Houseplants forum: Monstera deliciosa cutting

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misterisse
May 16, 2016 1:27 PM CST
Hi,

I took a cutting from my mother in laws monstera, and since I am new to this I want to make sure I am doing it right. It has been in soil for a week but since I am pretty impatient today I took it up to look at it. Now I have it in water instead.

From what I can see the only thing that has happened is that the aerial root has started to make some new roots. Is that the way this works? Did I cut it at the right spot?

Also, what will (roughly) happen to the cutting over the next week? Just so I know what i can expect and what to look for!

Thank you!

BR,
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 16, 2016 2:05 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! It looks like you have some good root growth just starting. Keep it in water for a time if you don't want it in soil. But it would do fine in either. New cuttings take most of their energy to develop new roots. Once the root system is established, new leaves will form. (This is pretty much true of most plants) Your Monstera will grow like a vine. I am sure you have seen your mom's plant. It will do well on a moss pole or trellis. When you decide to pot it up in soil, it would be a good time to place a support pole or trellis in with the plant at that time.
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misterisse
May 16, 2016 2:35 PM CST
Thank you, now I feel more comfortable just leaving it in water for some weeks!

Another question, when the plant eventually starts to make new leaves, will they be about the same size and with the holes as the old ones or will they start as those small monstera leaves with no holes and slowly grow bigger?


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ShadyGreenThumb
May 16, 2016 2:57 PM CST
The new ones start rather plain, almost solid leaves. As the plant matures it puts out the more decorative leaves you want to see...splits and holes.
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plantladylin
May 16, 2016 3:12 PM CST
The new, juvenile leaves of Monstera deliciosa look sorta like the heart leaf Philodendron, only thicker, the splits begin as the leaves age and get larger:
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purpleinopp
May 17, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Hi & welcome! What a great looking cutting! Best vibes for continued success!
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WillC
May 21, 2016 8:40 AM CST
Misterisse - Your impatience will not help you with your potted plants because they require time and patience. It can take many months for a healthy set of roots to develop. Taking then in and out of soil will slow the process. If you cannot resist daily monitoring, then it is best to try propagating in water. Even after a healthy set of roots have developed, new growth will be slow to emerge and develop. You will need patience all along the way.
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AlyssaBlue
May 21, 2016 9:20 AM CST
Misterisse- I have a veriegated monstera cutting that had roots when I purchased it, and was in dirt, but no new growth until now. It's been about two months. It's been slow- nothing like what you hear about Monstera. My thought has been that it will take off later on once it gets hold and takes over the room. :)

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misterisse
May 22, 2016 9:13 AM CST
Thank you for your reply!

I'm working on not being impatience, until then the monstera stays in water! After one week in soil and now one week in water, the roots look like this:


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misterisse
Jul 26, 2016 10:31 AM CST
Update if anyone is interested:

A new leaf has been made! With the holes and everything, I guess it think it is the same age as its motherplant Smiling

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purpleinopp
Jul 26, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Beautiful! Fun update!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 26, 2016 2:03 PM CST
You got some awesome splits. Thumbs up You're on your way! Just wait til you see the leaves with holes. They are my favorite part, or non-part of the leaf! I barely have patience waiting for the leaves to turn another direction, let alone rooting. That is why I have so many other plants to keep my attention busy.
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purpleinopp
Jul 26, 2016 2:12 PM CST
This reminds me of this discussion, and is a good example of your plant retaining its' ontological age after being cut:
The thread "aging of plants?" in Ask a Question forum
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misterisse
Jul 27, 2016 11:46 AM CST
purpleinopp: Thats pretty interesting! Do you know what could have caused that with my plant? And if I for some reason don't want it to maintain its mature state, is there anything to do to prevent it?

I have a theory that i should have cut of the stem that didn't have the aerial root attached to it. I just repotted it to a bigger pot because the root growht was beyond all expectations, and I found it quite interesting that ALL of its roots came from the aerial root. Therefore the plant only have one root (the aerial root) attached to itself.

Is this the way it should be with monstera cuttings? If not, is there anything i can do to "fix it"? Maybe it's because of this the plant kept it's ontological age, maybe it still thinks it's attached to it's motherplant?

If you look at the picture in my first post in this thread, it's the stem going straight up I think i should have cut.

Thanks for all encouraging comments Smiling
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purpleinopp
Jul 27, 2016 12:21 PM CST
It looks absolutely perfect to me, a textbook example of successful results thus far, and awesome starting material. I'm not sure what aspect of your plant displeases you?
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misterisse
Aug 3, 2016 7:50 AM CST
Don't get me wrong, I am super glad for the results i've got with my monstera!

I'm just curious what might have caused my monstera to keep it's age Smiling And what one could do to cause or prevent that a plant keeps it's age.

Regarding that I think that I should've cut the stem with no aerial root: I'm just worried that not cutting it might lead to bad things in the future! As I said, now the monstera is relying on one root only (the original aerial root that has multiple roots attached to itself). I think that if i had cut the rootless stem from the beginning, more roots would have appeared to the stem that have the aerial root. BUT i might be completely wrong since I am a rookie and have nothing that supports my theory!

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