the garden and. thanks. Should I cut it off or will a new leaf ever grow back? I noticed where she cut on the senior plant a few months ago hasn’t had any new leaves grow since. Good luck! I just started my first propagation journey just over a month ago. Monstera deliciosa is a fantastic example of an easy care plant that can also can be a low light plant. Sure you can send me a photo on IG or facebook, but the aerial roots or nodes will look like little nubs. Or maybe a I could just put a node, without a leaf, in a pot with water ? I adopted my Charlie as he was unwanted. Too-large pots are very dangerous, leading to over-watering and general unpleasantness since Monsteras prefer to have many of their root aerial, not smothered under soil. These holes also allow rain to pass and trickle down to their roots as well. This morning, I checked the roots again. They are not in the window but near it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Thanks again. If you haven’t already, you can read my post about Monty, my Monstera here: https://leafandpaw.com/2017/03/21/indoor-plants-monstera/. I’ve been letting it sit in water since then and have some new roots! Good luck! Hi Ruth, that’s great! Can you give some more instructions about potting? The aerial root itself looks questionable but I did cut the tip and noticed that it is still white. Hi – thank you so much for this blog post! Bummer if I did it wrong. If I’m picturing how your cutting looks (feel free to post a pic) a node should pop up and develop. After repotting, he only became happier and unfurled another four leaves in a few weeks. All seemed well until about 2 weeks ago, the leaf started to yellow. The Monstera plant has aerial origins as well as big-hearted-like leatherlike fallen leaves that resemble a heart. Also, since it os growing vertically, I do not see the nods like the one your Monty has. . Instead, cut a healthy Monstera stem/leaf below a node. Simply wrap some damp sphagnum moss around the stem where an aerial root and leaf axil are located. Do you know if a monstera cutting can remain in water and just live in a vase? What’s even better is it’s practically free – you don’t have to spend any money or buy something new to create an instant impact. Cuttings with leaves are much more stable. In lots, but not all instances, these nodes eventually grow into aerial roots, which is what the plant uses to attach to and climb vertical surfaces. Christine. He should survive, but leaf growth will be very slow, so patience is a must. I added 4 in a large pot and 1 in a 6 in pot. This would also be a simple way to share a plant with friends or family. All of them are drooping. I felt it was sitting to high. New leaves shoot off from the cut stem (usually horizontally), resulting in a bushier plant. Cate St Hill is an interiors writer, stylist and designer based in London. I recently bought a baby albino variegated monstera, and it had beautiful long roots. Thank you. If your cat shows any interest in playing with or chewing it, you need to put it up higher. I have about 4-5 stakes to keep him somewhat vertical and plan on pruning the unwieldy stems come spring. . You can definitely save your plant, just keep it in medium sun to recover, away from drafts. I have been propagating Monsteras for a little while now and am loving both the cuttings in the glass and my already potted rooted plants. Hi Gisela – first, be sure to monitor your dog for future plant consumption as monsteras are considered toxic to pets and can cause intestinal issues. You probably can plant right in soil, but if it were me I would let it sit in water for a while to grow some new roots. Enter your email address to subscribe to my blog and receive notifications of any new posts by email, Enter your email address to receive my monthly newsletter with more inspiration and ideas for simple, everyday interiors and sustainable living. It’s so satisfying seeing a plant thrive and evolve, rather than wither and die just by looking at it. Early in the year in March I started with this plant that was dead and kicked around in a yard for 2 yrs and I took off and grew greeeeeat. No wonder its Latin name translates as ‘monstrous’ (the ‘deliciosa’ bit refers to the edible fruit it can make). My Monstera is very happy – 5 feet tall, huge leaves with 20 cuts, a new leaf every month lately – but only a single stem. I really appreciate it! Thank you for such a comprehensive blog; I’ve learned so much! Not exactly sure where to cut? Does the soil have drainage? Fingers crossed! I read somewhere that cinnamon is a rooting agent so I dropped a stick of it in the water. Hope that helps and thanks for reading! I would send a picture to your e mail but I don’t see how to attach from here and I don’t use facebook so I can’t send one there. My friend has a monstera, and when I asked for a cutting he gave me a piece of the root! They are starting to grow roots, but simultaneously the leaves are starting to yellow. I was told and have read that monstera are poisonous for cats. Placing any new plant or cutting in a too-large pot means there is too much soil and (usually) too much water which can rot the plant. Then I went out of town for 18 days. Thanks again!!! They’re very easy to grow and propagate well – and are safe for pets! I’d say once every couple weeks would be fine. Easily doubling in size, his leaves began to sprout every which way. Hi! Hi Michelle! My family has 2 huge plants and we want to propagate to make new plants for our friends and family because they’re just unmanageable at this point. ( about 30 cm) Should I bury the whole thing under the soil or leave it on the surface? My question is why is my plant leaning towards one side? Is this just because the new growth is making it heavy, does it need more water or maybe it needs reppotted? This allowed me (to attempt) to make him the shape I wanted. But I don’t know ! If it does grow, chances are there was a leaf node all along. Be warned, because you are entering fall you may not see a huge amount of leaf development once you plant, but don’t panic, baby monsteras produce leaves very slowly. I’m concerned that the root tips are white and gets darker towards the base. Hey! Although it is also possible to cut a Monstera without aerial roots. So happy it helped you out. Wrap where the leaf joins the stem in a one-inch layer of sphagnum moss. Free shipping. <3. Hi Elizabeth! It is sooooo beautiful and I don’t want it to die. I would place it back in some clean filtered water until you see new root growth and improvement. I got a cutting about two months ago and put it in the jar per your instructions. Your email address will not be published. Those huge leaves and big stems make a dramatic statement. A plant should never stop growing and it definitely sounds pot bound. I’ve found no great advice from my local nurseries. Thanks for reading! Starting with a stem with a leaf and an aerial root, she cuts the stem … Feel free to send pics to my facebook page too! I was hoping you could help me out. Hi Anna, I’ve done both. She lives far away and I will not be able to do it again. My monstera water propagation roots habe suddenly turned brown!! It was getting a bit out of hand – if you were sitting on the end of the sofa nearest the monstera it felt a little like you were hiding under a jungle canopy. It would be leaving the mother plant looking a bit weird, I’m sure, but hopefully it will keep growing. Typically you want a cutting to sit in water for a few months, so if it’s been that long and the roots look healthy, go for it! Affiliate links are marked with *aff – I receive a small commission on the sale of these items. Monsteras like to dry out between waterings, so the best thing to do now is check and see if the soil is moist/wet. In the meantime, a monstera in a vase makes a beautiful display – I didn’t need to buy fresh flowers for months! Trim off any yellow leaves. And once you have success with one plant, it’s oh so addictive! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I would like to leave the monstera in the water permanently after I’ve successfully propagated. Name: Ariel Kim. Thanks, Carol. What should I do with this stem? Thanks! Then simply place your cutting in a clean vase with water. Hi! Does pruning encourage a bushier/more full momma plant? To answer your question, Tyler, I think you’ll be ok. A new leaf looks like a little fold coming from the stem, and that’s a good sign. I was hoping you could help me, i want to bring a cutting of a monstera deliciosa from my grandaparents’ home, but the trip to my house is 12 hours long. That’s as long as the mother plant is established enough first and healthy. All of my monsteras are happy with that mix. Hi Carl, I find rooting in water then transferring into soil yields a healthy plant. I have had two cuttings in water for about two months now (had to perform drastic surgery because of insect infestation) and for a long time nothing happened. Good luck! This article is so helpful! Pam. I notice as Monty becomes older, more aerial roots form rater than in-ground roots. Thanks so much. I’d wait 6 months or so until more stems appear. It depends which monstera varieties you are looking for and where you live. As far as getting them to root, the stems won’t be enough – they’ll need a node which turns into the roots. Thanks for this article! But they do sound healthy and almost ready to pot, you should have nice healthy plants! I got cuttings from the plant store, kept them in water until the roots came out and potted. Cuttings with no leaves take a VERY long time to produce one, so they key is to keep the cutting humid and in a warm sunny place. The cutting will stay green/alive in a jar with water (like a florist’s cutting), but won’t sprout roots. Hi Adelaide! Hi Mary Ann! Looking at Monty it looks like there’s a lot of different ‘stems’ in the same pot. You can do this all year but it … Can you use a non glass, opaque container to regrow a cutting? Do you have any advice please? Hi! I would need to see a photo – that would definitely help me see if there’s a chance of propagation. please help! Either way you should be able to save the pieces you have. Moved plant thinking maybe it got a hot shot of sun, now omg. You want moist but not dry or sopping soil. These were the steps I took to ensure Monty Jr. would grow up big and strong: Look your monstera over and find the node. Hi Diana! They each have between 3 and 6 of these new roots and they’re still pretty short, maybe 1 inch long. The best part – more Montys! Thanks for this post Cate! I would then rinse the roots well under water and inspect them for damage. Tia! Hello! In most of the pictures I see of Monsteras the plant looks to be growing up as more of a bushy plant, vs this one that has one long stem with leaves coming off of it in many spots. Hi Debbie – you won’t be able to propagate from just a leaf and stem. Hi, Thank you. Did that stem grow back? It has tons below on the stalk part. hi there, what happens at the cutting spot on the old plant? You will not see aerial roots in a young Monstera, but as it matures, aerial roots emerge from the … Is this a problem or will it survive on its own? Hi Jerry, you definitely could as long as you had enough room. Hi Leaf and Paw! Yes, you can! Did Monty find his way to grow new leaves where you cut him? Hi! That makes me so nervous. The aerial root by the node where I want to make a cut is rather long. This might sound weird, but the roots are really growing quickly in the water. Anyway, I am hoping you can help. I recommend getting a moisture meter so you don’t overwater, which can kill a young plant. Your email address will not be published. Exactly what we need here! I usually give it at least a month, so you can wait a bit longer or move to a bigger jar for another few weeks. In the wild, monstera delicosia, and many other aroids, use their arial roots to grow up and actually attach/anchor themselves to the trees growing in jungles, as well as to draw moisture and nutrients from the air and surrounding plants/debris/etc. The fear stems from the idea that I will either: But Monty was too big. The cuttings are made very easy by the aerial roots that a Monstera grows. We’re lucky enough to be able to grow monsteras outside in Northland, NZ. I will ship this plant with its roots in damp moss with the leaves carefully protected to avoid damage during shipping. Hi Lani, You can propagate it again in the same spot or on the old stem, just be sure the existing root or node is healthy and plump and there are at least three leaves that will be on the new cutting. You can also do trial and error and see if pruning many of the tall leaves results in more lower leaves, but you run the risk of stunting growth. Having so much trouble finding a local nursery or garden that sells the cuttings. , Hi!! Also, is it best to propagate this in water, or just plant it straight away? Aerial roots on the other hand are roots that come out of the stem. Thanks for reading and congrats! One of the methods is by cuttings in water. Continue to keep it in a warm, sunny location. I change the water every 5 or so days and it is spring time in Australia so I thought it might have grown a root by now! I tend to rattle on. Hi Gigi, Yes feel free to shoot me a photo on Insta or facebook, but you should be ok. As long as that last remaining root/node is white and not black or mushy it should survive. I currently have the roots in water and I have noticed some new growth, however with no leaf, will this still propagate? any ideas as to what I’m doing wrong? Mine is just starting to look a little stemmy, but still really nice, so I only want to cut if it will help maintain its full shape. Both mini Montys are happier than ever. . Hi Mary Ann! When I got back, the root is much longer, plus another root has formed, plus a million of the tiny white roots are coming off the original root, PLUS a new leaf is unfurling. You can’t pull off a leaf and hope for the best. She set up her blog in 2011, sharing simple design for everyday living. To propagate Monstera deliciosa in water, locate an area on the stem that has a few leaves (try for two or three), a few nodes, and, if possible, an aerial root. Monsteras do like a decent amount of sun, but not drafts. I hope that helps! As long as your Monstera isn’t dying or the leaves aren’t drying up/turning black, you should see some root form soon as long as there was a node. If the water was looking a little low I just topped it up with some fresh water. However, if they are mushy or smell bad, that means the plant is dying. Plant in a peaty, well-draining soil in a pot with drainage holes. That coloring could be normal, new roots are typically white but it’s probably not root rot. Hi Ana, a new leaf should grow out of it, despite the tip being brown. Just a leaf and stem. I wish I could attach a picture. Depending on what it looks like, it might also be easier to cut the cutting into a few pieces and stick them all in water. Thank you! is it going to make it? It’s grown from a small pot plant to a lush, sprawling tangle of stems and glossy foliage in a matter of two years or so. I would love to see pics! And i didn’t know if I should plant it right in soil or put in water? He’ll be happy as a clam in no time. A cutting without any leaves does not have a high chance of survival. I let Monty Jr soak in his bath for a good two months before planting. Hi Emma! I have two and my friend kept two. If you’ve got one that’s looking a little overgrown why not give it a go? Either way, place it in water. I’d love to post a pic, but I don’t see an option on the site! Thank you in advance. This is now a few months back but my Monstera hasn’t grown any more leaves since then. Also check for bugs on the leaves and stems. Sign #1 That It Is Time To Stake Your Monstera: Aerial Roots . Because of their age and size, they should be putting out aerial roots that will help anchor them into the ground. I noticed you put Monty Jr. into a not too large pot! If I propagate my plant do I trim the long nodes then cut to propagate? Do you have any advice? I don’t have a transparent jar large enough. With these roots, taking cuttings from a houseplant is a piece of cake. Hi Parul, I would wait. The best time to propagate a monstera plant is in the spring and summer months when it’s actively growing. but I have finally aquired one again but it has been stuck in a way to small pot and is really tall. Hello, I hope so too! Just a stem with a leaf will sit in a glass jar just fine (like cut flowers) but it will not grow roots and will eventually turn yellow and sadly pass (like cut flowers). Fill the water so the aerial root or node is covered. Cut a small notch about one third of the stem's width, just below that root. It’s really for larger, woody plants with chunky stems like fiddle leaf figs and rubber tress, but it works for monsteras too. Is it too late to save him? I bought a cutting and it is doing good. I’m just trying to learn ahead. Hi Jo – there’s only one type of Monstera and they can be grown indoors or out. My another cutting Monstera I put in water last month was died after a week and I do not know why even he had an air root, I put in a little Do you think I used a pot that is too big? I cut a two leaves at a node and placed them in water a few months ago and so far nothing has happened! He is now growing lopsided and is looking very bushy. -All philodendrons are toxic, but I have not had any worries about my cats eating them. I have never propagated a monsterra before and I am a little nervous… I have one branch growing out quite rapidly but it already has quite long roots.. almost a foot, which seems a little difficult to put in a jar with water. Hi Cam, you can but eventually it will be happier in soil and the roots will get out of control in water. There is 1 plant that has 2 big leaves growing from the same point (stem?) So, i removed all of it again and put it in water to develop some roots. Should I water it a lot? The aerial roots may produce roots; As I explained in this article, aerial roots are unlikely to change into ‘proper’ roots. After researching online, i found out that the roots might be rotting and checked for it. Submerging in water can work but the risk of the stems getting moldy is higher when there are no leaves, so sphagnum is probably best. Depends on the size of the cutting and the roots, but you want a pot that won’t squish the roots when it’s planted. I hope that helps! The appearance of aerial roots is a good indicator that your plant is old enough that it should be staked soon. Hi! Remember that ‘node’ is the gardener’s term for a thickened, nub-like area of the stem. Hi Bridget, Keep waiting. I also wanted to add to your comment about the wandering Jew plant. Now I am wondering if this was a bad idea. There should always be baby node, but yes you can cut a stem with one of the roots. What should I do/what’s going wrong? Here’s what I found out: Since Monsteras grow along and up trees, so, primarily in shaded areas, these holes allow sunlight to pass though to the base of the plant for photosynthesis / energy. Good luck! Thank you! I just tried cutting it on its stem… how’s that? You can also use a moss pole to keep a monstera plant upright, but it’s always nice to share the green joy around the house right? You may want to give the cutting a clean trim and make sure only healthy stem remains. Unfortunately the best thing to do is wait! There is some sprouting and a devemoping root at the node. I have a plant where there is only two places where new leaves grow so I’m afraid that then I propagate it will now only have one place where new leaves will grow. What do you think of my odds for success? He just needs some time to recover but should bounce back soon! Allow the soil to dry out s… ... 6 pcs Size S Plant Growing Grafting Rooting Devices Box High Pressure Propagatio. 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