Monstera adansonii is known as a fast-growing vining plant that is most commonly found in Central and South America. This plant is capable of growing as vines from hanging baskets and can climb walls.
The Monstera adansonii is stunning, and one can never have enough of it. That is at least how I feel about it. You can even try to propagate it and grow a whole new plant to gift to your friends.
How to Propagate Monstera Adansonii
Monstera adansonii can be propagated in sphagnum moss, perlite, water, or directly in soil. In order to propagate a Monstera adansonii you take a stem cutting with at least one node and 1-3 leaves if possible. A cutting without a leaf is fine too, as long as there is at least one node. Cuttings without a node are not viable for propagation purposes. Put the cutting into a growing medium or water. Within 3-4 weeks, the first roots will start to emerge.
Monstera adansonii Propagation Video – Step By Step Guide
Propagating Monstera Adansonii in Soil
You can propagate your Monstera adansonii in soil by taking a cutting with a few leaves present on it. First, take a sanitized and sharp pair of scissors.
You can also propagage Monstera adansonii without any leaves as long as the cutting has a node.
Trim a cutting that is 1/4 inch below the node. Make sure there is at least one node on the cutting because that is where the roots will sprout out from.
Remove some of the leaves from the bottom of the cutting so that a few inches of the stem are left empty. This will allow the cutting to be inserted into the soil.
Place the plant in a location where bright, indirect sunlight is available. Then water the soil and keep it moist daily.
In two to four weeks, the roots will start to grow. Continue to fertilize your plant during the spring and summer seasons.
Provide it with the same care as an adult Monstera adansonii.
Propagating Monstera Adansonii in Water
In order to propagate Monstera adansonii, you will also have to take a ¼ inch cutting that has a few leaves present on it. Make sure there is one node present on the cutting since roots will grow out from this node.
Remove some of the leaves from the bottom of the cutting and put the cutting in a glass of water. Make sure that the node is also underwater.
Place the cutting in an area where indirect sunlight is present. Make sure to change the water when it starts to get murky and refill it when the water goes below the node.
You will eventually see little roots sprouting out in two to three weeks. But it will take a few more weeks before you can transfer the cutting into the soil.
Once the roots become three to four inches long, you can transfer the cutting into the soil. The soil should be well-draining, and the pot should also have proper drainage holes.
How to Care for a Propagated Monstera Adansonii
Newly propagated Monstera adansonii does well in the same temperature levels as a fully mature Monstera Adansonii. You should keep your propagated plant in the temperature range of 64 – 81 °F (18 to 27 °C).
Never keep your newly propagated Monstera adansonii in temperature levels below 64°F or 18°C. This will stop the growth of your plant and can even kill your plant.
Make sure to provide your newly propagated Monstera Adansonii with bright, indirect sunlight. You can even use “grow lights” to create the perfect lighting for your plant.
Keep the plant away from direct sunlight until it is mature. A fully grown Monstera adansonii can withstand a few hours of direct sunlight, but newly propagated Monstera adansonii will not do well.
Make sure to keep your adansonii in humidity levels that are above 60%. A humidity level of 90% is best for this plant, but this is hard to achieve indoors.
You can use a humidifier to help with this process. But if you cannot afford one, you can use a tray and fill it with water and pebbles.
Once the water evaporates, the surrounding humidity around your Monstera Adansonii will start to increase.
If you have propagated your Monstera in water, then every time you change the water, you must add fertilizer to it.
However, if you propagated it in soil, then fertilizing it once every month during the spring and summer seasons will be enough.
Make sure you use an NPK ratio of 20-20-20. You can use it as a liquid fertilizer or even as a slow-releasing fertilizer.
Monstera adansonii needs well-draining soil, or else its roots can start to rot. You can create this well-draining soil by using orchid bark, charcoal, peat moss, and perlite.
You also need to make sure that the pH level does not go above 7.0. The pH should remain between 5.5 and 7.0.
Pros and Cons of Growing Propagated Monstera Adansonii in Water
If you grow your Monstera Adansonii in water, then it is less messy. Soil can easily get spilled everywhere, especially if you have pets and children.
If you live in a small house or apartment, then the mess that the soil creates is extremely noticeable.
Letting your propagated Monstera Adansonii grow in water also reduces the risk of pests invading your plant.
Damp soil is the biggest attraction for these pests, and most of them attack the roots, which makes the damage irreversible.
It is also easier to repot your Monstera adansonii when it is being grown in water. All you will have to do is gently remove the plant from the water.
Then take a larger container and fill it with water. Proceed to place your plant into the larger container, and keep changing the water every time it gets murky.
It is more of a hassle to grow your Monstera adansonii in water, especially since you need to change the water almost every day. This is a waste of a large amount of water.
The combination of organic matter and water will cause the buildup of algae on the roots and stems of your plant. This can also cause bacteria to form, leading to root rot.
The more the buildup, the fewer nutrients your plant will be able to absorb, which will end up killing your plant.
The growth rate is also extremely slow in water. This is because the soil has more oxygen, nutrients, and proper stability for your plant.
Since Monstera Adansonii is not a naturally growing water plant, it can not thrive in these conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions about Propagating Monstera Adansonii
How long will it take for my propagated Monstera adansonii to grow roots?
It can take up to four weeks for a Monstera adansonii to start growing new roots.
Can it take my Monstera adansonii longer than 4 weeks to grow roots?
Root formation can be delayed as a result of a lack of nutrients or because you did not take a proper cutting. Make sure there is at least one node present on the cutting, or else it will never develop into a viable plant. If the cutting has at least one leaf it will speed up the propagation process.
Conclusion About Propagating Monstera Adansonii
The best way to propagate Monstera adansonii is by taking a stem cutting. Make sure that you cut the stem with a clean pruning knife, shear, or scissors that you have disinfected before. Ensure that the cutting has at least one node and 1-3 leaves. Remove the bottom leaves of the cutting and put the cutting either into water, Sphagnum moss, or soil. Wait 3-4 weeks until roots start to form. Replant the cutting once the roots are 2-3 inches long.