It has allowed me to fill the house with even more beautiful greenery and it’s given a new lease of life to the older plant. Any idea how I can encourage him to grow bushier? Hi! Also, is it best to propagate this in water, or just plant it straight away? You want moist but not dry or sopping soil. The stem is supported around a coconut fiber pole. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thank you. I would definitely wait to propagate it until it has healthy growth. Sure you can send me a photo on IG or facebook, but the aerial roots or nodes will look like little nubs. They produce new leaves even though it is February and nature is dead inside. Can you tell me what is the plant with the purple leaves from the picture you posted above called? I cut off a fifth stem with one healthy root and two leaves and put it straight into a new pot with new compost. You can just place into soil or you can trim the roots and place it into water. 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. (Or get a cutting from theirs), That is such a lovely idea, you could do a plant swap! 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. Because of their age and size, they should be putting out aerial roots that will help anchor them into the ground. Thank you so much! In order to get a full looking plant, should I plant 2 or three separate cuttings in one pot (after rooted in water for a few months,) or should I rather limit the planting to one cutting per pot? Can you give some more instructions about potting? It will continue to grow and might look funny for a while, but it will fill out eventually. Mine are in an east window so they get a decent amount of sunlight a day. I can’t tell without pictures, but I’m thinking you have some kind of rot going on. After repotting, he only became happier and unfurled another four leaves in a few weeks. Hope that helps! Thanks again!!! The new roots are about 1.5 inches long now and I feel like it’s time to put into a pot. After a week a lot of white spots appeared on the remaining roots. When do you add fertiliser and repotting it? Hi Emily – you are too lucky to live in a place with wild monsteras! I bought a cutting and it is doing good. If it is just a stem it will look nice in water in a vase, but it will not grow roots. What I am wondering is is there a way to prune them so that they get more bushy and the stems then produce even more leaves lower on the plant? Hey! Hi, I have a very large monstera mostly without leaves, I have chopped it into pieces about 6 inches long with a few round white rings, will they grow if fully submerged in water please? I’m right, right? I’m thoroughly enjoying bringing more greenery into my home and slowly nurturing something. Hi! If you have plant munchers, keep monsteras out of reach. 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! I’ve been letting it sit in water since then and have some new roots! If it’s the water, I would suggest using rainwater and you should see an improvement. Otherwise you should be fine cutting it, as long as you take a piece/stem that has a few nodes as well. Want to propagate your monster Monstera? I have two questions: 1. Keep the moss damp to help provide moisture and nutrients to the monstera aerial roots. Hi Samantha, all hope may not be lost! I got a clipping of a monstera plant, it’s nodes are soooo long. Hi I recently took 5 cuttings with the nodes, but put them directly in soil. It isn’t dying but it isn’t getting roots either. Some leaves turning yellow now. And just now, I was rinsing the root gently and found that the outer layer had gone all soft. I saw that you plant did that too and so is there anything I should do? Should I take them out of the soil and put them all in water until they root? I’m happy to send you some suggestions! I have 2 Monstera Cutting from my friend. If I’m picturing how your cutting looks (feel free to post a pic) a node should pop up and develop. Do you have any advice? As long as the node is firm you should be fine, but it there is a funky smell or is it’s mushy and very soft to the touch, you may have a rotted cutting and it may not be salvageable. I currently have a monstera adasonii with no leaves, just a trunk and a few roots. *desperately looking for suggestions / help to revive my plant. My question is why is my plant leaning towards one side? Hi read Danas post about a variegated Monstera don’t know if this is appropriate or not, if you or her get any starts I would be interested in buying one. Be sure they’re in bright sun and in a warm location. Cate has been named one of London’s best interior bloggers (Vuelio 2018 & 2019 and Ideal Home magazine) and has been featured in The Times, Grazia, House Beautiful, Enki magazine, Elle Decoration Denmark and Apartment Therapy. What do I do? Hi Abby! The new roots are about a half an inch. Those stems will look great in a vase though! Make sure your cutting is in a bright location without direct sun, and also some place warm. Anastasia – We bought a Monstera Delicious like a month ago. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! To propagate a Monstera, keep in mind the following steps: Get a stem cutting with a few leaves and nodes or aerial roots. Tie a piece of string around it to secure it in place, then enclose this in a … Good luck! Hi Bridget, Keep waiting. 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. After Monty Jr. worked out so well, Monty Jr. II (yes, that reads Monty Junior the Second) was cut off Monty the same way, but this time wrapped in moss on Monty rather than placed in water. When I did propagating in the past, sometimes the cutting ends up moldy or shrivels – resulting in so many bad emotions. I have them now in soil because they do have a big woody root system going even though the plants look terrible. You should see some pure white roots sprouting from the older ones, and that’s a good sign. If so, let it dry out and make note of how many days pass until it’s dry. Good luck! Hi! Monsteras need some humidity or they will brown and wilt, no matter how much you water it. Yes that is the node. But also two leaves are starting to yellow. A plant should never stop growing and it definitely sounds pot bound. Hi Maura, You won’t be able to propagate it, but it will look lovely in a vase for a few weeks! It is too big to stick in water. 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. Keep them in a humid and bright location and they should show a new leaf in 2-4 months after planting. But I don’t know if this is an appropriate living environment for a monstera. I put it in water but now after reading online I am super afraid it won’t do anything, and I am not sure I can ask for another one…. Seeing any root development is a good sign. It’s so satisfying seeing a plant thrive and evolve, rather than wither and die just by looking at it. Good luck! 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? Keep in mind, I performed this surgery in mid-summer, so promptly placing Monty Jr in my humid, sunny, screened porch was I-D-E-A-L. And honestly, I would not attempt this in winter anyway, since plants become somewhat dormant and hibernate-y. Inspiration worth following: four Instagrammers to follow, Grazia magazine, April 2019 You should still be fine. Sign up for our newsletter for even more leaves and paws in your inbox. Will it live? I have a monstera growing vertically with single thick stem. That coloring could be normal, new roots are typically white but it’s probably not root rot. Hi Elizabeth! Sometimes I give the leaves a wipe if they’re looking a bit dusty. If you want to take it out still, yes, be careful removing the entire plant and roots. I did not take any of the stem where the leaves were branching off, however I did take an aerial root and a node. Thank you. I had to move it to soil and it popped out leaves immediately. Hi Sharon, I’m so sorry! Yes, that it totally ok. 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. They are developing new roots, but they’re thick almost like the aerial roots. Instead, cut a healthy Monstera stem/leaf below a node. I have Monstera growing in abundance outside can I try propagate this or are there different types of Monty’s (indoor/outdoor)? I have just started trying this in water and the leaves are turning yellow on some. Monty, my Monstera, became just too big in seven short months. Did Monty find his way to grow new leaves where you cut him? I’ve tried a moss pole but it didn’t work as the stems were too far away from it. 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. I really appreciate it! I have succeed in propagating my monstera last year. I hope that helps! 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. Hi Leaf and Paw! I’ve been thinking about propagating my monstera but I wonder – what will happen to the mother-plant? Remember be patient – propagating can be a slow process but the rewards are so worth it. I don’t have a transparent jar large enough. Where will the roots come from? I’m a little nervous about it though. copyright © 2020 cate st hill. Feel free to use photo but please credit it back to leafandpaw.com, stated somewhere visible. I have a Monstera that is about 10′ tall. I selected a chunk on Monty that not only had two stems, also called petioles, but also had at least two leaves, too. Hi Melissa! is it going to make it? A NOTE ON AERIAL ROOTS: as visually weird as they might be, aerial roots on more mature monsteras should really be put to use and either fed back into the soil, into a moss pole, or in a vessel containing water. Hi Natalia, it could be a few things, but it sounds like improper watering. Yes, you can send photos (to my facebook page or L&P email), which will help me help you on what to do next. The less leaves on a cutting, the slower they form new ones. Great article, I’m just wondering if you use rooting hormone? I didn’t really know where to start with any of that, so I just used some compost from the garden, but anything that gives your cutting the best start is a good idea. 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?) Cuttings like this are very delicate. And I know wandering jews can be considered toxic, but I reached out to Cornell University and they confirmed it is safe for pets, it just can’t be consumed in excess. Caro and Rose from my favourite book ‘The House of Plants’ suggest using a compost with coir to retain moisture and rock dust and worm castings for essential minerals. How many leaves are on it? 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. I have both of mine at work and they both get a lot of indirect bright light from a south facing window. Thanks for your advice! Hello!! Monty is beautiful! It can! A new leaf should pop up in it’s place, but it may take time. The aerial root by the node where I want to make a cut is rather long. Thanks for the helpful info. If it’s an older monstera the yellowing is normal, but there should be healthy growth starting. I would do bottled water and you’ll want to submerge the node and aerial root, leave the leaves and most of the stem above water, the roots are really what need to be in water. Hi, Watering depends on lighting and current season, so I would keep him in bright light and start watering once a week but check the soil every day. Your advice is much appreciated. This method is basically the same as rooting a monstera cutting in water. Like I might have mentioned,mine was growing fast..then I saw that the bottom 2" of stem was gone!..it was all now growing on maybe at the time 3 aerial roots that lucky enough had touched ground. It indeed was rotting and i had to remove most/all of the rot and repot in fresh soil again. Commonly, Monstera is spread by stem cuttings.Monstera deliciosa or Swiss cheese plant cuttings are easy to root.For cuttings, you can root them first in water. Then I went out of town for 18 days. My love for all Monsteras is far and wide so I decided to strategically prune Monty to propagate him. They are so gorgeous plants and surely want to become their mommy! . In couple months, you’ll notice large roots have begin to grow on the plant in the moss package. Please help! As I said the propagation part was easy as pie! My biggest (30+ year) plant that I received as a gift only has lava rock in it, but I’m somehow unsure if that would be too much for the newly rooted plants…. 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? Good luck! I adopted my Charlie as he was unwanted. Nope, it does not hurt the mother plant at all, it actually helps! The appearance of aerial roots is a good indicator that your plant is old enough that it should be staked soon. And how can I cut it at the base and put it a... 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