Propagating Monstera Deliciosa

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One of my favorite houseplants is the Monstera Deliciosa, commonly known as the Swiss-cheese plant.

It is this beautiful tropical-looking plant with a mix of dark and bright green leaves that is incredibly easy to maintain.

I bought mine at Lowe’s-they can be pretty pricey regardless of where you buy them.

I looked up how to propagate this plant, and I knew where to cut but the angle wasn’t quite right and where the node was it was hanging on by a thread, and it eventually fell off.

So I thought, “oh well-I’ll just use it as a decorative piece until it browns and shrivels.”

I was pleasantly surprised that despite my first cutting not being a clean-cut, it still developed roots!

Now more roots are growing out of the same cutting. Yippee!!

Keeping the plant thriving by water propagation is simple to do.

Follow the below steps on Propagating Monstera Deliciosa:

  1. Cut a stem (whether an older leaf or baby leaf, both are fine) and make sure you cut below where a node is-this is where the root will start forming. Often times an aerial root is already beginning to form on the mother plant, so just cut below that aerial root.
  1. Place the cutting in a tall vase with water. That’s it! No need to keep it in direct sunlight.
  2. Wait a few weeks (3-6) and let the plant do its magic, and refill the water occasionally.

In about 2 months, the Monstera Deliciosa will be ready to plant. *See how the roots got longer? The longer you wait, the stronger the roots will be, making it have better chances of surviving. 🙂

  1. Plant the cuttings in a small-medium sized pot with well-drained soil. Potting mix with extra peat moss works wonders. Peat moss will bring acidity and be the perfect environment for the Monstera to thrive.

I bought 4qts of Peat moss from Amazon, which is a good amount for my indoor plants.

Here I am “stacking” the peat moss with the potting soil and slightly mixing it together.
  1. Add in braces for your young adolescent. Kind of a joke there-I had braces as a young girl lol. Anyways, Monsteras will lean as they grow taller, so a nice stake of some sort will help them stay upright.

Keep in mind that these are tropical plants and don’t need a ton of water. However, since it was living in water for the last several weeks-months, make sure to gradually adjust the water level so the plant doesn’t die of thirst.

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