How to Propagate Monstera in Water (Easy Method)

The split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa), often just referred to as monstera, is a terrific houseplant to grow if you’re just getting into container gardening. As one plant grows bigger, you’ll want to take cuttings to form new plants. Monstera’s large leaves and clean stalks make this a relatively easy task.

Propagating Monstera in Water

If you’re not thrilled about the mess that soil can make, you can propagate monstera in water, eventually transferring it to a pot with soil. The best time to do this is in spring or summer:

Step 1

Have everything ready. As basic as this sounds, it’s easy to forget something that you need right as you’re cutting into the plant. Gather your shears or scissors, isopropyl alcohol, a clean cloth or paper towel, an empty container that is clean, and distilled water. You can buy distilled water at grocery stores and big box stores.

Step 2

Dampen the cloth or paper towel with isopropyl alcohol. This is the cleaning and sanitizing alcohol you buy at drugstores, also sometimes called rubbing alcohol. Wipe the pruning shears or scissors and the interior of the container with the cloth or towel. Ensure you clean all corners and parts.

Step 3

Choose the specific stems you want to remove from the main plant, and look for a node and a leaf on each. The node is the place where new stems emerge and grow. You absolutely need a node. Any monstera stem you cut off that doesn’t have a node will not root because it won’t have the cellular material that forms new roots. You’ll also need at least one leaf because the leaf is what will conduct photosynthesis, turning sunlight into food for the new plant.

Step 4

Cut the stem at a point close to but under the node, by maybe about a quarter of an inch. Don’t cut into the node, and don’t worry if the distance isn’t exactly a quarter of an inch; you can take a bit more of the stem. Try not to cut more than a half an inch below the node.

Step 5

Drop the stem, node side first, of course, into the container.

Step 6

Fill the container with distilled water. Fill it to about three-quarters of the way full.

Step 7

Repeat all the steps with additional stems you want to cut off. Technically you can place more than one stem in a big container, but if you intend to plant these stems in soil after they’ve rooted, keeping the stems in separate containers is best. Otherwise, you risk the roots becoming tangled up with each other, making it difficult to separate the cuttings when you want to plant them in soil.

Step 8

Place each container in a spot that gets either dappled sun or partial sun, such as morning sun and afternoon shade.

Step 9

Rinse off the cuttings and roots occasionally and fill the container with fresh, distilled water as needed.

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