I hope that helps! I went to the hospital for a very long time and all my plants died. Monty, my Monstera, became just too big in seven short months. With sharp sheers (I like these) I snipped the stem to include this aerial root or node and leaves in one. The roots are no longer in the dirt and it looks like it’s trying to climb out of the pot which is somewhat creeping me out. Thank you! catesthill.com is your design resource for calm, simple interiors with a focus on sustainability and soul #thesimpleeveryday, Top 10 UK Interior Design Blogs, Vuelio, September 2018 and 2019 It came with a leaf node and an aerial root. If the stem, with one or more leaves, is attached to a section of the aerial roots, you can snip the stem and roots off together to create another monstera plant. Any idea how I can encourage him to grow bushier? Thank you for your observations! Good luck! Good luck! Hi Alexandra, how many leaves are on the cutting? Hey, I have a monstera that has a stem but no leaf. That coloring could be normal, new roots are typically white but it’s probably not root rot. Yes, those white roots are a good sign. Should i take it out of the water and let it dry for a couple days first before putting it back in the water? This might sound weird, but the roots are really growing quickly in the water. I hope you check back often for lots of helpful hints. The best time to propagate a monstera plant is in the spring and summer months when it’s actively growing. Can I cut it below the stem and with the long aerial root? But I would not cut it. Yes, you can send photos (to my facebook page or L&P email), which will help me help you on what to do next. Hi! Help please, maybe hopefully.Thank you. Hi there! Thanks so much I have s Monty that’s so healthy but getting out of control but was terrified to try propagating. Thank you! It will! Hi Sarah, This can happen if the cutting was from an older monstera or if the water it’s in is heavily chlorinated. It looks kind of like kind of like a plant pimple, and is located at a petiole intersection. Some leaves turning yellow now. I have a plant where there is only two places where new leaves grow so I’m afraid that then I propagate it will now only have one place where new leaves will grow. Hope that helps and thanks for reading! And how is Monty the Monstera doing? any ideas as to what I’m doing wrong? A black or brown node is normal – what’s not normal is a mushy one. We’re lucky enough to be able to grow monsteras outside in Northland, NZ. As an indoor plant they don’t really do much but I don’t like to cut them off. My monstera plant has happily sat in a corner, demanding very little attention apart from a water every now and then (about once a week). Hwoever, i noticed, in a day or two, that the leaf started turning brown. So, you can definitely keep it in water and they don’t mind it, but you’ll probably have to transplant it once the roots start to get massive. Hope that helps! How to propagate a Monstera from cuttings. It has no roots. Hi Terry, 40 years old? If it does grow, chances are there was a leaf node all along. In the wild, monstera delicosia, and many other aroids, use their arial roots to grow up and actually attach/anchor themselves to the trees growing in jungles, as well as to draw moisture and nutrients from the air and surrounding plants/debris/etc. If I want a more bushy version vs one that will need to be staked in order to keep it from laying across my desk, will cutting the stem back cause the mother plant to produce more than one new branch? I was reading that is the way they grow in the wild in order to climb up trees to reach the sunlight. I would water once a week and keep it in these conditions – if the stem dies there is still a chance of survival, but it is very dependent on how well you care for it. I have Monstera growing in abundance outside can I try propagate this or are there different types of Monty’s (indoor/outdoor)? If it has many roots that’s a sure sign! Details about Variegated Monstera Borsigiana Albo Cutting Root Plant Aroid Rare collector. He is now growing lopsided and is looking very bushy. But they do sound healthy and almost ready to pot, you should have nice healthy plants! Then you can cut right below those roots and repot the plant! but I have finally aquired one again but it has been stuck in a way to small pot and is really tall. Do you have any advice? And it looks beautiful where it is in the vase. You need to have a node and/or a root present for propagation to happen and be successful. Definitely the most reassuring and easiest to follow. I’ve done a bit of research and reading but I think a lot of my success with plants has come partly down to luck and partly down to a sunny, south-facing room. Thank you in advance. I see you recommend putting cuttings in water before potting up. Hi, I recently got my hands on 2 fairly unhealthy variegated monstera plants. I am super worried. Should I take them out of the soil and put them all in water until they root? Good luck! I would keep doing what you’re doing, and be sure the cutting is in bright indirect light and never let it dry out at this stage. All the nodes have grown long and has a protective layer around them. If it helps, Monty Jr is about 14 months old and is just starting to get bigger leaves with small holes. Your page was the first that I stumbled across, and arguably the best! Can you use a non glass, opaque container to regrow a cutting? Good luck! Now, I did my research on the best way to propagate, mind you, but I was still terrified. If there is node found, does propogating with ariel roots work? I wish I could attach a picture. Can i cut thst leaf snd just have the roots with a base stump? Hi! It might not be over, I would just go ahead and propagate as you intended. It’s really struggling and only had 3 leaves despite being 2 years old and I’ve place the broken off leave stem in water, but there is no node. They all seem very old with big beaches and stems (some branches are brown and woody-ish). , Hi Anastasia, do I really cut the stem off above the new roots when I plant a newly rooted cutting? Mine is brown too, I’m a bit worry. Hi! He just needs some time to recover but should bounce back soon! My plant was doing really well and kept growing new leaves out of its topmost/youngest leave. It worked beautifully! but lots of aerial roots popping out and starting to fill the glass jar. She lives far away and I will not be able to do it again. You’re welcome Anna! So we cut it up into 4 plants and rooted them and they took off. The Swiss cheese vine plant prefers full sun but will adapt to partial shade. , you love your plants and your explanation is great..love from. Thank you! Trying to save or revive any that I can. Monstera propagation rotten aerial root. If they’re green with browning on the edges, that’s ok. Hi I was wondering what exactly air layering is? And who doesn’t love the thought of having little Monsteras around. Is it possible to circle the area where its ok to cut so there is no confusion? It was one long ‘vine’ with a few leaves here and there. I really need some advice . I purchased a cutting with small nod about an inch or so it’s my first one to propagate! Now I realize that I could have planted them in one larger pot and had a bit bushier set up! What type of stake do you recommend? Give the plant a water and voilá you’re done! My Monstera deliciosa went vertical and not horizontal. This would also be a simple way to share a plant with friends or family. After repotting, he only became happier and unfurled another four leaves in a few weeks. Maybe I should just replant and be done with it. My first question: I recently repotted some rooted Monstera plants, but decided to put them in separate pots. thanks for the great instructions. Either way, the key is to keep the node or roots moist during the trip. Hi – thank you so much for this blog post! I put it in water but now after reading online I am super afraid it won’t do anything, and I am not sure I can ask for another one…. Anastasia – Take the Monstera out of the soil and discard it. How do you know what size pot to use? Hi! Any suggestions? As long as there is some kind of root/node and a petiole/leaf, you should be ok. Those huge leaves and big stems make a dramatic statement. Hi Bunny! Aerial roots have no propagation function and will not give you new Monstera babies if you put them in water. As they mature I found they grow much quicker. thanks. Aerial roots on the other hand are roots that come out of the stem. I would really appreciate your help. No wonder its Latin name translates as ‘monstrous’ (the ‘deliciosa’ bit refers to the edible fruit it can make). I want to propagate my split leaf, but I can’t really tell if it has aerial roots on the stems so I’m worried about cutting a piece off. The epiphytic plant, likewise known as” fruit salad plant,” which describes a plant that is fast-growing and can mature to 70ft tall. Thanks! He’s indoors in a huge northwest window. I have 3 truly monstrous sized outdoor cuttings from a 25 year old “Monty”. I should probably start this post with a caveat that I’m no expert when it comes to looking after houseplants. Hi Maura, You won’t be able to propagate it, but it will look lovely in a vase for a few weeks! I hope so too! I got a cutting about two months ago and put it in the jar per your instructions. Now I’ve constructed a bamboo frame and am trying to get the stems more upright by stringing them to it with soft twine. Monstera wetstick, once you receive one, can be propagated directly into soil or using sphagnum moss. This method is basically the same as rooting a monstera cutting in water. These nodes turn into the new aerial roots when the plant is propagated. I have 2 small leaves and a few long white roots, propagated in water. You might want to take a look at your air layering technique. We just acquired a set of corten steel monstera leaves as a garden sculpture. Hi Elizabeth! Would you mind to help me to propagated them? I’d give him a month or so in water, then you should be able to plant him in soil (be sure to use a high quality garden soil). It is too big to stick in water. Does my description make sense? The lava rock may be a bit much in my opinion, so I would suggest reporting in something like a plain indoor plant mix (you can add the extras I do too if you like). I am a new Monstera mom and have one that’s too young to propagate. I don’t want to let them sit too long, especially with it almost being the fall. As long as the node is firm you should be fine, but it there is a funky smell or is it’s mushy and very soft to the touch, you may have a rotted cutting and it may not be salvageable. This plant grows best in warm conditions and requires high humidity. I’ve successfully propagated several (yay!). Starting with a stem with a leaf and an aerial root, she cuts the stem … Feel free to send photos though. They are 2.5 weeks into the process. You or she can send a photo to my Instagram and I’d be happy to take a look! I’m so terrified of propagating my plant but your post made me want to try. All rights reserved. Hi Barbara – I would love to see a photo! I’m happy to send you some suggestions! It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m happy to say that the new roots are from 1 – 3 inches long. Hi Marie! I hate pruning plants. Hi Abby! Do you know how long it would take for a new leaf to grow once the cutting is potted? Don’t worry if the thick brown outer covering of the aerial roots sloughs off, this is normal. This little nub is key and will be the ONLY way you can propagate as it turns into a root. Christine. Hi Alina – that’s a tradescantia zebrina, or Wandering Jew. I would keep it in water until a leaf completely forms and roots are visible. Did Monty find his way to grow new leaves where you cut him? Yes, it is probably shocked amongst other things. Don’t root them in water unless you are going to grow it in water. I suggest not propagating unless you have multiple steams that have multiple leaves, not waiting until you have a few stems may result in killing the plant. Yes, of course I was a proud plant mom. They are so big that I had to plant them in 5 gal paint buckets. Should I cut it off or will a new leaf ever grow back? I suspect my plant might not be getting enough light, triggering the weird growth pattern (it’s been reaching out vertically), but I’m trying to correct that. . I would do bottled water and you’ll want to submerge the node and aerial root, leave the leaves and most of the stem above water, the roots are really what need to be in water. It hasn’t done anything in months now and I’m wondering if it has given up altogether? Get it growing lush and thick thou. In a month or two you should start to see some roots. Hi Barbara! If you want to take it out still, yes, be careful removing the entire plant and roots. Thank you. Hi Payton, the roots do turn brown naturally as the plant matures in water, so you should be ok! I am a little confused about what part(s) to submerge as someone I believe said to not submerge the aerial root so I am a bit confused and would be super sad if I messed her up… Would you recommend bottled or distilled water? It’s got almost a whole smaller plant growing within the same pot. It does – and cutting back will help it produce another branch, just be sure not to cut it if it’s too young. The water turns brown after 1 or 2 days, I can’t keep up with changing it. Is it overwatered? I usually give it at least a month, so you can wait a bit longer or move to a bigger jar for another few weeks. I know they grow much more rapidly outside and you can definitely try propagating. Commonly, Monstera is spread by stem cuttings.Monstera deliciosa or Swiss cheese plant cuttings are easy to root.For cuttings, you can root them first in water. Feel free to reach out again if you need more help! -A single leaf without a node or root will not propagate, the cutting must have a pre-existing root/node in order to grow more. You may want to give the cutting a clean trim and make sure only healthy stem remains. I may be confused by your question – so feel free to shoot me a DM on Instagram with a pic – and I should be able to help better. Thanks so much. , So glad I can help out and thanks so much for reading, Delaney! When I potted him he got really droopy and sad and seems to be turning a lighter color. Also, monsteras tend to pump out leaves slower in the dead of winter, so seasons are also a factor. Hi Leaf and Paw! I was wondering if I could use Spanish moss in lieu of Sphagnum moss. Abby. We bought a Monstera Delicious like a month ago. Can you give some more instructions about potting? Plants, including the Monstera genus, are very prolific and will grow back even from a small trimming. First monstera btw! Thanks! Hi Margo, is the leaf going yellow or the stem? I have them now in soil because they do have a big woody root system going even though the plants look terrible. It is VERY slowly growing new leaves and is recovering. There’s no harm in trying, Robert. I would need to see a photo – that would definitely help me see if there’s a chance of propagation. This article is so helpful! Most often the plant can be grown as a container plant indoors and performs well when grown on poles or in baskets. Learn how your comment data is processed. I just brought a little monsterina cutting from work and looking forward to see what happens. Take a cutting from the mother plant by cutting off a leaf just below the aerial root. Cate has been named one of London’s best interior bloggers (Vuelio 2018 & 2019 and Ideal Home magazine) and has been featured in The Times, Grazia, House Beautiful, Enki magazine, Elle Decoration Denmark and Apartment Therapy. It will take a few weeks for the first shoots to come out. I have a huge monstera and he is outside because I’m afraid for my 3 cats. and already has a long established aerial root, rooted into the ground. I have lots of options for sunlight so I can move it if it helps. I would place the cutting in a glass jar with water until that root acclimates, then you should be able to plant and bring indoors. Hi Catherine! So, it seems to be happy. Tie a piece of string around it to secure it in place, then enclose this in a … Some cuttings, for some reason, take forever. I’m so glad I found your blog (thanks, creepy Google search engines tracking everything I do) because I want to propagate my Monstera but all of the stems seem to be coming from the dirt/root level. Thank you! A friend gave me a monstera cutting on Christmas. Thank you. If it was cut too close to the base you won’t have any luck. I noticed that the cover of the aerial root was not in the greatest shape though and i could easily take it off and expose the inner root. I would place it in water actually instead of moss at this point, in a clear jar, so you can monitor and watch root development. If I’m picturing how your cutting looks (feel free to post a pic) a node should pop up and develop. There should always be baby node, but yes you can cut a stem with one of the roots. Hope that helps! Mine has been doing beautifully in my living room, and I’m having a similar problem to you! Hi Tyler, I do specify that air layering needs to be done on the plant itself until roots form, but I appreciate your feedback! What do you think of my odds for success? He cut it at the base where two stems were growing but there is no node. But what happens to the mother plant (Monty)? If you have plant munchers, keep monsteras out of reach. In couple months, you’ll notice large roots have begin to grow on the plant in the moss package. These cuttings are so huge that nothing looks familiar to your photos. Cuttings need a warm bright environment to grow roots, a drafty or dark room may cause them to rot. Hi Dana! . It does take some time on these new plants, usually a few months. Each has several air roots. I used one of my good ol’ standby pots that’s plastic and sturdy, perfect for starting-out saplings. It will continue to grow and might look funny for a while, but it will fill out eventually. If your monstera has lots of other leaves, you will be fine cutting it off, but I would leave it and let it grow if it’s a younger plant. I believe it is toxic to pets. Putting the stem and node in water in a sunny spot will give it the best chance to root, and you should see 5-10 small roots before you plant. It will look pretty in a vase though! I’m thoroughly enjoying bringing more greenery into my home and slowly nurturing something. Look your monstera over and find the node. Hi Sharon, I’m so sorry! Thanks! Hi, i recently bought a monstera plant at a very low price as some leaves have holes eaten by worms. Hi! I have had one of these guys in my garden outside for over 2 years now it’s under the pagola and has shadcloth also but it starting growing sideways from the beginning and has never really taken off. Hi Jo – there’s only one type of Monstera and they can be grown indoors or out. Hi Kristin, any cutting that you are propagating should include a root and there shouldn’t be any reason to cut the stem off a new cutting. Thank for these very helpful instructions! In most of the pictures I see of Monsteras the plant looks to be growing up as more of a bushy plant, vs this one that has one long stem with leaves coming off of it in many spots. Thanks, Carol. Caro and Rose from my favourite book ‘The House of Plants’ suggest using a compost with coir to retain moisture and rock dust and worm castings for essential minerals. Hi! The aerial roots may produce roots; As I explained in this article, aerial roots are unlikely to change into ‘proper’ roots. I took 3-5 foot plant from my club house pool. It’s winter so I wasn’t sure if it was a good time to pot. I kept on searching the net for no nodes but to no avail pls help. So happy it helped you out. As long as the weather is warm where you live and the monsteras are out of their winter dormant stage, it would be fine to replant/consolidate. All of my monsteras are happy with that mix. I have never propagated a monsterra before and I am a little nervous… I have one branch growing out quite rapidly but it already has quite long roots.. almost a foot, which seems a little difficult to put in a jar with water. Good luck! Moved plant thinking maybe it got a hot shot of sun, now omg. For grouping plants, it depends on how big the cuttings are. I’ve managed to propagate a menstera and it’s doing well but there is only one leaf and it just grows bigger and badder but with no new leaves. They start to see some roots new aerial roots that damage walls or surfaces get... 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