Propagation of Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa, also known as split-leaf philodendron or Swiss cheese plant, is a tropical vine with huge leaves that is usually used as a potted houseplant. Because monstera is a rainforest plant, it requires protection from direct sun, high humidity and temperatures between 68 and 85 degrees F. Monstera deliciosa is easy to propagate and you can propagate at time of the year.
Cut a 6-inch piece from the tip of a Monstera deliciosa stem. Trim off any aerial roots (thick roots that grow from the stems).
Fill a pot with equal parts of moist sand and compost. Poke a 3-inch deep hole in the soil with a pencil.
Remove the leaves from the bottom third of the cutting. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone, covering at least two leaf nodes with the product. Stick the stem into the prepared hole and pack soil around it.
Mist the cutting with water and place it in a warm, shaded area. Keep the soil moist and mist the plant two or three times a day while it roots. You will know this has occurred when there is new growth.
Prune A Monstera Deliciosa
With its jungle-like foliage, Monstera deliciosa, a relative of split leaf philodendron, makes a beautiful houseplant or, in tropical areas, a garden plant. Mark intended pruning points and pieces to be removed. Such pieces include yellowing or dead leaves, brown or black areas on the leaves or stems (these indicate burning) and areas soft to the touch (indicate rot). Remove whole or partial leaves. The leaves of a Monstera deliciosa can survive such pruning. Make the cut flush with the parent stem. Dispose of the pruned material either by burning or via the trash. Monstera deliciosa is poisonous, and the oxalic acid it contains can cause irritation.
- Pruning shears
- Planting pot
- Rooting hormone