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How to Propagate Monstera Deliciosa

04-Oct-2020

Monstera Deliciosa grow extremely quickly which means you may want to trim them from time to time to keep them in check and prevent them from growing out of control. Instead of the plant you cut off going to waste, you can easily propagate the cuttings and enjoy even more new plants.

It’s surprisingly easy to propagate Monstera Deliciosa so you could find yourself enjoying even more new plants in no time. 

We have compiled a complete guide to help you propagate your Monstera Deliciosa successfully. 

Which parts of Monstera Deliciosa can be propagated?

It can be tempting to try and propagate your plants using just a leaf but this is not possible. However, Monstera can easily be propagated using stem cuttings. When you’re choosing a stem to cut from your plant, you should look for sections that include one node. 

The nodes are the brownish circular rings on the plant’s stem where leaves used to be. This is where the new leaves and roots will form so it’s important for your cutting to have these. Each node will support one leaf and multiple roots. 

There are several parts of the plant which cannot be propagated including:

One you’ve found a node, you can start the process. 

Step 1: Snip the stem 

Using a pair of sharp sheers or scissors, snip the stem you have chosen which should include the aerial root or node and leaves. Once you’ve taken the cutting, give it a quick rinse with water. 

Step 2: Place the cutting in water 

Once your cutting is separated from the main plant, place it into a container with some clean water. You might need to provide fresh water every now and again to give the plant the best chance of surviving. We recommend using a clear or glass container so that you can check on your cutting’s progress. 

After a while, you will start to see your cutting sprouting roots once you start to see this, a couple of months after putting your plant in water, it should be ready to be planted. 

Step 3: Potting medium 

Once your cutting is ready to plant, you’ll need to choose a potting medium. Make sure you use a light, free draining potting mix. 

How to help your Monstera Deliciosa cutting establish more quickly

We find that some cuttings take straight away when we propagate them and others take a little longer or never develop. While you may just have a cutting that doesn’t want to grow on it’s own, there are certain steps you can take increase your chances of success when propagating a Monstera Deliciosa cutting. 

Monstera cuttings are extremely tolerant of their growing medium, position and growing conditions but you can tweak a few factors to help your cuttings on their way. 

Time of year - whilst it’s possible to take cuttings from Monstera in the winter, bear in mind that this is the plant’s dormant period. So, if you take and propagate cuttings during this period, they will be slower to get started 

Time frame - some cuttings root straight away but others might enter into a dormancy period. If you find your cutting isn’t sprouting straight away, give it until the spring as this can sometimes kick-start the cutting’s growth. 

Light and warmth - Monstera cuttings like warmth and brightness so they’ll thrive best on a warm and bright windowsill. 

Moisture - once your plants have been planted in soil, you will need to keep them moist but make sure they’re not wet all the time. Put your finger into the soil once a week and, if dry, provide your plant with a little bit of water. 

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