Houseplants forum: Monstera Deliciosa Stem Propagation

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Jan 20, 2018 9:48 AM CST
Hello everyone

I hope to get some advice on how to propgate this very thick stem of a mature Monstera Deliciosa.

Thumb of 2018-01-20/Blouar/342103 Thumb of 2018-01-20/Blouar/9339fc
Thumb of 2018-01-20/Blouar/624c22 Thumb of 2018-01-20/Blouar/761741

Both ends seem to be dry and I am not entirely sure how to start the propagation process. As you can see on the photos the stem has some nodes and some aerial roots.

I will be very thankful for any advice I can get. :)


Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 20, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Wow! That's a thick stem. How long ago was it severed?

It's hard to know if it will take, but I suggest you insert one end into a vase filled with plain water. If any of the nodes are still viable, they should start to put out some roots in the next few weeks. The aerial roots are not likely to develop.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
Container Gardener Canning and food preservation Dog Lover
Jan 24, 2018 11:36 PM CST
I recently watched a video on propagating difficult cuttings. For what it's worth, what I learned was to make a fresh cut just below a node, and then scrape one side next to the node lightly, with a knife. I had never tried this method before, but tried it today with some scented geranium cuttings I just got. So, I can't say for sure if it will work.

But, a fresh cut is best before putting it in water, that I know for sure. Personally, I've never noticed any difference between using hormone powder vs. not using it. But, it would be another thing you could do to try and ensure success.

Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
Jan 24, 2018 11:58 PM CST
Narly. As Will asked, when was this cut. I would love to see a picture of the mother plant. It will be awesome it it roots. Good luck.
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
Tropicals Adeniums Plant Identifier
Jan 26, 2018 3:40 PM CST
I love Monsteras! This should root for you fairly easily. They can be rooted in water as mentioned by several, or rooted directly in some moist potting soil.

If it didn't have any or very little roots I would say water is a better way to go, but with all of those roots I would go directly into soil. At this point, I think water is an unnecessary step for this particular cutting and poses a greater risk for rot.

Apr 29, 2018 11:14 PM CST
Would be good to know how you went?? :D

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