Hey houseplant friends! Did you know that you can enjoy growing new Monstera Deliciosa houseplants 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. You do not even need to have a “green thumb!”
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
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 5: Just Let It Grow, Let It Grow!
- Continue to water and monitor the growth of your monstera plant. We noticed new leaves sprouting within a few weeks.
- We will be transferring it to a bigger (and more beautiful) planter in a few weeks.
- I have another post about caring for your Monstera plant: Here.
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!!!
Have you propagated a monstera? How did it go? What were/are your struggles?
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