, 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After you have separated your cuttings, you should remove any outdated sheathing from the leaf stems.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
Where should I cut Monstera so that it can grow in water?
You must locate a node in order to cut a Monstera. Somewhere in the bottom two-thirds of the stem will be a node.
There is typically a swelling hump, and occasionally an aerial root is just beginning to emerge from it (looks like a little brown bump).
Another simple way to locate a node is in the “intersection” of two stems, which is where nodes typically appear.
Slice off a piece of skin 2 inches below the node using very sharp scissors, shears, or a box cutter.
Remove any more stems or sheathing from growing leaves after collecting your trimming.
In order to avoid additional rotting, you should aim for one long stem and avoid any extra foliage.
Can Monstera be grown from seed directly in 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.
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 you submerge aerial roots of Monstera in water?
I’ve seen several sources advise you to put a bowl of water in the planter for your Monster deliciosa and trail its aerial roots in there. According to the theory, this is because aerial roots may actually absorb moisture. However, submerging them in water nonstop won’t likely accomplish much more than cause them to deteriorate and perhaps put your plant in risk.
However, you can frequently spray the aerial roots of your Monstera. Again, there is no scientific evidence that this makes a significant difference, but it won’t hurt. In addition, since these tropical plants prefer their surroundings to be moist, make sure the air humidity is not too low.
Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any additional queries regarding Monstera aerial roots or if you would want to discuss your own interactions with these magnificent tropical houseplants.
Can You Propagate a Leaf Without a Node?
Simply put, no. For your cutting to produce new leaves, it MUST have a node.
You’ve certainly drooled over stunning images of a single monstera leaf in a lovely glass vase of clear water on Instagram and in home décor magazines.
The bad news is that even while a leaf without a node might develop some roots, it will still only be a leaf with roots. It won’t develop into a new monstera plant with stalks or additional leaves. There will never be more than one leaf.
The node is essential for propagation since it stores all of the genetic data required to develop a new plant.
Do All Monstera Leaves Have Nodes?
Nodes are little bumps that develop on the side of your monstera’s stem that is not covered by a leaf, not even on the stems of the leaves.
Your monstera’s vine develops nodes. In fact, because it hasn’t matured sufficiently, a young monstera may not have any nodes yet. Your monstera may not yet be mature enough to propagate from cuttings if it appears as though leaves are sprouting directly out of the soil. (However, if it’s big enough, you might be able to propagate it using separation!)
Most of your plant’s leaves will be accompanied by a node on the other side of the stem once it begins to vine.
Can You Propagate Leafless Nodes?
So, while you CANNOT propagate a node without a leaf, you CAN propagate a leaf without a node!
Online vendors may provide leafless, unrooted nodes for sale. But the success rate won’t be as high as when you propagate cuttings with one or two leaves.
Can Monstera survive forever in the water?
Monstera plants, for example, can live in water indefinitely; just make sure to change the water if it becomes cloudy, and you may occasionally top it up with diluted hydroponic fertilizer to replace the nutrients it would normally get from soil. Additionally, see water propagation and succulent water propagation.
Is it possible to move Monstera from dirt to water?
It may cause excruciating pain.
Okay, I have an aquarium so it’s not for me. I don’t do much other than replenish the water with fresh aquarium water around once a week.
On the other hand, if you don’t have an aquarium, you’ll need to add fertilizer and change the water periodically. Although you could just use standard fertilizer, water-grown plants require micronutrients in addition to the macronutrients typically contained in plant fertilizers. On Amazon, you can purchase the General Hydroponics Flora series, which I advise utilizing.
Algae forms as a result.
Although algae is unlikely to harm your plant, it does have a very unpleasant appearance and is virtually impossible to avoid.
NEVER listen to those who suggest that a fish will solve your problem. Keeping a fish in an unheated, unfiltered tank is not only cruel, but it will also do no good.
Take it from someone who has kept fish for more than ten years: very few fish and snails will efficiently consume algae. Instead, they’ll chow down on their wonderful fish meal.
Grow your plant in an opaque pot to prevent algae growth, and wash the container frequently.
Which is preferable for Monstera propagation—soil or water?
Even while Monstera cuttings are generally fairly tolerant of the growing medium, location, and conditions, there are still a few things you may change to boost your chances of success or hasten your progress.
Time of year
It is not necessary to timing when you take a cutting, but keep in mind that winter, when plants are often dormant, may cause your cutting to start more slowly.
The first thing to stress is the importance of patience. Some cuttings will immediately take root and quickly produce new leaves. Others may experience a protracted period of inactivity. Spring will frequently revive cuttings that had been dormant.
The best way to determine if your cutting is still in good shape while doing nothing is described below.
Light and warmth
Monstera cuttings thrive in warmth and light, and they will grow the quickest on a warm, sunny windowsill. It has been said that Monstera cuttings should be started with a heat pad, but in my experience, that is not true. A heat pad, however, could perhaps hasten the growth process.
If they are in soil, they must also be maintained gently damp but not wet—wet feet are bad for them and will cause them to decay. Once a week, check their soil and, if it feels dry, give it a little water. It is not necessary to place a plastic bag over them, as is occasionally advised.
Size of cutting
More nodes and longer or larger stem sections tend to produce more new growth, including several new stems. Given that Monstera is a vine plant with a single long stem, this is significant. If your cutting produces leaf sprouts on several nodes, each of these will grow into a stem, resulting in bushier growth at a small size.
The benefit of propagating in water in a glass jar is that any new growth is visible right away. However, it is usually advisable to plant larger cuttings directly in the ground if they have leaves and aerial roots.
You can use conventional tap water, but if it’s particularly hard, use caution and avoid using water that has been artificially softened. Both rainwater and distilled water are acceptable. If you submerge the majority of the stem part in water, leaves and roots will grow rather happily.
Use a light, freely draining potting compost when young plants and a more hummus-rich mixture as they mature.
Planting stems vertically with just the top inch above the soil is the simplest and most space-efficient approach to pot cuttings in soil.
I was concerned that for new leaves to grow, some stem nodes would need to be above the surface, but that wasn’t the case at all. Under the soil surface, new leaves began to emerge and easily pushed their way to the surface to spread out.
If you have many stem cuttings that are housed in the same pot, you should separate them as soon as new growth appears. My own experiences indicate that, if handled correctly, Monstera are fairly resilient and don’t mind being disturbed.
You can bury the entire original stem cutting for a neater appearance rather than having to leave any of it above the soil line.
Why aren’t there any holes in my Monstera?
Why are there no holes in my monster leaves? Young leaves typically lack cuts. When mature leaves are devoid of fenestration, it may be a sign that there is insufficient light, too little moisture, nutrition, or air temperature. Young leaves don’t have cuts; older leaves eventually develop them.
How long does it take Monstera to spread?
It takes patience to propagate. 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.
Is it possible to grow Monstera without aerial roots?
A Monstera plant can be propagated without an aerial root. A leaf or two and at least one node are all that the stem cutting requires. It makes no difference if the plant node already has an aerial root.
In the jungle, a Monstera’s aerial roots enable them to cling to trees and ascend to the canopy. The same thing will happen to your plant indoors, especially if you’re utilizing a Monstera moss pole to encourage growth.
Your Monstera plant can climb by producing aerial roots from nodes along the stem or vine. If the cutting you are using to propagate your Monstera plant has an aerial root, it will frequently also grow micro roots.