Monstera Deliciosa is a tropical plant that has become popular in recent years. The common name for this plant, the “Mexican Breadfruit,” refers to its use by Mexican natives as an emergency food source when other crops failed. It’s also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant because of its unique appearance.
They are propagated from cuttings taken from parent plants and growing roots, new leaves, and eventually flowers on their own. Here are some tips on how to get your Monstera started off right!
What is Monstera Deliciosa and where does it come from?
They are a tropical vine that originates from Central America. It can be found in the rain-forest, where it grows up the trunks of trees. The leaves of this plant are large and heart-shaped, and the fruit is edible and has a sweet taste.
Why propagate Monstera Deliciosa?
Propagating your Monstera is a way to get more of these beautiful plants. It is easy for you to have your own Monstera plant, without the high price tag! Propagating is also an excellent way to revive an older plant that has stopped producing new leaves
What are the benefits of growing a Monstera plant in your home or office space?
Monstera plants are a great way to add a touch of nature to your home or office space. They’re beautiful and lush and can help to improve air quality by filtering out harmful toxins. Monstera care is also easy, and can thrive in a variety of environments.
How do you propagate a Monstera Deliciosa plant in water?
One of the best things about growing Monstera Deliciosa is propagating them, using part of a parent plant to create a whole new baby plant! It can feel scary to cut your Monstera, but the reward is worth it. This article covers taking a cutting from your own parent plant, and how to get it started growing roots and new leaves.
To propagate your Monstera Deliciosa, you’ll need:
- A sharp knife or pruning shears
- A container filled with water
- Newspaper or a propagating tray
- rooting hormone (optional)
- A clear, plastic bag to cover the plant while it’s rooting
- Plant markers (optional)
Monstera plants are best propagated by taking a node! You can’t successfully propagate them without having at least one healthy plant in your collection. Understanding the parts of this unique vine will help you achieve success when trying to divide it, and here’s what each section means:
A leaf is actually not just flat but shaped like an expanding cone with teeth along its edge- these allow for easy attachment during growth onto other surfaces such as trellises or walls;
The nodes are where the magic happens! Each petiole (the long green stalk that holds leaves) grows out of a single node. As you can imagine, this means there will be one for every leaf-but if your plant has lost or grown new ones in addition to them it may have more than one place whereon its stem meets with each other.
When you take leaf cuttings, it is important to have at least two nodes. If a node experiences rot or dieback due the loss of moisture from one side then there’s still potential for growth as long as other areas remain healthy which means your plant will become more full looking sooner!
All you need to do now is place the cutting in water and wait for its rootset.
Propagating a Monstera in Soil
Propagating your Monstera Deliciosa with a cutting is simple!
- First, remove any leaves that are touching the ground or other leaves.
- New leaves will form at the point where you take the cutting from. Be sure not to cut into the stem of your Monstera Deliciosa. Clean your knife or pruning shears with a disinfectant, especially if you’re reusing them from other plants!
- Take a cutting from a healthy leaf of your Monstera Deliciosa plant – on a mature plant this will probably be on one of the center leaves. Take the cutting just below where the leaf is attached to the stem or petiole of your parent plant. You can use your marker to make a “dot” on this part of your Monstera Deliciosa stem so you know where to put it when you re-plant it, if needed!
- Trim your cutting with clean, sharp pruning shears or a knife. Make the cut straight across. this will make it easier for the Monstera Deliciosa to root. Rooting hormone can be applied at this point if desired – but it is not needed.
- Place the cutting into water to let it soak, or dip it into rooting hormone before putting it in water. Be sure to dip the lower end of the cutting, where you made your cut – this is where roots will form.
- Put newspaper or a propagating tray underneath your cutting so that it doesn’t rest on any solid surface and rot. Rot will kill your cutting. Water your Monstera Deliciosa cutting whenever it feels dry at the soil level – about every other day, depending on how hot it is.
- Place your cutting in a plastic bag or propagating dome to help retain moisture and humidity, if desired. Once new leaves start emerging from your Monstera Deliciosa cutting, remove the plastic bag or propagating dome.
- After your cutting has been placed in a pot, be sure to constantly monitor it for signs of rot. If rot occurs, you’ll have to start over with a new cutting from your Monstera Deliciosa plant! Be sure to leave the cutting in its pot for 1-2 months after rooting before transplanting to a larger planter or outdoors.
- Once your Monstera Deliciosa has rooted and started growing again, be sure to harden it off to outdoor conditions before planting it outside.
When propagating a Monstera Deliciosa in soil, there are a few key things to keep in mind:
- Be sure to use well-draining soil that’s high in organic matter.
- When potting, leave enough space for it to grow – it will get quite large!
- Water your Monstera Deliciosa regularly, making sure the soil remains moist but not wet.
- Fertilise every 2-3 weeks with a balanced fertiliser.
- The leaves will burn easily in direct sunlight, be sure to place your plant in an area of filtered light or indirect sunlight.
If you’re looking to propagate your own Monstera Deliciosa plant, it’s easy to do! All you need is a sharp knife or pruning shears, water, a container for the cutting to soak in, rooting hormone (optional), and a clear plastic bag. Be sure to disinfect your tools before use, and take care not to damage the stem when taking your cutting. Soak the cutting in water or dip it into rooting hormone before placing it in the soil. Make sure to keep the lower end of the cutting wet at all times. Monitor your newly propagated Monstera for signs of rot, and once it has rooted and started growing again be sure to harden it off before transplanting outdoors.
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