Where to Cut Monstera to Propagate?

Where to Cut Monstera to Propagate?

To propagate a Monstera, you need to cut directly below a node or aerial root. Cuttings need to be removed just below a node, which is the bump in the stem where new growth emerges. You can take a cutting with a few small leaves, generally 2-3 is good. Make sure to cut just below a growth point/node to ensure you have what you need to propagate. If you're propagating in water, you should be left with leaves with an attached node/aerial root. If you're propagating in soil, make a small cut in the stem near the node to prompt the plant to direct growth to that area. Once you have your cutting, you can propagate it in water, moss, or soil.

Step-by-Step Guide to Propagating Monstera

Propagating a Monstera plant might seem like a daunting task, but with a little patience and care, you can create a new plant from your existing one. Here's a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. Identify the Cutting Point: Look for a section of the stem that has a node (the bumpy area from where leaves and aerial roots grow). The node is crucial as it's where new roots will sprout.

2. Make the Cut: Using a clean, sharp pair of gardening shears or a knife, make a cut about one inch below the node. Ensure the cut is clean to avoid damaging the plant.

3. Prepare the Cutting: Remove any leaves near the base of your cutting to ensure it can focus its energy on developing new roots.

4. Root the Cutting: Place the cutting in a glass of water, ensuring the node is submerged. Change the water weekly to prevent bacteria growth.

5. Wait for Root Growth: Place the glass in a location with bright, indirect light and wait. Root growth can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month or more.

6. Plant the Cutting: Once the roots are a few inches long, you can plant the cutting in a pot with well-draining soil.

Tips for Successful Propagation:

  • Always use clean tools to prevent the spread of disease.
  • The best time to propagate is in the spring or early summer when the plant is in its active growing phase.
  • Patience is key. It might take some time for the first roots to appear, so don't be discouraged if you don't see immediate results.

Post-Propagation Care

After you've successfully propagated your Monstera cutting, it's important to provide the right care to ensure it thrives.

1. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

2. Light: Place your new Monstera plant in a location with bright, indirect light.

3. Humidity: Monsteras love humidity. Consider placing a humidifier near the plant or misting it regularly.

Signs of Successful Propagation:

  • New leaf growth is a clear sign that your propagation has been successful.
  • The plant should look healthy, with vibrant green leaves.

Troubleshooting Common Issues:

  • Yellow Leaves: This could be a sign of overwatering. Let the soil dry out before watering again.
  • Brown Leaf Edges: This could indicate a lack of humidity. Try misting the plant or moving it to a more humid location.
  • No Root Growth: If you're not seeing any root growth after several weeks, try changing the water more frequently or moving the cutting to a warmer location.

Remember, every plant is unique and may not respond to propagation in the same way. Don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't successful. With patience and practice, you'll be a Monstera propagation pro in no time!


Propagating your Monstera plant is not just a cost-effective way to expand your indoor jungle, but it's also a rewarding process that deepens your connection with your plants. Understanding the structure of your Monstera and knowing where to make the cut are crucial first steps. With the right tools, a little patience, and proper post-propagation care, you can watch a small cutting grow into a lush, vibrant plant.

We hope this guide has demystified the process and inspired you to try propagating your own Monstera plant. Remember, every plant is unique, and part of the joy of propagation is observing and learning from the process. So why wait? Grab your gardening shears, find that perfect node, and embark on your Monstera propagation journey today!


For further reading and more detailed information, you may find these resources helpful:

  1. "Monstera Deliciosa Care: 5 Crucial Things You Need to Know." Plantophiles. Link
  2. "How to Propagate Monstera Deliciosa." Gardening Know How. Link
  3. "Monstera Deliciosa Propagation: How to Propagate a Swiss Cheese Plant." Smart Garden Guide. Link
  4. "Monstera Deliciosa: Plant Care and Growing Guide." The Spruce. Link
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