Houseplants forum→Possible to make monstera bushier?

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Name: Maddie Friel
Locust Grove GA (Zone 8a)
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madisonofriel
Jun 9, 2020 10:34 AM CST
Hi! I have had this monstera for about a year and I am looking into wether it's possible to make it bushier. I know it's a vine, but I only have one stem, which is already starting to look a little leggy. Is there a way to prune it so that it gets new leaves from the base? I was also thinking of combining my other small monstera with it to make it fuller. Good idea? bad idea?
Below is the larger one and the smaller one is the one I might combine with it into larger pot. Thanks!!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 9, 2020 11:58 AM CST
Monstera sometimes will sprout new shoots from the trunk spontaneously but usually only after they have become very old, or after there has been a small damage done to the trunk.
The only way to reliably get a 'bushier' plant is to take a top cutting and root it into the same pot or, as you said, pot more than one single stem plant together
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 9, 2020 2:02 PM CST
Some people (myself included) are also experimenting with an air layering technique on monstera deliciosa. There have been several nice successes. What you do is make a wound in the stem between 2 internodes and insert something like a piece of plastic to keep the wound from closing. This creates a small damage and will sometimes spur the plant to produce new shoots.
There is a thread about it on the Philodendron/Monstera/Aroid forum if you'd like to wander over and take a look
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