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How to Propagate a Monstera Deliciosa: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Monstera Deliciosa, also known as the Swiss Cheese plant, is one of the most loved houseplants in the world. Its stunning tropical foliage adds a touch of elegance to any space. Plus, it's super easy to propagate, so you can save your pennies and grow new plants from your existing ones for free! Woohoo! 

You'll be propagating your green beauty in no time with these few simple steps.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

To start the propagation process, you'll need a few things:

  • A healthy Monstera Deliciosa plant with at least one mature leaf and node.
  • Clean, sharp scissors or a knife.
  • A clean glass or jar filled with water.
  • A rooting hormone (optional).
The anatomy of a Monsera with tags saying "leaf", "Node", "Petiole", "Stem", and "Root".

Step 2: Identify the Node

Nodes are the small bumps on the stem of your Monstera where new leaves and roots can grow. To propagate your plant, you'll need to identify a node at least a few inches away from the last leaf on the stem. This will ensure that your new plant has enough space to grow roots.

Step 3: Cut the Stem

Make a clean cut just below the node you identified in the step above using your scissors or knife. You should have a cutting that's a few inches long with one mature leaf.

Step 4: Prepare the Cutting

Remove any leaves that are below the node on your cutting. This will help prevent the cutting from rotting in the water. If you're using rooting hormone, dip the cut end of your cutting into the hormone powder.

Young Monstera plant growing in a clear glass vase.

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Step 5: Place the Cutting in the Water

Fill your clean vessel with water and place the cutting in the water with the node submerged. Ensure that the bottom of the stem does not touch the bottom of the jar or glass.

Step 6: Change the Water

Every few days, change the water in your jar or glass. This will help prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi that could harm your cutting.

Step 7: Wait for Roots to Grow

After a few weeks, you should see roots growing from the node on your cutting. Once the roots are a few inches long, you can transplant your new plant into the soil.

Step 8: Transplant Your New Plant

Choose a pot slightly larger than your new plant's root ball. Fill the pot with well-draining potting soil and create a hole for your plant. Carefully place your new plant into the hole, ensuring the roots are covered with soil. Water your new plant well and place it in bright, indirect light.

And there you have it! You've successfully propagated a Monstera plant!

If you want to learn more about this plant, head to our plant guide.