How to Grow Monstera from Cuttings| Propgating Monstera cuttings

How to Grow Monstera from Cuttings| Propgating Monstera cuttings

If you are a houseplant lover, chances are you have heard of the popular Swiss cheese plant, also known as Monstera Deliciosa. This tropical plant is a beautiful addition to any home, with its iconic leaves and ease of care. If you are looking to expand your collection or share the beauty of Monstera with others, growing new plants from stem cuttings is a great option. In this blog, we will explore the process of Monstera propagation and share tips on how to grow healthy plants from stem cuttings. Whether you want to create a stunning display of mature Monstera plants or propagate variegated plants from a mother plant, this guide will help you get started.

How long does it take to grow Monstera from cuttings?

The speed of propagation varies depending on factors such as weather, propagation method, and cutting health. On average, the rooting process takes 4-8 weeks for the roots to establish, but this timeline is influenced by climate and weather conditions.


Best time to propagate a Monstera

Monstera cuttings have a higher success rate when taken during moderately warm weather, typically in spring or summer.

Stages of propagation in Monstera plants.

Fresh Cutting

It is the initial stage of taking a cutting from a plant. The cutting may lack roots but could potentially have aerial roots that are not beneficial for sustaining the plant.

For optimal results, it is recommended to promptly plant the cutting after removing it from the main plant to prevent gradual decay.

Rooted Cutting

These plants have newly developed roots that are typically white and fuzzy. These roots are crucial in providing the necessary nutrients for the cutting's healthy growth

Established Cutting

At this stage, the cutting has developed into an independent plant and can be transferred to a larger container or a garden. Additionally, new leaves begin to emerge during this growth phase

A guide on propagating Monstera through cuttings.

1. Take a Cutting

To ensure the health of the plant and the cutting, carefully select a healthy stem and make a precise cut just below the node using a clean knife or pruning shears, taking care not to cause any damage.

For optimal growth, a healthy cutting should meet the following criteria: it should be 5-7 inches long, healthy and free of diseases, have 2-3 healthy leaves, and at least one node. Avoid cuttings with excessive foliage, damage, or rot.

To propagate a monstera from a cutting, it is recommended to take the cutting below a node or aerial root. The node is a raised point on the stem where leaves or buds emerge and attach.

The node within a plant contains a highly active area of cellular growth where new roots develop. It is necessary to ensure that at least one node is present when taking a cutting.

2. Planting

To propagate a plant, use a 6-8 inches pot filled with a well-draining potting mix. Dip the cutting in the rooting hormone, and plant it in the soil, making sure to cover the node with 1-2 inches of soil. Pat the growing medium gently to secure the cutting.

3. Watering and Caring

To avoid disturbing the sensitive, unrooted cutting, it is recommended to mist it rather than pour water directly onto the growing medium. A watering can may cause the cutting to become dislodged from its position.

To maintain proper moisture levels, it is recommended to mist the soil regularly with a spray bottle, with a frequency of every 4-6 days for the leaves.

For improving the chances of success of propagation, it is recommended to avoid exposing the cutting to direct sunlight and instead provide it with bright, indirect light throughout the day. Keeping the cutting in a very dark location should also be avoided.

4. Formation of Roots

The roots typically develop within 5-7 weeks, but it may take 2-3 months for the plant to achieve healthy root growth.

For successful propagation, it is advised to protect the cutting by covering it with plastic wrap or placing it in a mini greenhouse.

Monitoring the growth of the new plant

Keeping the soil consistently moist is crucial at this point. But be careful to not overwater the plant as it causes root rot.  For optimal plant growth, it is suggested to use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to 25% strength every other week. This can assist with root development and promote strong root growth.

Propagating Monstera cuttings in Water

Monstera cuttings can be grown in water. For water propagation, place them in a glass jar or glass vase with water, making sure they stay upright. A tall and narrow jar can be helpful for this. It's important to use tap water which is non-chlorinated water.

Growing Monstera from stem cuttings is an excellent choice for beginners and seasoned plant enthusiasts alike. With just a healthy-looking stem and a couple of months of patience, you can have a new Monstera plant to add to your collection or share with friends. This popular propagation method is easy to do and can result in stronger roots and healthier plants. Whether you choose to propagate your Monstera in soil or water, the key is to provide the right conditions and care for the cuttings to thrive. With the tips and tricks outlined in this guide, you can confidently propagate your own Swiss cheese plant cuttings and watch them grow into beautiful plants.


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