How To Do A Monstera Cutting

You folks love talking about plants, so I’m starting to wonder what I’m doing here! It was essential that I set aside significant space on the site for it because there isn’t enough interior styling content, project updates, or clothing inspiration that I can share with you guys to compare to what occurs when I start talking about plants.

Let’s talk about one of the most fascinating indoor plants to maintain, the split leaf monstera, since substantial space is a concern.

Monsteras prefer indirect light that is moderately bright. Their leaves may become scorched by excessive direct sunlight. Mine is elevated off the ground in a south-facing window of our house to get the most indirect light.

The holes in the plant’s broad, emerald-green leaves are one of its most noticeable symptoms. Hence, the plant’s moniker, “Swiss cheese.” Monsteras grow holes in its leaves to allow more sunlight and rain to reach the remainder of the plant and its roots in their natural environments, which are the tropical jungle floors! However, not every monstera leaf will be punctured. This is a quality that the plant acquires as it gets older.

As they develop, monsteras resemble vines and have a propensity to climb the vertical surfaces surrounding them. Many plant owners enjoy giving them stake as they mature to promote their upward growth. Although I haven’t had to do this yet, as it develops, things could change.

Additionally, there are constantly numerous prospects for new growth because it spreads like a vine. Each new leaf’s end sprouts a new shoot that continues to grow. The vine forms a node after the new leaf emerges. These nodes eventually develop into aerial roots, which the plant uses to cling to and climb vertical surfaces in many, but not all, cases.

Developing a Monstera

My monstera is rather mature and in excellent health, so I have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing cuttings to reproduce. I can either cut a full cutting with 4-5 leaves and nodes on one vine, or I can cut several little cuttings with just 1-2 leaves and nodes. In this specific case, I chose the second course of action.

To avoid contaminating the parent or the cuttings when getting ready to take a cutting, make sure you have a clean knife or pair of sheers and that they are sharp. Before using, carefully wash with soap and water and perhaps even rub with a little rubbing alcohol.

Can a monstera plant be grown from a cutting?

Stem cuttings are the preferred method of monstera propagation. Cuttings from Swiss cheese plants are simple to root. When using cuttings, you can either root them in water first or just bury them in the ground. Cuttings should be made immediately following a leaf node, with the bottom-most leaves removed.

Then, either partially bury the swiss cheese plant cuttings in the soil itself or root them in water for a few weeks before transplanting to a pot. There is no requirement for rooting hormone because they root so readily.

Propagate at the Right Time of Year

The ideal time of year—and perhaps the only time of year—to take cuttings from a Monstera is in the spring.

This is due to the fact that it is emerging from its dormant state from the winter months and beginning its best growing season.

Additionally, it lessens the stress to the mother plant. Propagation can be successful in the early fall, albeit it might go more slowly.

You Can’t Propagate a Monstera Leaf

You cannot develop a new Monstera from a leaf since roots can only sprout from the node and nowhere else on the plant.

I’ve seen some folks who try to reproduce a gigantic, lovely leaf with gorgeous fenestrations, but they simply cut it off at the stem’s base and hope for the best.

It won’t set roots, but it will look lovely in a vase of water. The node must be located; it will resemble an intersection in the stem with a brown bump.

Your Monstera plant might be too young to reproduce if you can’t discover any nodes on it.

After a few weeks, nodes ought to start to emerge if you move it to a more sunny place and increase the humidity a little.

You’ll be on your way to a forest full of magnificent Monsteras if you brush up on my best advice for novice indoor plant maintenance!

Can you plant a monstera cutting straight into the ground?

Many people think that water propagation is the best or even the sole method for growing a new Monstera deliciosa from a cutting. However, a Monstera cutting can be grown in soil without first establishing the roots in water. Both approaches are effective, though many plant owners pick the approach they believe gives the most benefits.

It is simple to grow Monstera deliciosa from seed in soil. Simply take a healthy Monstera cutting with at least one node, and plant it into potting soil with good drainage. By using soil to root Monstera cuttings instead of water, the subsequent step of transferring the rooted cutting into soil is avoided.

People prefer to grow their plants in soil rather than water for a variety of reasons. Some people might discover that employing soil propagation is a simpler process or that their Monstera produces new growth more quickly. Some people have curious cats that won’t leave a water container alone. Additionally, some owners of indoor plants simply want to experiment with new methods of growing this well-liked plant.

Where can I find Monstera cuttings for propagation?

, you should separate each leaf and node on either side of the node/aerial root into independent segments.

The youngest leaf has a node that was still propagation-viable despite not having fully matured (you can kind of see it bumping through).

After you have separated your cuttings, you should remove any outdated sheathing from the leaf stems. When submerged in water for an extended period of time, they can decay and hinder the propagation process.

Your cuttings are now ready to go to their temporary residence. All you need is water and a vessel—I like clear ones.

It’s best to let the cuts to “heal” or dry up a little bit before immersing the cuttings in water. This only takes a little while.

The aerial root can be cut back, but I prefer to leave mine uncut. To make it sit comfortably at the bottom of my vessel, I simply delicately wrap it up.

The remaining stems are then arranged in the vessel, each one being spaced apart to allow for proper root development as well as aesthetic appeal once they are planted in soil. Due to their new root system, there isn’t much room to try to arrange them at that time.

Simply add water to completely cover the roots and ends once they are positioned how you like.

Place it somewhere bright, but not in the sun, and replace the water every three to five days. After roughly 2-3 weeks, roots should start to form!

In addition to new roots, it has also sprouted a huge number of new leaves.

Here is a picture of my very first effort at growing a monstera. I took the above steps, potted the cuttings in soil after around three months, and continued. It has thrived ever since I started watering it once a week!

Your inquiries are addressed:

Yes! Once they are in the proper light and receiving the appropriate amount of water, they are excellent for beginners and very simple to care for.

I plant them in a well-draining pot using ordinary Miracle Grow indoor potting soil. No need for moss or pearls.

Yes, to answer simply. That is a factor in the propagation process. I wouldn’t recommend making excessive or frequent cuts because you run the danger of harming the plant by putting it into shock.

It’s usually time for a new and larger pot when you can see the roots through the dirt or when you notice the growth has significantly halted.

All of my plants receive fertilizer during the growth season (April to September). I will fertilize every other week because I water them all once a week. I prefer liquid fertilizers (plant food) since I can regulate the amount that each plant receives.

In the summer, grocery stores like Kroger or your neighborhood Lowe’s or Home Depot may stock them. It’s always a good idea to check for nearby and online nurseries, such as

Expect no new leaf growth.

Monstera plants cannot develop from a single leaf cutting, unlike certain other plants like Sansevieria (Snake plant) and cactus.

Monstera plants grown without nodes will, regrettably, be unable to produce new leaf growth.

It lacks the tissue needed for cell division and the development of new leaves.

The leaf can survive without a node.

To keep turgid and fresh, the leaf will continue to absorb water by osmosis.

However, it must be situated in the optimal climate to prevent overheating and excessive transpiration, which would cause the leaf to wither.

Can Monstera be grown in water?

Most Monstera growers have experimented with stem propagation in water, but have you ever considered leaving a Monstera deliciosa to grow in water for an extended period of time? What would happen if you kept your Monstera in water indefinitely? The majority of literature on water propagation presupposes that the plant would eventually be transferred to soil.

A Monstera deliciosa can it grow in water? A Monstera deliciosa can grow in water for quite some time, but unless it is finally transplanted to soil, it will never attain its full size or health. A Monstera submerged in water will endure, but it won’t flourish.

I think it is preferable for the plant to eventually be transferred to soil after examining the distinctions between growing plants in water and growing them in soil. Although I wouldn’t want to leave my single Monstera’s health in the hands of a wet environment, running an experiment with propagation and cuttings can be entertaining. There are a few tactics and ideas that can help you along the way if you want to try your hand at growing a Monstera in water.

How long does it take for cuttings of Monstera to take root?

After 3-5 weeks, the roots from your cuttings should start to grow. The new roots should be at least an inch long; this is the primary thing you want to check for. Your cutting is prepared to be planted into a pot once it develops several roots that size.

Can a broken Monstera Leaf be propagated?

I adore how easy it is to spread a Monstera deliciosa. You may quickly fill your space with Monsteras or have a large number of baby plants to give to friends because they grow quickly from cuttings. Although nodes are suggested to be included on stem cuttings for propagation in online instructions, is this really necessary?

Can a Monstera be propagated without an A node? regrettably, no. Without a node, it is impossible to develop a Monstera deliciosa from a cutting. The components required to produce fresh growth are found in nodes. A Monstera leaf can withstand prolonged hydration and even develop roots, but only nodes can support new stem and leaf growth.

It can be tempting to try to grow a Monstera from a leaf, particularly if you accidentally snapped it off and want to try to save the fragment. But regrettably, it will never produce another plant. You will never have anything other than a leaf until the node is included. I’ll define a node in more detail below, along with the reasons cloning your Monstera is essential.

What should you do if a Monstera stem breaks?

Unfortunately, you can’t keep the attached leaves on that stem with it. By making a cut one inch (2,5 cm) above the closest node, you can remove the damaged Monstera stem. At that node, a new growth point will develop, and a new stem with leaves will emerge after a few months.

Put the stem in a vase with water if you don’t want to discard the damaged leaf. This will ensure that you have at least a few months to appreciate the leaf. To keep the leaf fresh, remember to replace the water frequently.

What does a Monstera node that is healthy look like?

Because monsteras are vining plants—defined as any plant with a tendency of growing by trailing or climbing stems, lianas, or runners—they frequently have many nodes.

A monstera node is a site of growth that contains an axillary bud, also known as a lateral bud, which is the latent shoot of a new stem and is situated between the petiole and stem. The axillary bud may be hidden inside the stem or appear as a spherical bump the same color as the stem.

Where Is the Node of a Monstera?

There will always be a node underneath any growth that is (or was) a leaf or stem that split off from the main stem.

Additionally, there will always be a node at the point where the stems split into two petioles or where the aerial roots are visible.

What Do Monstera Nodes Look Like?

A Monstera node’s appearance might vary depending on how developed the stem is.

Monstera nodes are distinctive from the rest of the stem because they bulge, may be thicker than the internodes, and feature light green circular rings.

Why Is My Monstera Growing Nodes?

Because it is a vining plant that develops growth from numerous areas on a single stem, Monstera plants typically have numerous nodes.

You may control the development of your Monstera by pruning or propagating as the plant’s nodes are where growth begins.

You can prune above the node to promote new growth in a particular location. The node on the portion of the stem that is still connected to your plant must be left in place.

However, you can grow your Monstera from a cutting that has a node if you wish to produce a new plant. To maintain the node with the new cutting, you would make the cut a few inches below the node.

Why Doesn’t My Monstera Have a Node?

Because it hasn’t developed far enough, a young or juvenile Monstera plant may not have any nodes yet.

For instance, your Monstera plant might not yet be mature enough to be propagated through cuttings if its leaves are emerging directly from the earth.

Can You Propagate Monstera Without Node?

Because a Monstera cutting without a node cannot develop into a full plant because it requires a node for it, you cannot propagate a Monstera without a node. Since the node contains all the cells required for this growth development, it can never create new stems or leaves.

Without a node, a Monstera cutting will simply produce roots. When kept in water for two to three weeks, it will begin to root.

Did you realize? A Monstera leaf cutting doesn’t need a node to live. But don’t anticipate any fresh leaf growth.

Can I Propagate a Monstera Node Without Leaf?

The Monstera plant can develop into a full-sized plant as long as a node is present.

So it is feasible to create a new Monstera plant from a leafless node cutting and propagate a Monstera in this way.

When purchasing a cutting, especially one from a variegated species like Monstera Albo or Monstera Thai Constellation, you may come across vendors giving stem segments with only one node (no leaves and few or no roots). They are offered for sale as “wet sticks,” “stem cutting,” and “node cutting.”

Because the plant produces leafless stolons or runners with nodes, Monstera Obliqua, Monstera Siltepecana, and Monstera Acuminate are the three species for which stem cuttings are sold.

Without leaf removal, a Monstera node typically measures 3 to 4 inches long and has one node in the center of the stem.

These Monstera wet sticks are significantly simpler to send than a leaf cutting and typically arrive packaged in moist sphagnum moss. Additionally, they are intended to be less expensive than purchasing a rooted Monstera or even a leafy cutting.

Did you realize? A cutting with one or more leaves and perhaps an aerial root can be multiplied faster than a Monstera node without a leaf. This is due to the fact that a leaf usually promotes growth by giving the plant extra energy through photosynthesis. The new bud might not emerge from the node for at least a month.

Should I Buy a Monstera Stem Node?

Here are some tips for picking a Monstera node cutting:

  • Purchase only from reputable sellers. You can browse testimonials from previous customers (reviews and ratings). Because it lacks a leaf, it is impossible to determine the species, cultivar, or variation that the dealer is offering.
  • When purchasing a variegated Monstera, look closely at the stem node for streaks and other indications of the pattern. You can never be absolutely certain if it will result in a variegated plant, though, as this is not usually the case. You can look for traces of variegation on the leaf when purchasing a leaf cutting.
  • Look for a node cutting that has aerial roots developing from it that are as least a couple inches long. This will show you that the node is healthy and capable of producing new growth.
  • A rooted cutting will also be a safer choice (i.e. a stem cutting that already has roots).
  • There shouldn’t be any rot-indicating black or mushy areas on the stem cutting.

How Do You Know If You Have a Spent Node?

Last but not least, you’ll undoubtedly want to prevent the pain of attempting to propagate a Monstera with a node cutting, only to learn days or weeks later that there’s no prospect of generating any growth out of that cutting… so let’s talk about spent nodes.

A spent node is a plant cutting from the Monstera genus that has already grown from its axillary bud and then had that growth stopped.

A healthy, green axillary bud will be visible. It might even have started to produce fresh leaf growth at this point.

However, spent buds generally have brownish ends, as if they had previously expanded but had had that growth stopped. The plant cannot develop further because the axillary bud has already been consumed.

Each node on monstera plants only has one axillary bud. This indicates that each node gets a single opportunity to produce new growth. A Monstera stem with a spent node is present when an axillary bud has reached its full potential.