I want to propagate my split leaf, but I can’t really tell if it has aerial roots on the stems so I’m worried about cutting a piece off. Hi Parul, I would wait. Hi Tyler, I do specify that air layering needs to be done on the plant itself until roots form, but I appreciate your feedback! Looks like large scorch marks on leaves. any ideas as to what I’m doing wrong? My cat chewed on a leaf of my monstera once.. and she hasn’t chewed on another plant in th house since.. and I am an avid aroid lover and am always on the hunt for plants to add to my collection, so I have aroids absolutely everywhere in my apartment. Hi, Does the plant only have one leaf? 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. If your monstera has lots of other leaves, you will be fine cutting it off, but I would leave it and let it grow if it’s a younger plant. I am so excited to propagate mine and have been carefully monitoring the growth of the senior and junior plants of a friend who propagated hers. I’ve found no great advice from my local nurseries. It does – and cutting back will help it produce another branch, just be sure not to cut it if it’s too young. Keep out of direct sunlight, and place in a medium lit, warm spot away from all drafts. 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. Should I dig him out and put him in a pot? If I move it to soil how wet do i keep it and is a West or East window (1 ft from the window) best? Hi Jo – there’s only one type of Monstera and they can be grown indoors or out. Do you know how long it would take for a new leaf to grow once the cutting is potted? Are they like Pothos where they grow a new “branch” right at the node before the cut? Is it possible to directly place into a new pot and potting mixture? Once I got it home I mixed up some root starter and placed it in that for a few days then switched it to fresh water. Hi Candy – you’ll need a little black node on the stem, that’s where the roots grow from. 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. I’m so worried I will kill it and waste the cutting. I have this well rooted cutting ready to put into the soil. My question is, how do I know when the cuttings are rooted enough to be transferred to soil? You mentioned it that winter time will probably don’t works but here in Italy we are in south we have nice weather always sunny just nice not so cold.. As Monty grew as wide as a boat, that gave me incentive to cancel his dietician and fitness coach and do everyone a favor and prune. Hi Pam, Cutting a piece that includes the node (the little nub in the photos above) is the crucial part in propagating. So, it seems to be happy. It depends on the size of the cutting and roots generally, Shannon. To answer your questions: 1) Monsteras are topical and will die below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so I recommend putting outdoors in spring/summer/fall and bringing in during winter only. Do you think it will damage any stems below the compost level by forcing it more upright over a period of time? 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 have a monstera growing vertically with single thick stem. I gathered some tools and started by chopping off one giant stem and chose the rooting method. . 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. Well 1 is looking happy. If placed in a bright location, monsteras grow very quick! The goal was taller, rather than wide. You can post one on Leaf and Paw’s facebook page and I’d be happy to take a look! Choose a stem cutting with several nodes or leaves. Hello! It’s a fully developed plant with roots so I will remove the whole thing. You may have an issue, but it’s hard to tell without a photo (feel free to send one to Facebook). Good luck! I recommend getting a moisture meter so you don’t overwater, which can kill a young plant. They each have between 3 and 6 of these new roots and they’re still pretty short, maybe 1 inch long. Is it possible to plant a stem and node directly into soil, or is it better to start in water? I noticed that the cover of the aerial root was not in the greatest shape though and i could easily take it off and expose the inner root. Thanks for your advice! They eventually grow and make the plant look fuller and bushier, you may need to take it to get it to grow in a different direction. Mine is brown too, I’m a bit worry. I hope so too! I had to move it to soil and it popped out leaves immediately. Hi Margo, is the leaf going yellow or the stem? The tree’s growing out of the driveway, and it doesn’t get a lot of water *and* is in a generally unloved area, so I’d love to propagate 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. It came with a leaf node and an aerial root. When do you add fertiliser and repotting it? Either way you should be able to save the pieces you have. Don’t overwater either, just keep the soil moist. Instead you can gently plant them in the soil – that will help the plant get extra water and nutrients. I would fertilize it in a few months once it’s acclimated to the pot. Check out L&P’s other propagation posts, too, on propagating Watermelon Peperomia and Rubber Trees. I felt it was sitting to high. Hi Anna, I’ve done both. Feel free to reach out on facebook if you need help or want to send pics. If not buy it from a store. The stem is supported around a coconut fiber pole. Feel free to share photos on L&P’s facebook page if you need more help. Choose a medium between soil and water. We’re lucky enough to be able to grow monsteras outside in Northland, NZ. I see that your beautiful feline is in a lot of pictures with your monstera. 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! Nope, it does not hurt the mother plant at all, it actually helps! I cut all the mushy roots , brushed it with soap and water, then hydrogen peroxide, put it back in filtered water. Take a stem cutting. Just a leaf and stem. Feel free to post them on leafandpaw’s facebook page and I’d be happy to offer more help! Then I went out of town for 18 days. I went to the hospital for a very long time and all my plants died. Also, you can try asking those local nurseries if there is a way to order one for you, usually they buy bulk plants from a larger tropics company who will sell them. As far as planting, I potted him in clean moist soil (see the shop page for the soil I like to use) and I used whatever I could to keep him upright – like a stick and twist ties. Share this post! Could you tell me about this if you know. Put the cutting in water or soil and place the container in a warm and brightly lit place. Good luck! Your monstera sounds a bit too young to propagate, usually you need a few stems on a plant or else you may end up doing some damage and it may not recover. I would let the roots sit in a glass water jar and just see if something happens. Hi Alexandra, how many leaves are on the cutting? It arrived in great shape, stem was round, no leafs on stem, just stem but fully rooted. I’d say once every couple weeks would be fine. Thanks! © 2021 Leaf and Paw. These leaves will grow whilst the plant is very young and only a matter of a few inches tall, although they do not produce the slits until it matures more. My second question: Do you have a particular potting mix for Monstera that you recommend? Hi Diane, I do not have problems with my cats eating any toxic plants including my Monstera, which is why I have (slowly) incorporated them into my collection. *desperately looking for suggestions / help to revive my plant. Any way to get the leaves bigger? Thank you for asking and sharing! I decided it was time to give him a hair cut, thus began my Pinterest search for tips on propogating (because who wouldn’t want more Montys running around!!!!). Sounds like he’s thirsty, and if your house is hot and not humid, he is probably very unhappy, hot and thirsty. Hi! Thank you. 1) Caring for the seeds: Getting Monstera Deliciosa seeds to germinate is actually the easy part, the hard part is getting the seeds fresh and healthy. In nature, they grow in the understory of the jungle. I bought a medium sized Monstera, with one main stem and several leaves coming off it. So much for outlining this so clearly, can’t wait to do mine, which appears to be a distant cousin of Monte’s…, I love your cat! The segment I picked had an aerial root and node (see Step 1) and I took this as an opportunity to speed up the process by enticing this root to grow. Thank you Thank you for your great article! Hi Jessi! Thanksss! Does pruning encourage a bushier/more full momma plant? Hi, in this paragraph”keep in mind, I performed this surgery in mid summer…”, the image shows some brown ‘leaves’ on the bottom of stem, is this alright with the plant? I adopted my Charlie as he was unwanted. Good luck! Hi Janelle! 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. I know some people also plant a couple smaller monsteras in one pot to give an illusion of a larger plant. Hi Melissa! I purchased a cutting with small nod about an inch or so it’s my first one to propagate! Hi thanks for the post. The aerial root by the node where I want to make a cut is rather long. And just now, I was rinsing the root gently and found that the outer layer had gone all soft. Thanks for this helpful post I am a bit confused from the photos and couldn’t find this question among the sea of comments… should the node itself be submerged in water or just the green stem part? Hi Narelle, It should. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to propagate a leaf that came off while I was repotting my monstera today? Hi Catherine! thanks. I have 2 roots that are outside the plant about 1 1/2” long what should I do with them? Cut the stem clean off where the incision once was and pot away. Looking at Monty it looks like there’s a lot of different ‘stems’ in the same pot. is there any hope? It isn’t dying but it isn’t getting roots either. The rarer varieties (such as the variegated deliciosa) are still expensive and hard to come by. Be a good person and don’t disturb them. They have an odd way of growing away from light, instead reaching towards dark areas in search of something to climb on. Monsteras need some humidity or they will brown and wilt, no matter how much you water it. My plant was doing really well and kept growing new leaves out of its topmost/youngest leave. Hi Bunny! I hope he’s ok. I’ll be on the lookout for new roots.. My monstera water propagation roots habe suddenly turned brown!! As far as the root rot, it’s tricky. It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m happy to say that the new roots are from 1 – 3 inches long. We have coldish (0 F), dry winters and dryish summers, and it can get really hot in the sun. Thanks! An aerial root, which would became the plant’s backbone securing it in the soil grew roots and that small node (remember that little nub?) Thank you! Lighting can be an issue, I always keep cuttings in bright indirect light and at a warm temperature. . Id hate to lose it . See above for the full roots that formed – cool right? Moved plant thinking maybe it got a hot shot of sun, now omg. There a few key steps to follow for propagating Monstera deliciosa: To successfully grow a cutting taken from the plant you need to ensure you include part of the stem. New leaves have unfurled at the tips, all old leaf branches that were trimmed are dying off and leaving giant bull’s eyes on the trunks. Hi Kate, Should I water it a lot? Propagating plants is a fun and inexpensive way to grow my houseplant collection! How many leaves are on it? I put it in damp sphagnum moss in a ziplock bag. I have propagated pothos, snake plant and succulents before but I have never heard of air layering could you explain a little more of what the steps are and why it’s done? This little nub is key and will be the ONLY way you can propagate as it turns into a root. With three new roots, I’m thinking a 6″ pot should be good and yes, after 2 months it should be ok to pot up! Feel free to post photos of your Monstera (either here or on leafandpaw’s Facebook page) and I’d be happy to give you more help! I hope that helps! I would love to keep it in the garden and. Don’t do any extra trimming or pruning until a few weeks have gone by so they can get accustomed to their (much better) home. Okay, so I live in Kauai and there are beautiful monsteras all over the island. It is a fantastic way to share them with my family and friends. In dividing up my monstera, I ended up with some roots. Take the Monstera out of the soil and discard it. The aerial roots will grow into the moss and anchor your monstera as it soars. Any idea how I can encourage him to grow bushier? What should I do with this stem? Should the cuttings get the same amount of light as the parent Monstera, or more / less? The leaves will be small for a bit until the cutting becomes established. ), has outgrown himself in a matter of 2 months! What do you think? or I should go above or below the previously cut stem (stem with node) ? Hi Debbie – you won’t be able to propagate from just a leaf and stem. It can, but it will be a lot happier in soil in the end. Will the cutting root if I snip off a bit of the aerial root to fit it in a glass jar? Standard liquid plant fertilizer can be applied about once a month … Your email address will not be published. We just acquired a set of corten steel monstera leaves as a garden sculpture. Well, today I am going to teach you how to propagate your Monstera Deliciosa in just 5 easy steps! I would definitely wait to propagate it until it has healthy growth. Hi my mo stera doesnt have any node or aerial root. Unfortunately, my new puppy found a liking to the plant and decided to eat the three youngest leaves off the plant. It worked beautifully! If I want a more bushy version vs one that will need to be staked in order to keep it from laying across my desk, will cutting the stem back cause the mother plant to produce more than one new branch? I soaked it in a 50/50 Peroxide/water mix for 20 minutes, let it air dry then soaked in Superthrive as per the directions. The easiest way to propagate a Monstera cutting is to simply place it in water. Feel free to reach out again if you need more help! Can I cut it below the stem and with the long aerial root? Also be sure the vase doesn’t have too much water – it should just cover the node. Cutting, shaping, any kind of trimming plants in any fashion is terrifying. Good luck! I just brought a little monsterina cutting from work and looking forward to see what happens. Feel free to send pics to my facebook page too! Hi I have a monstera plant and a ball got thrown and hit a stem and it broke off but right down the bottom where connecting to the main stem is there hope if I put this stem with a leaf in water it might grow roots? Can I have a cutting, too? Make sure the water is clean and the cutting includes a healthy root, then place it in a bright room that receives day sun. A Monstera is a perfect plant to grow in Leca, because it's quite sensitive to overwatering and Leca helps you to avoid overwatering your plants. But what happens to the mother plant (Monty)? Some aerial roots are helpful but not essential. I may be confused by your question – so feel free to shoot me a DM on Instagram with a pic – and I should be able to help better. Hi Alina – that’s a tradescantia zebrina, or Wandering Jew. Try rooting in water instead. What do you think of my odds for success? Propagating Mona my Monstera for the first time using your technique. Hi Mary Ann! Without seeing photos I can’t be sure, but I’m thinking you may need to wait a bit longer. Hi is the node you’re talking about the couple cm long little black bit sticking out in your pictures? I’ve tried a moss pole but it didn’t work as the stems were too far away from it. 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. 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. The best way to keep a Monstera Deliciosa growing upright is to stake it using a support such as a moss pole, trellis, or garden stakes. Pin this pinnable pin, please. Do you have any advice? Any suggestions will help greatly. Your email address will not be published. Spanish moss is part of the air plant family and will not hold moisture or function like sphagnum moss (which is an actual moss) will. Hi, Not sure what to do as I do not see any more baby nodes. And i didn’t know if I should plant it right in soil or put in water? Hi! But included Fruit and New Leaf. What should I do/what’s going wrong? It has 3 roots growing off if it. But I would not cut it. I know a lot of people have trouble finding Monsteras, so I often recommend just purchasing a small or medium-size plant over the internet to get them started. I would repot first, then once he is acclimated to his new house, you should be able to propagate. It should finish in just about a month. Surprised if I have 4 leafs left. I have 3 truly monstrous sized outdoor cuttings from a 25 year old “Monty”. They produce new leaves even though it is February and nature is dead inside. Or would I achieve this by pruning it to force new growth? Or did it just dry up? I have had mine for days and it’s not happy, brown leaves and drooping. Use firm tip growth with at least two leaves around 10–12cm long Place them in a 130mm pot with seed and cutting mix, or 50:50 peat and coarse propagating sand or perlite. I would leave as much of the leaves as you can, but once they turn brown they should be cut off. I’m looking to propagate my monstera plant as it seemed to be root bound and have stopped growing. Two to three leaves are fine, but remove any additional. I’d wait 6 months or so until more stems appear. I’m in desperate need of help. As far as getting them to root, the stems won’t be enough – they’ll need a node which turns into the roots. Hi! They all seem very old with big beaches and stems (some branches are brown and woody-ish). What should I do?! If you do decide to prune, wait until it gets a tad warmer, like 70 degrees or so, since he’ll be able to recover better. Can I propagate it again on the same spot? Pam. He just needs some time to recover but should bounce back soon! I have a Monstera that is about 10′ tall. After they start to get bigger, leaves seem to pop out faster. If it is just a stem it will look nice in water in a vase, but it will not grow roots. Definitely the most reassuring and easiest to follow. If there were any extra leaves, this would be the time to remove them. Then you can cut right below those roots and repot the plant! I did not take any of the stem where the leaves were branching off, however I did take an aerial root and a node. They are not in the window but near it. I’m in need of some advise too. I am new to monsteras, and this definitely has me worried. but lots of aerial roots popping out and starting to fill the glass jar. To my HORROR, one of the aerial roots snapped off while I was putting one into the jar. Hi Sharon, I’m so sorry! That’s amazing! It looks kind of like kind of like a plant pimple, and is located at a petiole intersection. I hope this makes sense . Cuttings like this are very delicate. I recently tried to propagate a cutting from a monstera and it was super happy when in a jar of water. I would water once a week and keep it in these conditions – if the stem dies there is still a chance of survival, but it is very dependent on how well you care for it. Hello Please help. I have a swis cheese plant too and I am currently propagating two more from that one. I’m not quite sure what to do with it, or if I can even get a plant from this piece of root. I took 3-5 foot plant from my club house pool. Monstera deliciosa can be propagated easily via leaf bud cuttings. When is a good time for this leaf with roots to be planted into soil? 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 I got a cutting about two months ago and put it in the jar per your instructions. Thanks for the Great Information. 2)You should be fine, as it sounds like a very mature and healthy plant. Sometimes it’s common to see a few turn yellow. Plants (like people) grow and grow, but they don’t (like people) always grow the way you want them to. In your experience, do you think I could still see results? There are a couple ways you can propagate a Monstera deliciosa, also called a Swiss Cheese Plant. Please assist. But I don’t know if this is an appropriate living environment for a monstera. You want moist but not dry or sopping soil. Hi! The best part – more Montys! It is also a popular houseplant. You or she can send a photo to my Instagram and I’d be happy to take a look! I have a node that I put and water and it now has roots. Yes, pruning does encourage more growth and depending on where you prune you may end up with a more compact plant, but it really depends on where you take the cuttings. Hi there! In couple months, you’ll notice large roots have begin to grow on the plant in the moss package. Just kidding, but I’m looking for one if you find another! Below is a new node developing on Monty Jr – it doesn’t take long! My Monstera is very happy – 5 feet tall, huge leaves with 20 cuts, a new leaf every month lately – but only a single stem. Can this plant be propagated by a cut off leaf and put in water? Thank for these very helpful instructions! You can follow my wetstick overview in this post – that should help! Thank you. thanks for the great instructions. , Hi!! For your variegated Monstera deliciosa, find the brightest window you can but keep direct sunlight to a minimum. He does sound happy! He still leans a bit to one side and is still the best cat-hiding spot in the house. I’m just trying to learn ahead. Once they sprout, you can transplant them wherever you want. I have had one of these guys in my garden outside for over 2 years now it’s under the pagola and has shadcloth also but it starting growing sideways from the beginning and has never really taken off. Monty, my Monstera, became just too big in seven short months. Thank you! Hi Alise! I suspect my plant might not be getting enough light, triggering the weird growth pattern (it’s been reaching out vertically), but I’m trying to correct that. Congrats Megan! Smaller/younger monsteras grow very slow, so it makes sense that only one leaf is appearing at a time. please help! Plus you can propagate the cuttings. Do monsteras only grow one leaf at a time or is there a way to encourage more growth? I *love* your advice–I live in South Africa, which loves its Monsteras, and my boyfriend’s got a huge one mysteriously growing up and around the stem of a giant jacaranda tree. 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