Houseplants forum: Monstera water propagation strange white things

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vertclaire
May 16, 2018 2:38 PM CST
This monstera deliciosa cutting has been in water for 10 days. This white things appeared on the aerial roots. Is it good or bad? Baby roots or mold?
After how long can I expect seeing some roots ?
Many thanks in advance for any help !
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WillC
May 16, 2018 5:29 PM CST
Neither good nor bad. Neither baby roots nor mold. Change the water weekly and be patient. New roots will emerge from the node, not from the aerial roots.
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plantladylin
May 16, 2018 5:56 PM CST
Have the roots with the white nodules been submerged in water? My first thought was that they looked like mealybugs but if they have actually been in the water, I wonder if they might be emerging nodes of little feeder roots? I hope you will keep us posted with updates!
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purpleinopp
May 17, 2018 8:12 AM CST
Yes, if those are the roots in water, it looks like root primordia to me.
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vertclaire
May 17, 2018 12:32 PM CST
Yes the root was in water so hopefully not mealybugs.
I will let you know how it goes.
Maybe I watch it to much and need to learn a little patience ;-)
(It's my first water propagation so beginners enthousiasm)
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purpleinopp
May 17, 2018 2:24 PM CST
Even when propagating something for the 1000th time, I usually still feel impatience and enthusiasm. It's addicting. Smiling It's so fun to be sharing your first try!
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vertclaire
May 17, 2018 3:07 PM CST
Looks like I caught the bug then :-)
Thank you for your comments and support !
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vertclaire
May 19, 2018 3:12 AM CST
Update!
This looks more like a root Hurray!
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vertclaire
Jun 3, 2018 12:01 AM CST
Smiling
The white weird things are still here but also nice big roots so I'm happy.
No idea when to put it in soil though. What do you usually do?
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WillC
Jun 3, 2018 9:15 AM CST
There is no precise "right time" to move your rooted cutting into soil. You can do it now or you can wait. Your choice.

When you do, use a small terra cotta pot filled with a peat-based potting mix.
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Yukani
Sep 30, 2019 4:31 AM CST
So, I know the thread isn't active anymore but I'll just give it a try since this is the only page where I found someone with the same problem I'm having right now with my variegated Monstera cutting. Crying
After being in water for like 4 days, she developed the same weird white things on the aerial root.

How did they turn out at yours and did you take any steps on fighting them, @vertclaire?

HildaHajdu
Nov 6, 2019 5:39 AM CST
Hi @Yukani! I'm having the same issue. The roots are developing fine, but there is this white stuff, and i don't know if i should worry about it.
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WillC
Nov 6, 2019 6:49 PM CST
@HildaHajdu - If the white stuff is soft and cotton-like, then it is probably mealybug.
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