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Auckland, New Zealand
claracatz
Sep 11, 2020 2:27 PM CST
Hi everyone, I got given this v. monstera stem cutting with some roots on it already and I was wondering if it would produce any leaves and grow into a plant. I've asked around and there are mixed answers so I was hoping some experts on here might know. There are no rotten/mushy bits on it. It is in some spag moss with rooting hormone it's being kept in a prop box on a heat mat.

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I was thinking of putting some cloning paste to encourage any dormant buds to come out but not quite sure if there would be any left as I read each node only produces one leaf.
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
CPPgardener
Sep 11, 2020 4:36 PM CST
That's a VERY small piece to start a new plant with, so a long wait is probably in order. I think the cloning paste is probably overkill. Each node is where there was a single leaf and will produce a new stem and eventually a new plant.

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 11, 2020 4:52 PM CST
Some of your roots look dead. You should trim the dead ones very carefully with a sterile tool, treat this with fungicide, return it to the moss, and leave it alone. Don;t be pulling it out to check on the progress. Repot it out of the yogurt cup into a clear container (I use Duncan Donuts coffee cups because my kid works there and brings home a bunch of coffee). Cut drainage holes in the bottom with a scissor. That way you can watch the root development without pulling it out and disturbing any progress it has made. And like John said, PATIENCE. This is a tine tine cutting, has nothing to photosynthesize and give it energy to grow roots and a new shoot. So it will take extra long
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Auckland, New Zealand
claracatz
Sep 11, 2020 8:21 PM CST
CPPgardener said:That's a VERY small piece to start a new plant with, so a long wait is probably in order. I think the cloning paste is probably overkill. Each node is where there was a single leaf and will produce a new stem and eventually a new plant.

Remember that patience is a virtue and critical to gardening success. Helicopters are better for transportation than plant care.


Thanks for your reply. I just wanted to make sure it can turn into something as I've had a few telling me nothing will happen and to bin it. Cloning paste was suggested by someone else but will leave it as you suggested.
Auckland, New Zealand
claracatz
Sep 11, 2020 8:22 PM CST
Gina1960 said:Some of your roots look dead. You should trim the dead ones very carefully with a sterile tool, treat this with fungicide, return it to the moss, and leave it alone. Don;t be pulling it out to check on the progress. Repot it out of the yogurt cup into a clear container (I use Duncan Donuts coffee cups because my kid works there and brings home a bunch of coffee). Cut drainage holes in the bottom with a scissor. That way you can watch the root development without pulling it out and disturbing any progress it has made. And like John said, PATIENCE. This is a tine tine cutting, has nothing to photosynthesize and give it energy to grow roots and a new shoot. So it will take extra long



I've popped it into a clear plastic cup so it's easy for me to see. Will trim the roots as per your suggestion. Thanks!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 12, 2020 6:06 AM CST
The best thing in your favor is that even though a few of the roots need to be trimmed there doesn;t seem to be active rot on the stem
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