I thought I’d share a few photos and my progress on how my water propagated monstera cutting is doing. If you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been super excited about a new leaf growing (sorry, if you’re sick of seeing it haha), so it was a success!
More photos of the new leaf with fenestrations and everything else, after the jump!
Moving from Water to Soil
During propagation I changed out the water every 4-7 days (depending on how stinky it smelled) and made a point to use filtered water. I had issues with fungus and rotting on the stem cutting so I cleaned it with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide using cotton swabs. That REALLY helped and promoted the roots to start growing.
When I transitioned the water propagated cutting into soil I planted it directly into a smaller 6″ terra cotta pot because I was scared of root rot. I was debating to transition it slowly (I read people mixing soil into the water first to form a slush), but I felt the combination of using a terra cotta pot + small sized pot + keeping an eye on the soil moisture would work. Luckily, with this new leaf I can say it did! It took about 2 months until the new leaf peaked through and almost 3 weeks for it to unfurl!
I place this pot next to a South facing window so it’s a bright corner. There’s a few trees outside this window that gives it shade so I haven’t had any issue with leaf burn. It gets direct morning sunlight and indirect sun for the rest of the day!
Some roots are already starting to grow out the bottom drainage hole, so I’m itching to move it but I don’t want to shock it by moving it again so until it shows signs that it’s suffering I’ll let it be (if anyone has tips or advice on how long I should wait to repot let me know!).
Thanks for reading!