Variegated Monstera Care
Monstera Grow Tips:
Monstera can be rooted in either water or directly in potting mix. Note: Water rooting tends to be more prone to stem rot issues than soil propagation.
For water rooting: Simply place the cutting in filtered water and place in a location with bright indirect light. Ideally keep the cutting upright and not completely submerged. It’s best for the top part of the stem to be out of the water. Regularly change the water. Roots will develop over the next few weeks. Do not add fertilizer to water when rooting. Transfer to potting mix when roots are developed.
Potting Mix Rooting: We typically plant cuttings directly into potting mix as the roots can develop throughout the soil and this give the roots some aeration that water does not provide. Use a 6”-8” pot (preferably 6” — larger pots will dry more slowly). Plant the cutting with the bottom stem down into the soil up to where the leaf stem meets the “main stem” so that the top stem is out of the mix. If your cutting has an aerial root, it helps to have it planted into the mix. Water thoroughly after planting, then allow the mix to dry so that the top 1/2”-1” is mostly dry before thoroughly watering again. Monstera is not picky about potting soil and will thrive in just about any peat or coir based potting mix found in your local garden center. Perlite may be added at 20-35% for better drainage if not already in the mix. The cuttings root easily on their own so rooting hormone powder is not necessary and may burn the end of the stem if too much is used.
Long Term Care Once Rooted:
Light: Indirect Bright Light for faster growth, but can tolerate and grow in Lower Light.
Water: Water thoroughly when the top of the soil dries. Basically keep the mix lightly damp but not soggy wet. Use a pot that has bottom holes to allow excess water to drain.
Fertilizer: Every 2 weeks with All Purpose Fertilizer (such as NPK 20-5-10 or 20-20-20). We use Optimara 20-5-10 Plant Food for all our plants. Mix at the rate recommended on package. Increase fertilization if leaves yellow or if browning occurs on edges of leaves.