How to Propagate Your Monstera Deliciosa

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Propagating a monstera is easy!

Hey houseplant friends! Did you know that you can enjoy growing new Monstera Deliciosa plant-babies indoors all year long?

The Beatles always knew we’d get by with a little help from our friends. Well, today, I am going to teach you how to propagate your Monstera Deliciosa in just 5 easy steps!

Propagating plants is a fun and inexpensive way to grow my houseplant collection! Plus! It is a fantastic way to share them with my family and friends. The good news . . .  Propagating your Monstera is not as hard as you might think.

Ready to get started?

I’m SO excited to show you How to Propagate Your Monstera Deliciosa via the water method to grow new plant-babies successfully!

The Water Propagation Method

  • There are a few ways to propagate houseplants, but I prefer the water propagation method and success from it!  I love propagating my houseplants in water because it is easier (and more exciting for me) to monitor how the roots are developing on the cuttings.  

What You Need for Propagating Your Houseplant

  • For water propagation, you will need clean water and a glass vase, and a sharp, sterilized leaf pruner (or a knife works just fine)
  • If you want your Monstera plant to propagate quicker, you could purchase a rooting hormone, but if you have a few weeks to spare and aren’t in any hurry, you do not need it.

How to Propagate Monstera in Water

I think this is the easiest method of propagating Monstera cuttings

Step 1: Get Your Monstera Cutting

Use a sharp, sterilized knife, pruning scissors, or trimming shear to cut a mature leaf or stem from the plant.

When cutting the leaf, make sure your cutting includes a small stem or root node. I like to snip a small stem about ¼ inch below the node.

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

how to propagate your monstera houseplant 

Step 2: Fill Your Glass Vase with Water & Soak Your Cutting

  • Fill the glass vase halfway with clean water and place it in a room with indirect sunlight. Carefully position the leaf or stem cutting in the vase, making sure the cutting remains upright. 
  • I had mine in our southeast-facing bay window amongst all of our other plants, so it was exposed to semi-diffused sunlight.

Propagate Monstera Deliciosa

Propagate Monstera Deliciosa

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

Step 3: Refresh Your Cuttings

  • Rinse the cutting and supply the glass vase with fresh water once a week. In about three to four weeks, you will start seeing new roots coming out from the nodes.
  • The cuttings will get a gross film on them (very scientific, I know), so when you change the water every few days, you will want to gently scrub away the muck before placing them back in the vase. Remember always to use room temperature water, so you do not shock your cuttings. 
  • Pro Tip: Don’t use water that contains chlorine because it is not good for young plants.
  • Also, keep in mind that the leaves on the Monstera cutting may limp at first because they lack the ability to absorb water, but they will start to flourish when roots are established.
  • I waited until my new roots were about 4-5inches long before moving them into a growing pot. The root growth time will vary depending on the light, temperature, and the cutting itself. 

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

Step 4: Plant Your Cutting

  • Once the roots have developed and are 4-5inches long, you can transfer the cutting to fresh soil. 
  • I like using Nature’s Care Organic Potting Soil and adding in Organic Perlite. I like doing an 80/20 mix of soil to perlite. 
  • After it is in your growing-pot, give it room temperature water and wait patiently for new growth.
  • Pro Tip: I continued to water ours every day for the first week and then started only watering when the top 2 inches of soil was dry. 

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

Step 5: Just Let It Grow, Let It Grow!

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

 

Here is the Montera just 3 months after I propagated and re-potted it! Isn’t it so big and beautiful! Look at those leaf splits!!!

 

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Have you propagated a monstera? How did it go? What were/are your struggles?

Send me an email, and let’s chat! Or follow me on HouseFur on Instagram!

How to Propagate Your Monstera Deliciosa

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  1. love all of the photos and this is such an informative post! thank you for sharing x

    1. Ren Lenhof Author says:

      Awe! You’re welcome!!! Thanks for reading!

  2. Hi! I would love to try propagating mine, but none of the smaller stems on mine have root nodes. Will this still work?

    1. Ren Lenhof Author says:

      Hi! A few months ago our dogs broke a stem off our Monstera and I put it in water and it did end up propagating! I would try it and see what happens! Thanks so much for following along and thanks for sending in a question.

  3. Cindy Galle says:

    Is there a secret to getting the leaves to split? Mine are split on a few of the leaves, but the majority are not ;O(

    1. Ren Lenhof Author says:

      Hi Cindy!!! Thanks so much for following along!
      I have a couple blog posts that might help you get more splits 🙂
      https://housefur.com/my-solutions-to-6-common-monstera-houseplant-problems/
      and https://housefur.com/my-monstera-deliciosa-houseplant-care-tips-for-the-prettiest-splits/ Hopefully those can help you! Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

  4. Hi there! I started a monstera water propagation with a really long aerial root (about 9-10 inches long). It has some root growth, but should I have trimmed the aerial root down before starting? The roots aren’t close together like in the picture you shared. Anything helps, thanks! 🙂

    1. Ren Lenhof Author says:

      Hi Gaby!
      Thanks so much for reading! I just propagated one with a bigger aerial root and the roots weren’t very close or as thick either, but it still worked when I potted it! If you want to email me a picture – that could help me see yours! My email is Ren @ foto-29.com 🙂

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