Variegated Monstera Deliciosa

Variegated Monstera Propagation

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.

UPDATE: You can also convert your candle jars into a self watering pot using this insert.  If you want to know more about the insert and see how effective it is, see this post about a maidenhair fern rescue.  There is currently an offer if you buy 3, using code: 3FOR12

  • 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.

January 2018

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16th January 2018: Monstera cutting planted in self watering pot in indirect sunlight

May 2018

Variegated Monstera Leaf
25th May: The original variegated leaf, with new leaf growth in the background
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25th May: New leaf sprout appears very pale green colour

June 2018

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2nd June: The new leaf is beginning to unfurl towards the light
Variegated Monstera Deliciosa propagation
2nd June: Unfurling new leaf growth showing signs of some variegation
Variegated Monstera Deliciosa propagation
9th June: A week later the leaf has unfurled
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28th of June: The new leaf growth is taller than the second leaf and looks like it will unfurl any day now
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28th June: Close up of the new growth showing variegation which will appear when the leaf opens
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28th June: Full view of the plant with the new leaf growth

July 2018

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1st July: The new leaf is unfurling
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4th July: The newest leaf has unfurled and the colour comparison shows how the second leaf has darkened since it has matured. There is also signs of another new leaf growing at the bottom of the plant
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4th July: This plant has gone from a single leaf cutting to three leaves in just three months
Albino Monstera
22nd July 2018: An initial bud of an aerial root can be seen growing
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29th July 2018: Another leaf is about to unfurl
Propagate Variegated Monstera
29th July 2018: The plant can be seen with the new leaf
Variegated Monstera unfurling
1st August 2018: The leaf is unfurling and the top of the leaf is showing a solid white area
Variegated Monstera Deliciosa
1st August 2018: Close up on the unfurling leaf showing the solid white section
Variegated Monstera Propagation
1st August 2018: Full view of the plant shows the new leaves are growing but still are much lighter in colour than the original leaf (bottom right)
Variegated Monstera from single leaf cutting
13th September 2018: The cutting which originally was just one leaf is now five healthy leaves with more on the way
Variegated Monstera aerial root
13th September 2018: Side view of the plant shows the vine and significant aerial root growth
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8th October 2018: Another new leaf growing
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8th October 2018: The full view of the plant shows that it now has five leaves with another on the way
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19th October 2018: The newest leaf has now unfurled and is the first in this plant to have a split leaf
Variegated Monstera
19th October: Side view of the plant shows that it is starting to lean, so some reinforcement is being added to straighten the plant to help it grow vertically
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19th October: The plant has now been straightening with a clip to ensure it grows upright
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19th October: Close up of the clip used to stabilise the plant

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)

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19th October: The healthy plant now with six leaves, originally started as a single leaf cutting


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!

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The rapid growth of this monstera is credited to the self watering pot – this ensured the cutting always had a consistent source of water and was able to grow strong roots and leaves

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

  1. Hey,
    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?


    1. 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


    1. 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


  2. What’s the lighting like on this plane? Beside a bright window getting generous light? Do you Fertilize?


    1. 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! 🙂


    1. 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!


  3. 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


  4. 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.


    1. 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!


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