Variegated Monstera grown from cutting
Monstera Deliciosa plants are very popular houseplants due to their uniquely shaped leaves, but of all of the Monstera plants, without a doubt the most coveted is the Variegated Monstera due to their unique colouring – they have patches of white and sometimes (although very rarely) can produce entirely white leaves. Unfortunately they are also difficult to find and often very expensive, so it is important that if you do manage to get your hands on one that you don’t kill it! Luckily through this experiment we have found some tricks to help you ensure your cutting thrives and can grow into a full sized plant. This cutting was purchased online with some root growth and just one leaf in December 2017. Since then it has been placed in a self watering pot which seems to have been a key success factor in it’s growth so far because it has kept the water supply consistent. So far, there are a number of tips for your own success of one of these plants:
- Get a self watering pot – Unless you already have confidence in your ability to grow these temperamental cuttings, it is best to get a self watering pot so that you know the plant can have a steady and consistent source of water. This means that the cutting won’t get stressed by erratic watering and can focus on growing! We recommend this pot on Amazon.
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- Put it in bright light – While the white parts of the leaves are what make it unique, they aren’t actually functional – these parts lack chlorophyll and so limit the ability for the plant to photosynthesise. Ensuring your plant gets plenty of sunlight will help to counteract this.
The clips that were used are usually called Orchid Clips as they are frequently used to make orchids grow vertically. They are available here. The support sticks are sold on amazon (link)
This cutting has now grown into a medium sized plant – it is extremely healthy and now has grown leaves with more variegation and split leaves. The future is promising for this plant!
The key ingredient to the success of this propagation is the self watering pot. Self watering pots are available in most gardening centres, link to buy online here
If you liked this post you will also like the post we did on an almost completely white variegated Monstera here.
And if you are looking for your own variegated monstera, see our complete guide of where to buy here.
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29 thoughts on “Variegated Monstera Propagation”
Wow… the variegated leaves are so beautiful.
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This article was very pleasant to read, thanks for sharing.
Do think a stem cutting without an aerial root or a leaf will make it?
Usually it needs some kind of aerial root or stem unfortunately, if it has a bit of the plant stalk it can sometimes work, but just a leaf broken off without it will eventually die
Thanks for the tips!
I have a question tho. What kind of Soil did you use and do you add hydro granules ?
Hi! I used normal potting soul which happened to be mixed with a bit of orchid mix, which helps to keep a bit of air circulation. I didn’t add any hydro granules! Hope that helps
What’s the lighting like on this plane? Beside a bright window getting generous light? Do you Fertilize?
Hi! This was near a fairly bright south facing window, however I realised that the glass is tinted, so it isn’t as bright as an untinted window. I recommend a spot where it gets indirect light all day, as you can tell from the growth progress that the plant responds so well to increased light in the summer months. I think I might have fertilised this once, but to be honest I can’t remember! It can’t hurt! 🙂
How long should I wait to plant my albo monstera into a soil mix after it has rooted in moss?
It’s hard to say exactly, but as long as there has been some root growth and you think it looks healthy and strong, it should be ready. Make sure you keep a close eye on it at first, ensuring the plant has enough humidity and light to keep it happy while it settles in to the soil. Good luck!
I bought a monstera albo cutting with no leaves at in moss it grew 2 leaves so fast! but I was surprised both were green but the stem is half white, half green. After I moved it to soil it kind of froze in growth for me, maybe shock.. I’m praying I get a variegated leaf 😦 I hope it did not revert
It will be in shock, focusing on root growth, and hopefully once it settles it will be ok! I would love to hear how it goes!
How do I know where to cut to start prop and do I place cut with leaf in water? My original cut I kept in water than soil. My albo took two years to blossom. The original leaf that came with cut also died. It now has big beautiful leaves. Not sure where to start.
You want to make sure there is a node included in your cutting, this is where the new leaf growth will come from! without a node your plant won’t be able to grow any more leaves (although it might grow roots and continue to live with just the cutting). There are some great diagrams online to show you, but always make sure there is a bit of the plant stem, not just a leaf broken off the main stem. Hope that helps!