Easy Steps for Variegated Monstera Cutting
Thank you for your unwavering support! Here are some tips to ensure your variegated Monstera cutting thrives:
When you first get your Monstera Albo cutting, if you notice any yellowing, it's likely due to the plant redirecing energy to the node during shipping. As long as the node stays healthy, the plant should grow new leaves over time.
Upon receiving the cutting, conduct a careful examination for any signs of rot. Trim away any affected areas to prevent the spread of rot. For added precaution, soak the cutting in a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide (1:1 ratio) for 15 minutes if you've made any cuts. Allow it to air dry for approximately 2 hours before potting. This step ensures a healthy start for your cutting and minimizes the risk of potential issues.
Aerial Roots vs Nodes
Let's clarify the difference between aerial roots and nodes, a common point of confusion. Aerial roots and nodes play distinct roles in the growth of Monstera Albo cuttings. Aerial roots, while beneficial for support and nutrient absorption, are not nodes. Nodes are pivotal growth points, giving rise to new leaves and roots. It's good to have aerial roots, but not having them on your cutting isn't a cause for alarm. The crucial element for successful growth is the presence of a node. As long as a node is intact, your cutting has the potential to grow into a full-fledged plant. Follow the recommended care instructions deligently, and whether your Monstera Albo displays aerial roots or not, it will thrive with proper care and attention.
Time to propagate!
I highly recommend water propagation as it is a simple and effective method. Submerge only the aerial roots in water, ensuring the stem remains above the waterline. If your cutting doesn't have aerial roots, it's perfectly fine to submerge the node in water. To prevent rot, incorporate a splash of hydrogen peroxide into the water. Using an airstone can enhance root development by increasing oxygen levels in the water. Don't forget to change the water daily during the first week to maintain freshness and cleanliness.
Repotting Your Monstera Albo Cutting
When secondary roots emerge on your Monstera Albo cutting, it signals the ideal time for repotting. Choose a chunky potting mix - cosider our in-house blend, which comprising coco husk, coco coir, perlite, sphagnum moss, and bark. The chunky medium provides essential airflow to the roots, fostering a healthy environment for growth. Maintain a humidity level of 60% or higher, ensure good airflow, and keep the cutting in warm temperatures.
What you need:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Airstone & air pump
- Chunky mix: Coco husk, coco coir, sphagnum moss, perlite
- Fertilizer/Plant Food: HB101 / SUPERthrive (optional)
Note: It is optional to start adding a small amount of plant food to the water once roots begin to appear. Be cautious and use a minimal quantity to avoid any potential root damage or burning.
By following these steps, you're setting the stage for a successful journey of nurturing your variegated Monstera cutting into a thriving and beautiful plant. Happy planting!