Propagate Monstera: How To Propagate The Window Leaf In Water

Monstera propagate in water

Because I found this so fascinating, I tried propagating Monsteras myself. My tips: Always take a branch of two leaves and at least one aerial root. Then I put it in water and wait until many roots have formed. Then I put the plant in good soil, where it usually grows quickly. By the way, the more aerial roots the offshoot has, the more reliably and quickly new roots will form in the water container.

In the photos you can see how the monstera develops the fine roots in the water from the aerial root. Just as I spray the large Monstera about once a week with distilled water (otherwise there will be lime spots), I do the same with the offshoots in the water bath. By the way, it takes some time until roots appear: You have to be patient for about one month.

Monstera cuttings: When to plant

In the photos below you can see how the offshoot has rooted in the water. When it looks like this and can form strong roots in the water, I put it in soil, where it then usually takes root quickly and forms new leaves.

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Propagate Monstera: Two variants

As described above, I always propagate my Monstera from a cutting with two leaves. This has the advantage that the Monstera grows faster and in my experience grows faster and forms more stable roots right at the beginning. BUT: You can also cut off one leaf below the “node”. Make sure that the leaf has an aerial root – that’s where your new root will come out later. Here below you can see the two variants. Both work!

Put Monstera offshoot in soil

At some point, the offshoot will begin to root in the water, and later a new leaf will often form. This is the time to repot. When the cutting has formed a new leaf, that is the best proof that the plant has rooted well and is strong enough for new shoots.

I use green plant soil. This is adapted to the needs of plants like the monstera. The soil should be rich in nutrients, especially for young plants. It is ideal if you put the monstera in a slightly larger pot, so it has room to spread. You can also provide a moss pole as a climbing aid, which the monstera can use to climb up.

I always place my propagated Monstera offshoots on a sunny windowsill. The plants also tolerate shady locations well. You’ll see how the leaf structure changes depending on how much sun the leaves get. For example, my leaves have many nicks and holes.

Propagate Monstera: How To Propagate The Window Leaf In Water

Monstera propagate and care – My tips

  • The Monstera likes humid locations. I always spray the leaves with distilled water. Distilled because otherwise there will be lime spots on the plants.
  • In the summer, you can also put the plant outside in a semi-sunny spot.
  • My big plant grows on a moss stick*. This way it gets a tall shape and the leaves don’t droop at some point.
  • What I have not tested myself is clay granules*. The granules are supposed to store water. I want to test this soon.
  • I always direct the aerial roots into the soil. This way the plant can absorb nutrients and moisture with the help of the aerial roots.
  • Speaking of aerial roots: You can also hang the aerial roots in a container filled with water. The plant then draws its moisture from this.
Propagate Monstera: How To Propagate The Window Leaf In Water
  • Monsteras forgive it if they have to thirst a little. What they do not tolerate at all is waterlogging. Then there is the danger that the roots rot. Therefore I water only once a week, but then abundantly.
  • I notice that my big monstera quickly grows new leaves when: It stands in the sun, at the window. I water it abundantly and fertilize it from time to time with green plant fertilizer*.
  • Too much fertilizer is again nothing for the plant. Therefore I dose there sparingly. In summer the plant gets a load of fertilizer once a month. In winter I do not fertilize at all.
  • I fight again and again with scale insects. There are of course chemical remedies against it, but I remove the scale insects in the meantime only with a cloth and make sure that there are not too many. This works quite well.
  • Again and again my Monstera has brown leaf ends. Then I don’t water for one or two weeks, that helps. Therefore, I suspect the brown leaves indicate too much moisture in the soil.