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 houseplant babies indoors all year long? I’ll walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to propagate Monstera deliciosa (aka the swiss cheese plant) from cuttings. 

The Beatles always knew we’d get by with a bit of help from our friends. Today, I will teach you how to propagate your Monstera Deliciosa in just five easy stepsPropagating plants is a fun and inexpensive way to grow my houseplant collection! Plus! It is a fantastic way to share this super popular plant with my family and friends. With this easy water method, you can grow hundreds of Monstera plants for free!

The good news . . .  Propagating your Monstera is not as hard as you might think. You do not even need to have a “green thumb” to propagate a Swiss Cheese Plant! 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! 

How to Propagate Your Monstera Deliciosa

how to propagate your monstera houseplant

The Water Propagation Method for Monstera Deliciosa

Can you propagate Monstera deliciosa in water? Yes! And, I believe water propagation is the easiest way to propagate Monsteras! There are a few ways to propagate houseplants, but I prefer the water propagation method! It is easy to turn simple stem cuttings into a brand new plant!  I love propagating my houseplants in water because it is easier (and more exciting for me) to monitor how the roots develop on the cuttings.  

What You Need for Propagating Your Houseplant

For water propagation, you will need:

  • parent plant
  • clean room temperature water
  • a glass vase or jar
  • a sharp, sterilized leaf pruner (or a sharp knife or sharp clean shears work just fine)
  • Optional: 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

In my opinion, water propagation is the easiest method of propagating Monstera cuttings. Monstera is a low-maintenance tropical plant from the Araceae family. They are just as easy to grow as they are to propagate. 

Step 1: How to Take A Monstera Cutting

  • The propagation process is straightforward. First, use a sterilized, sharp knife, pruning scissors, or trimming shear to cut a mature leaf or stem from the parent plant. When cutting from the mother plant, make sure your cutting includes a small stem or root node.
  • I like to snip a small stem about ¼ inch below the node. If you are taking a cutting from a mature Monstera, you may notice some aerial roots coming from the same stem as the node. Aerial roots are a great sign that node would make an excellent choice for your cutting when propagating. If you can, cut beneath nodes with one or multiple aerial roots. As seen in the picture below, you can see the small brown node above the long aerial root. That is why I chose that stem cutting for my propagation.

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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 stem cutting in the vase or jar, making sure the cutting remains upright. 
  • I have mine in our southeast-facing bay window amongst all of our other plants, so it was exposed to semi-diffused bright indirect light.

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.
  • Keep in mind that the leaves on the Monstera cutting may initially limp because they cannot absorb water, but they will start to flourish when roots start developing and are established.
  • I waited until my new roots were about 4-5 inches 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 in a new pot. I like using Nature’s Care Organic Potting Soil and adding in Organic Perlite. I like doing an 80/20 mix of potting mix to perlite. 
  • After it is in your growing pot, give it room temperature water and wait patiently for new growth. You will see small changes within a few weeks as your plant starts to mature. 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

When is the best time to propagate Monstera deliciosa cuttings?

The best time of year to propagate Monstera plants is during the growing seasons: spring and summer. This is a great time to take monstera cuttings because the plant will likely thrive and have plenty of healthy stems to choose from. The spring and summer months also have the longest hours of daylight, so you will easily be able to provide your cutting with ample sunlight.

How long does it take a monstera deliciosa to root in water?

You should start to see roots developing after about 2-3 weeks of taking your cutting and placing it in water.

What are the signs my cutting is not doing well?

  • If it’s been more than two months and you do not see any roots forming from your new cuttings, your cutting is probably not going to root. Take a new cutting and try again.
  • If your cutting is rooting but is turning black and mushy, that means your cutting is rotting. Take a new cutting and try again. Pro Tip: Root Rot can not only happen to your cuttings, but it can also happen once your cutting has been planted. Be careful not to overwater your Monstera plant once it is potted. 
  • If your water is full of algae and grim, it is time to change your water. Remember to refresh your cutting’s water every three days.

 

How to Propagate A Monstera

There are a few ways to propagate houseplants, but I prefer the water propagation method! It is easy to turn simple stem cuttings into a brand new plant!  
Prep Time15 mins
14 d
Course: diy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: houseplant DIY, houseplant tips, houseplants
Yield: 1 plant
Cost: $0.00

Equipment

  • Pair of Scissors or Garden Shears

Instructions

Take A Monstera Cutting

  • The propagation process is straightforward. Use a sterilized, sharp knife, pruning scissors, or trimming shear to cut a mature leaf or stem from the parent plant. When cutting from the mother plant, make sure your cutting includes a small stem or root node.
    I like to snip a small stem about ¼ inch below the node. If you are taking a cutting from a mature Monstera, you may notice some aerial roots coming from the same stem as the node. When propagating, aerial roots are a great sign that node would make a great choice for your cutting. If you can, cut beneath nodes with one or multiple aerial roots. 

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 stem cutting in the vase or jar, making sure the cutting remains upright. I put mine in our southeast-facing bay window amongst all of our other plants, so it was exposed to semi-diffused bright indirect light.

 Refresh The Water for 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 start developing and are established.

Plant Your Cutting

  • Once the roots have developed and are 4-5inches long, you can transfer the cutting to fresh soil in a new pot. I like using Nature’s Care Organic Potting Soil and adding in Organic Perlite. I like doing an 80/20 mix of potting mix to perlite. After it is in your growing pot, give it room temperature water and wait patiently for new growth. You will see small changes within a few weeks as your plant starts to mature. 

Just Let It Grow, Let It Grow!

Notes

Please refer to the photos and details in the blog post. Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions. 

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

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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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