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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.