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Portland, OR (Zone 8b)
May 23, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Hi everybody!

I'm new here and hope you guys can help me with my new Monstera! I took a leaf off of the mother plant
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and dipped it in rooting powder and stuck it in a vase. I made sure the leaf had an aerial root, but is the leaf too small?

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I just want to make sure I'm doing this right so I don't hurt my monstera by taking too many leaves off! I guess I just want to know 1) will this grow roots 2) how long should that take 3) when should I put it in a pot and 4) any other advice so my monstera can grow big + strong! :)
Thanks in advance!!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 24, 2017 12:36 PM CST
Your mother plants look GREAT !
Just treat baby the same.
Is baby one leaf ? Looks like more.
I would have rooted baby in pot, with soil. I'm not lucky, with water rooting things.
The main thing with water rooting, is to change water every day.
Thats my two-bits worth of advice.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Karen
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May 24, 2017 12:44 PM CST
I also have better luck rooting in potting soil. I don't even use the rooting hormone. They root quickly and easily. Your mother plant looks great!
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Name: Elaine
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May 24, 2017 1:54 PM CST
I agree Take your cutting out of the water and lay it with the stem in, and that root on top of some moist potting soil in a small pot. There's a reason they call that an "aerial" root - it likes to be in the air! Mist the little plant with a spray bottle once in a while, or make a little 'greenhouse' out of a plastic bag, inflated over the pot, and secured with a rubber band or something.

Also for future reference, there is no need to change the water when you are rooting other types of cuttings in water, and in fact sometimes it deters the formation of roots. Many plants secrete their own rooting hormones from the cuttings, so when you change the water out too often, you discard that beneficial stuff the plant has been producing. Only change the water if it gets murky or stinky. (those things indicate bacterial growth)

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Portland, OR (Zone 8b)
May 25, 2017 4:58 AM CST
Thanks for the tips everyone! Im so glad my plants look healthy, I've never had monstera before and I just did major surgery on them because when I got them they were planted together and I was afraid of one taking all the sunlight, nutrients, etc. Anyways yeah, the cutting is one leaf there is another smaller monstera pictured in the background which made it look like multiple leaves :)

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