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Apr 12, 2018 9:24 PM CST
Toronto
I got this rooted monstera cutting, but without the top leaf which usually has new leaf push out from. So, where do I expect the new leaf coming from? Or it will not grow new leaf at all?

Second question, I filled water all the way to the tip of the aerial root, should I leave some above the water? I am very confused.
Thanks so much!
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Apr 13, 2018 10:22 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Any new growth on your Monstera will likely emerge at the same place as the top leaf or from that leaf stem.

The aerial root is not going to do anything except slowly rot, so I suggest you cut it off. Meanwhile, you do have some healthy white roots that have developed. When those roots are a couple of inches in length, transfer the cutting to a small pot filled with a porous, peat-based, soilless potting mix and keep it damp so the roots can make the transition from water to soil.
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Apr 13, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Toronto
Thanks will for your answers and suggestion. They are very helpful!

I looked at my plant again, and found those new roots are all coming from the aerial root. My pictures didn't tell the truth. See my new pictures. But I do see some white spots on lower part of the main stem (see 2nd pic). Not sure what they are.
And also, What's the water level I should go with to encourage the leaf to come, above or beneath the old cuts?

Thanks again Will!

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Apr 13, 2018 1:04 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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I suggest that you cut off and discard the aerial root above where the white roots have emerged. The white spots may be more roots starting to emerge. Nothing to be concerned about.

The joint or node where the roots are emerging needs to be covered with water at all times. The water level can be an inch or so above that, but not much more.
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Apr 13, 2018 8:22 PM CST
Toronto
Great, my concerns are fully resolved! Hurray! Thank You! pro!
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Apr 13, 2018 8:38 PM CST
Name: Tofi
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I would give a bit suggestion

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the aerial roots seems to be all alive tissue up to it's end, I can see new root "bud" there (red arrow), if this is mine, I wouldn't cut any of the root, it does not cause any harm to left it intact, but if you cut it, the plants lost some absorbing tool there (roots including aerial roots absorb moisture and nutrient better than stem or leaves, (that is one of their main job), and they also contains some nutrient there in that tissue, cuttings need all their resources to start a living, until they are ready)
the new growth will be on the green arrow, but it seems like you have only one budding point, the other is all ready grown but then cut (yellow arrow), there is a chance that new growth came from the yellow area, since, some tiny bud-points can be exist there, but the chance is slim, except if this is grown in optimal condition like in tissue culture.
So in my opinion this is not a very good section for propagation (only two segment, with one intact bud)
I see browning and whitish/defect near the bud, (white arrow), that could possess concern of rotting risk, be careful with your water, change it periodically.
The blue arrow is also aerial root bud, there is only one leaves-bud per segment, they are always above segment line, bit lateral to center of petiole. but there can be multiple root but per segment.

wish you the best growing
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Apr 14, 2018 5:47 PM CST
Toronto
Wow, @Tofitropic, that is an awesome post with detailed anatomy, diagnosis and analysis! I really appreciate all your work! It makes me understand this baby much better now. I will save both of your posts for future guidance. I exaimined the Browning part again and rinsed off some old tissues. That's is how it looks now.

Thanks again for help. Thank You!
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Apr 14, 2018 6:16 PM CST
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happy to join the discussion, it's nice to see how people growing things in different climate, with different method.
hope that you'll post the update...
I wish your monstera grows well (or even becoming prety monster, and you could taste monstera fruit Smiling ), and thanks for the acorn, really appreciate it...
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Apr 14, 2018 8:39 PM CST
Toronto
I am glad that I found this gardening community. This is my 1st post. I was impressed that I got great replies so quickly . Thank for your wishes, for sure I will come back and update how my baby plant is doing. .
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Jul 20, 2018 9:27 PM CST
Toronto
Hey I am back with some updates! After 2.5 months, a new leaf emerged at the budding spot exactly as Tofi predicted. As he suspected, the second likely budding spot is apearing too! It has been 2 weeks now, should I plant it to soil now? Where will the soil level because there are so many roots above the new leaf.
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Jul 21, 2018 10:52 PM CST
Name: Tofi
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Congratulation... wow.. that is a great success you have there... sooo many roots.... Drooling
and thank you for the update... it will be great reference for other..
I have no doubt now, that you will successfully grow it great, in the future.
Perhaps it is ready for the soil.
When I grow monstera's cutting, I keep the bud above soil, most root will be buried, but some exposed to the air will be just fine, keeping the soil moist, is essential..
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perhaps it could be planted with the soil level indicated as the red line...
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Jul 23, 2018 7:23 PM CST
Toronto
Yes! it will also help others who have the same concerns! Thanks again Tofi for your inputs! Now I planted it in general potting soil. I buried most of the roots, but some roots are partially in the soil, partially in the air. Not sure if I should leave the top roots completely in the air.

I found one of the two leaves got some burnt lately (see pics). I guess it is from too much direct sun exposure in the later afternoon (I left him in the West facing windowsill), or maybe just aging caused it? Anything I should worry about? I am so sorry for so many questions, I just want him to be under right care ❤. Thank you!
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Jul 26, 2018 5:46 PM CST
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One of the leaves has completely turned yellow. I guess I am losing him *Blush* . But luckily I got the new leaf growing nicely.
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Sep 3, 2019 5:48 PM CST
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I have also a stem cutting for the monstera adansonii with no leaves at all....am I wasted my time having it in water to root? Can I grow a plant from that stem?
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If there are little nodes (they look like little bumps) along the stem of your Swiss Cheese Philodendron (Monstera adansonii) it should produce roots at each of those nodes. I've never rooted a stem in water, I usually lay the stem atop the soil and weigh it down with rocks; roots and stems eventually form where each node touches the soil.
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Feb 5, 2020 11:39 PM CST
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WillC said:I suggest that you cut off and discard the aerial root above where the white roots have emerged. The white spots may be more roots starting to emerge. Nothing to be concerned about.

The joint or node where the roots are emerging needs to be covered with water at all times. The water level can be an inch or so above that, but not much more.


You should never cut off the arial root when you are trying to start a new plant. This is where all the new roots will emerge from. It does no harm to the plant leaving the entire root intact. Smiling
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Feb 6, 2020 6:12 PM CST
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In most instances, the new roots form at and emerge from the node, not the aerial root.
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Aug 10, 2021 4:37 PM CST

WillC said:In most instances, the new roots form at and emerge from the node, not the aerial root.


We've done hundreds of propagations of monstera deliciosa and monstera Adansonii.

80% of the time the roots will come from the aerial roots first, and whenever we've tried propagating without an aerial root its taken twice as long to root or not rooted at all.
So in our experience they are important and best left intact if you want to be more successful with the propagation.

Also, to date we've never had any aerial roots rot either. If you ever trim an aerial root down or accidentally snap one, let it dry / callous over for 12 - 24hrs before putting it in water or planting it.
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