Ask a Question forum: Monstera Obliqua “Swiss Cheese Vine” Is it too big?

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Name: Hapigrlca
Kitchener, Ontario (Zone 6a)
Sep 4, 2016 1:36 PM CST
Hi there,
I have a large Monstera Obliqua and it seems to be rather large to me.
It is very healthy and I'm wondering if I could split it into 2 or 3 separate plants.
Or would that just be a death sentence for this big guy?
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Name: Tara
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Sep 4, 2016 1:49 PM CST
This guy is more of a climber, than a hanger.

I think I'd be more apt to try this...
or something along that line...

It looks really good to me. You could always just start cuttings.
But if your heart is set on dividing, and hanging...I don't think you'd kill it, but it would look rather sparse for a while. But then again, you'd have more pots of plants! Thumbs up

Long answer short? No, I don't think it would kill it. Smiling

Name: Alyssa Blue
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Sep 4, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Well the plant looks really large to be hanging now. Monsters get big, it's their nature. I don't have advice for splitting it, as mine haven't needed that yet, but in general most plants tolerate splitting well during the growth season.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Sep 4, 2016 2:41 PM CST
Very pretty pot! I cut pieces off of mine to take root often. Look for a node with a nice aerial root. Whenever the tip of a vine is cut, a new one must form farther back on the original stem. Often more than one will form. An easy way to increase the number of vines is to cut off any amount of the tip from just the newest little leaf to a piece big enough to propagate.

Yours is still a smallish mass of it. There are more pics here:
Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera obliqua)

Vines like to climb/be wound around supports as well as dangle. This pot has Pothos & Swiss cheese vine. It's purely utilitarian vs. pretty at the moment, in a 5-gallon bucket with 4-foot tomato cage.
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Name: Elaine
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Sep 5, 2016 11:18 AM CST
I think your plant looks lovely, but agree, it might be happier climbing than hanging. So maybe when you re-pot it, put it in a nice big pot on the floor with a trellis or a burlap climbing post in there with it, and let it go vertical? Or maybe if you just hang it about 3ft. lower the trailing stems could be trained to climb up the hanger.

If you want it to just stay put in the basket at that size, take cuttings when you need to thin or shorten the plant, root them in smaller pots and give them away to friends if you don't want to keep them. They do start very nicely as long as the cutting already has some roots showing. These plants are good air purifiers, and give you extra oxygen too.

Asking a forum of gardeners if your beautiful healthy plant is "too big" is sort of a foreign language to us. Rolling on the floor laughing As long as there's room in front of the window, there can't be too many plants and no plant can be too big or too healthy.

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