Monstera Deliciosa makes a popular houseplant. The holes and splits on its evergreen leaves give it a gorgeous appearance. People love to grow it for the aesthetic value it adds to homes. If you are also considering it, you will be glad to know that it doesn’t have too many requirements and can be grown from seeds. Besides, growing plants from seeds is always a thrilling journey.
How to Grow Monstera Deliciosa from Seed?
To grow a Monstera Deliciosa plant, you would have to germinate its seeds first. For that, you can plant them in a small pot or a paper cup with a drainage hole. It would be best if you cover your container with plastic wrap. Monstera Deliciosa seeds want adequate moisture, indirect light, and ample warmth to germinate. The sprouts and leaves would appear within a month after that, shifting them to a bigger pot would also be a good idea.
Why Use Seeds to Grow Monstera Deliciosa?
Growing your own Monstera plant is a lovely idea because it saves a lot of costs. You won’t have to pay for the price and shipping of a fully-grown and expensive plant.
Besides, observing your seedlings grow into mature plants is a fantastic process. It takes you on a journey and lets you learn about each growth stage. I also love watching the growth procedure for my seedlings.
Many people find that their plants tend to develop problems at some point, including fungal infections and mites like mealybugs.
Growing Monstera Deliciosa from seeds will give you a sense of comfort against such risks. It is because you will be starting afresh.
How to Identify Monstera Deliciosa Seeds?
Seeds of some plants rot faster than others. Likewise, Monstera Deliciosa seeds are also prone to quick decay. So, you must ensure that you buy healthy and fresh seeds for this plant.
Monstera seeds are hard to find for this reason.
It is best if you buy them from a nursery instead of an online store. This way, you can examine them beforehand and make sure they are what you are looking for and not some sort of bird food you might get when ordering from the internet.
Monstera Deliciosa seeds are smaller than peas and shaped like beans. They have a papery texture and brown color.
However, the fresh ones also have a tinge of grass-green. Their sizes can vary. Some may be half an inch long, and others are only a few centimeters long.
Unfortunately, Monstera Deliciosa seeds do not have a long shelf life. It means that they are perishable. It is why you should germinate them when they are fresh.
How to Prepare Monstera Deliciosa Seeds for Germination?
Before you germinate your seedlings, there are some steps you can take to ensure that they grow.
Some people like pre-soaking their seeds. It is beneficial when the seeds are starting to decay. Since Monstera Deliciosa seeds rot quickly, you can delay it by pre-soaking them.
To pre-soak the seeds, you will need a jar and lukewarm water. Once you have filled the jar, place the seeds in it. Next, wait from 24-48 hours so they can absorb the water.
Warm water helps break their outer layer. Consequently, seeds can germinate and grow sprouts quickly.
Creating the Set-up
There is no specific way of set-up, as long as it serves the needs of your seeds. So, you can get creative in designing a germinating environment for your Monstera Deliciosa.
The standard method would include using a nursery pot. You can use a small-sized pot that has a drainage hole at the bottom. Look for a 3-4 inches pot because that would be perfect for Monstera Deliciosa seedlings and new sprouts.
You can also utilize other containers at home and don’t have to go shopping. I enjoy germinating my houseplant seeds in plastic cups. It fits their requirements, and the reuse is also environment-friendly.
Any small-sized container, from paper cups to fruit containers, can serve your purpose. If it does not already have an opening or hole, it is best if you create one. Containers with lids are preferable since you will need a covering for Monstera Deliciosa seeds.
If you are intrigued by the growth stages of Monstera seeds, you should consider the paper towel method. It includes wrapping the seeds in a paper towel before placing them in a Ziploc bag. You will have to plant them in a well-balanced soil mix later, but it lets you monitor the earliest growth stages.
How to Plant Monstera Deliciosa Seeds?
Like mature plants, seedlings also need soil to grow. To plant your Monstera Deliciosa seeds, you should follow these instructions.
- Before you dive into the procedure, make sure you wear protective gloves. I use rubber gloves as they are easy to discard.
- It would be best if you prepared a potting mix for Monstera seeds.
Using well-balanced soil is a sensible choice as it has essential nutrients. Peat moss or sphagnum moss would make an excellent ingredient for the mix.
- Next, fill 2/3rd of your container with soil.
- Place the Monstera Deliciosa seeds on this potting mix. Then, cover them lightly with another layer of soil.
- You can use the container’s lid to cover your seeds. I prefer a transparent plastic wrapping sheet as it is readily available in the kitchen.
Conditions that Monstera Deliciosa Seeds Need for Growth
Your work is not over when you have planted the seeds. To help your Monstera Deliciosa grow into a beautiful plant, you need to activate germination. This procedure only occurs when the atmospheric conditions are suitable for the young seeds.
These are the most critical factors you need to consider.
For germination of Monstera Deliciosa seeds, nothing is as importantant as moisture. They need a humid and warm environment. Covering with a Ziploc bag helps retain the moisture.
However, it is equally essential that the soil mix is not soggy. Too much water will drown your Monstera Deliciosa seeds. Checking the texture of the soil would help you detect abnormal levels of moisture.
Having a hole on the bottom of your container will also drain the excess water.
My Monstera Deliciosa seeds grow the fastest when the weather is slightly warm. Your seeds will also need a moist and warm atmosphere before they can sprout.
It is because germination relies on enzymes present in the seeds. These enzymes only activate when the surrounding temperature is optimum. Monstera Deliciosa seeds show quick growth when the temperature ranges from 70-80 Fahrenheit (21-27 degrees Celsius).
You can ensure this by growing Monstera Deliciosa at the end of spring or the start of summer.
Seeds rarely germinate in utter dark. Monstera Deliciosa seeds also grow into healthy plants if they have slightly bright and indirect sunlight besides warmth and moisture.
Sunlight levels become more relevant once you see the sprouts. The young leaves will depend on bright and indirect sunlight to photosynthesize. Besides, sunlight is crucial for Monstera Deliciosa to develop holes and splits in its leaves.
How Long Does Growing Monstera Deliciosa from Seeds Take?
Monsteras are generally fast-growing plants. However, it is best to be patient when you are growing your Monstera Deliciosa from seeds.
I provided my Monstera Deliciosa seeds with suitable conditions when I grew my Monstera from seeds. I saw new sprouts within two weeks. However, they can also take up to a month.
Some growers don’t see any signs of germination even after a month. In that case, you may have to dig the soil to examine the seeds. If Monstera Deliciosa seeds were not fresh, to begin with, they could decay in the soil.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GROWING MONSTERA DELICIOSA FROM SEEDS
Will a Monstera plant grow from each seed?
Not all seeds germinate. It is best to plant several seeds in order to increase the chances of successfully growing Monstera plants from seeds.
When do I transfer a Monstera seedling?
Leaves indicate that it is time to move the baby Monstera plant to a more prominent location. If you used a container like a plastic cup, you should transfer the young plant to a pot.
Why is shifting Monstera Seedlings to a pot necessary?
It will give your Monstera Deliciosa more room to develop roots. You can start caring for it like a mature plant once you have repotted the Monstera seedling.
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