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May 24, 2020 5:41 AM CST

Hi!

I have been rooting my Monstera for about a month now, it has been sitting in clear water container, filtered water changed daily in bright spot.
Initially it has been going great with node growth and the aerial roots also sprouting some roots:
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Then Monstera started rotting (black soft tissue on stem ends, yellow/black halo on leaf edges), so I cut off the rot, let it dry out for a day (as per some advice on this forum) and sealed it with wax. The small roots off the aerial root dried off as a result too (as expected unfortunately). I then moved it to perlite with water at the bottom, I added some hydrogen peroxide as well to oxidise it. I also placed the node slightly above perlite, so it is in contact with it but not fully submerged.
It seems however, that the nod itself started rotting too (it became very thin and the black film on top has been coming off it.
I am considering if it's dead already or if I should treat it further with fungicide and give it a go simply planting it with perlite/orchid bark/sphagnum moss/coco coir mix?

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thank you for your help!
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May 25, 2020 12:35 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I would treat it with fungicide and plant it
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Avatar for Gabi567
May 26, 2020 2:49 AM CST

Thank you for your reply Gina! I have now treated it with fungicide (provanto) and planted it! I will keep this post updated on how it is progressing.
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Jul 12, 2020 5:43 AM CST

I ended up trimming the air root almost completely as it kept rotting even in moss/bark/perlite mix and after the fungicide treatment:
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However, this is the cutting now! Thank you Gina for great advice, as you see the cutting was saved and developed new root system against the odds:
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Jul 12, 2020 6:50 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I am so happy for you Gabi!!!!! You will get a lot of enjoyment out of it
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Avatar for Lydiahough
Nov 24, 2020 8:04 AM CST

Hi the same thing is happening with my propagation, the aerial root is rotting, do you recommend I cut it back completely?
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