Houseplants forum→Monstera cutting medium transition

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Name: Jasmyn Delgado
Arizona (Zone 9b)
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Jasmynssansevieria
Jun 1, 2018 10:43 PM CST
Hey guys I've had a monstera cutting in a glass of water for about 2 weeks and a half now and the cutting now has one long root and two medium sized roots. The cutting's roots have been growing at a steady rate of 1/2 inch per day, and I'm not kidding. Seeing as the cutting was doing pretty well (it is developing a new leaf) I decided to put the baby monstera in a pot with some soil and a stake for it to attach to (but I don't think it'll be needing it anytime soon) before it grew too accustomed to water. Anyway, my question is, how can I help the plant to better transition from the water to soil? I was thinking to put a plastic bag around the pot and tie it just over where the stems come out from the dirt in order to maintain moisture. Would this be ok or should I leave it be?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 2, 2018 7:47 AM CST
The key to a successful transition is not unlike trying to root cuttings directly in soil. It requires a soilless, peat-based, porous potting mix with added perlite and a small pot. The porous potting mix and small pot will help maintain the even dampness around the roots. Of course, you will have to monitor the soil moisture carefully, especially in the early stages.

The plastic bag is unnecessary as long as you monitor the soil moisture carefully.
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