What is Monstera?
Monstera is a type of tropical evergreen climber that originates from Central America and parts of South America. Its scientific name is Monstera deliciosa, sometimes referred to as the Swiss cheese plant or split-leaf philodendron. It’s known for its large, perforated leaves that create an interesting pattern. The plant can be grown indoors or outdoors and makes an excellent addition to any home garden.
How to Propagate Monstera in Water
Propagating monstera in water is a relatively easy process that will help you increase your collection without having to purchase new plants. Before you start propagating, it’s important to make sure you have healthy cuttings with at least two intact leaf nodes (the spots on the stem where the leaves grow). Here’s how it works:
1) Cut off several pieces from the stem below a node using sharp scissors or pruning shears; avoid cutting above any growing points since this will compromise the health of your plant. Make sure each cutting has several inches of stem attached—this helps ensure successful root development during propagation.
2) Place your cuttings into individual containers filled with clean water; use only distilled or filtered water if possible so as not to introduce additional mineral deposits into your propagations setup which could lead to fungus gnats or other pests infesting your environment later on down the line! If desired, add liquid rooting hormone solution at this time according to package instructions – this helps encourage more successful root formation on hardwood cuttings such as monsteras!
3) Leave them in indirect sunlight away from direct heat sources like radiators and vents; although some people prefer leaving their containers uncovered, adding plastic wrap over top can help keep moisture levels consistent while also blocking out potential contaminants like dust particles which could damage roots before they even get started! Change out fresh water every few days – about once weekly should do it depending on temperature/humidity conditions where you live (hotter climates may need more frequent changes!).
4) Within 2-4 weeks (give or take), small white roots should begin sprouting from nodal points along each cutting’s stem – don’t be alarmed if these progress slowly as monsteras are notoriously slow growers when compared against other houseplants commonly propagated via water methodologies! Once robustly rooted however, transfer each one individually into potting soil for further growth/cultivation until eventually repotting becomes necessary due size constraints imposed by original container choice made upon initial propagation commencement period… but we’ll cross that bridge when we come too 😉
Propagation by division is an easy way to increase your collection of monsteras without having to buy new plants. All it takes is patience and following these steps: making sure healthy cuttings have enough stem attached and using distilled/filtered water for filling individual containers; leaving them in indirect sunlight away from direct heat sources; changing out fresh water every few days; keeping an eye out for small white roots appearing after around two weeks – then transferring them into potting soil afterwards! Good luck with getting those babies growing strong – happy planting 🙂