Split Leaf Philodendron, also known as Monstera deliciosa, is an evergreen climbing plant and a popular houseplant. It’s easy to grow and propagate from stem cuttings. With the right care, it can produce large glossy leaves with unique splits or holes in them. In this article, we’ll look at how to propagate split leaf philodendron using stem cuttings for maximum success.
The best time to take split leaf philodendron cuttings is during the summer months when the plant is actively growing. You should choose a healthy stem with several nodes (visible bumps that are visible on the stems of certain plants). The cutting should be about 4-6 inches long and free of any signs of disease or insect damage. Once you’ve chosen your cutting, use a sharp knife or pair of scissors to make a clean cut just below one of these nodes on each side. This will ensure that there are plenty of points where roots can form once planted in soil or water later on in the propagation process.
Remove all but two leaves from each cutting so as not to overload it with too much foliage when planting them later on – this will help prevent root rot due to excess moisture buildup within the potting mix itself if propagated in soil rather than water alone. It’s also important that you remember which end was up before removing those leaves; that way you’ll know which direction your new roots will form in!
Propagating In Soil
Fill a small container (or separate individual pots) with well-draining potting mix suitable for tropical houseplants such as Split Leaf Philodendrons – don’t use garden soil as it may contain pests/disease organisms and isn’t designed for indoor potted plants like these! Make sure your medium has been moistened prior to planting by adding some water until it feels evenly damp throughout – but never soggy! Create small indentations along each side of the potting mixture where your stem cuttings will sit upright without falling over; then carefully place them inside so their ends are buried slightly beneath surface level (but not completely submerged). Afterward lightly press down around them again ensuring they stay put before moving onto step three: watering & misting regularly afterwards every few days until established – typically after about 6 weeks root growth should be visible through either air layering method used here or via observation upon repotting afterward if attempted instead firstly directly into soil initially versus say propagating via water only if preferred otherwise!