The most popular plant, is a tropical plant that propagates through cutting and re-shaping of it. When a Monstera begins to grow, its leaves start sprouting in all ways possible. The stems of the Monstera usually do not need much space, it grows horizontally. The horizontal position of the plant is not regular. It grows in whichever shape it wants while growing horizontal.
The main feature of Monstera is that it exhibits lots of freshness and it is very good for our health. So, if you have chosen Monstera to be a plant placed in your house then you have made a very excellent and bright choice. Choosing Monstera would give you lots of benefits that could not be gained from any random or normal plant in any way.
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Ways to care for Monstera and make them grow faster:-
The Monsteras are widely growing plant types. They have a lot of ways to grow and develop in a place where they live. Monsteras find a lot of ways by themselves to grow and propagate, till the time they find it difficult to grow ahead and stops their growth.
The point where Monstera stops their self-growth is the point where we need to pay attention to its growing and implement various ways to care for it and make it grow. The various ways that we can implement to make Monstera grow are as follows –
- Prune the plant strategically:Cutting the plant irregularly without any proper knowledge of how it grows, may stop the further growth of the Monstera. Therefore, the first thing that we should keep in mind while applying growth methods is that it should be properly and methodically pruned or trimmed. It should be trimmed in such a way that it encourages further growth of the plant and does not make it stop growing.To care for the Monstera is to take all measures to keep growing and propagating and skilled, strategies, and methodical pruning is one best way to make the plant grow well.
- Chopping and rooting methods:The Monstera plants can be preserved and helped in growing faster by methods known as chopping and rooting. In the chopping method, the plant is properly cut-off taking into consideration the parts that would help the plant in growing faster once chopped-off. Chopping can also be referred to as trimming because the parts of the plant that are unnecessary are cut-off or trimmed to make space for the plant to grow new parts for itself.After chopping comes to the rooting method. Sometimes, those parts of the plant that are very important are being chopped for the growth of the plant so that they can be re-routed to form a new Monstera plant. This method is considered very useful to grow new plants from the parts of the old ones. This is a considerably fast method and helps the new Monstera to grow and propagate faster than before.
- Gentle removal from the intersection of the petioles:The nodes of any plant are a very important part of it. They can make a new plant grow all over again. Therefore, it is very important to take good care of the nodes and petioles of the plant. When you want to remove the petiole, you have to do it very carefully so that the plant should not get any damage while removing it. The intersection of the petioles and nodes should be gently plucked-off and placed in another pot, where you want to grow a new Monstera plant from it. The formation of a new plant will need constant care and watering to grow faster as expected by you.While plucking from the intersection of the petiole or node and while rooting them up in new soil, any mistake that takes place would cause a huge loss to the plant and would not make the new plant growth. Therefore, you need to be very careful while performing the whole process of removal and rooting-up of the intersecting nodes and petioles.
These are how a new Monstera can be easily grown. Although, growing a new Monstera may require a few easy and necessary steps.
Steps to grow a new Monstera plant effectively:-
Growing a new Monstera may include various steps that are necessary and may give long-lasting results once implemented effectively. These steps can be as follows-
Step 1: Finding the right place to grow a new plant:
This is the very first and most important step to grow a new Monstera plant. Before cutting the old plant part and rooting it for a new one, you should find an appropriate place where this new plant can grow properly and effectively. This involves ensuring the availability of enough light, water, moisture, and humidity for the plant at the new place.
Without these essentials, the plant, even if planted in new and fresh soil, would not be able to grow to a great extent and would dry-up or die soon. Therefore, these essentials must be included in your list before planting a new Monstera.
Step 2: Search for the right node or petiole:
This is the second step towards planting a new Monstera plant. In this, you need to find the appropriate joint or intersection point of 2 nodes or even point of 2 petioles would do. You should look over each side and corner of the Monstera to find the node.
The node or petiole may be very tiny but can grow a new Monstera plant. Only through these nodes and petioles, a new Monstera plant can be grown. Therefore, his small key is very essential for the existence and survival of a new plant. Without this, the new plant would not come into existence.
Step 3: Remove a fresh and green stem from the grown monstera:
After choosing the perfect place for growing the new Monstera and watching over the required nodes and petioles of the plant, the next important step is to remove or pluck a stem of the plant that will include its growing parts with it.
The stem that is to be removed should include the leaves, nodes, petioles, and aerial roots on it. Without the presence of all these, the stem will not be fit for growing new Monstera. Therefore, the stem to be plucked is mandatory to include 2-3 leaves, aerial roots, nodes, and petioles on it. The stem after plucking should be washed properly with clean water to remove excess material such as dust, mud, etc. from it.
Step 4: Place the cuttings properly in the soil:
After removing a fresh, green stem from the old Monstera and cleaning it with fresh water, it should be properly placed in the soil in the pot in which you want to grow the new plant. The plant should be placed erect, straight in the soil beneath a thick layer, and should be covered by the soil from above.
The thick soil surface should be such that it supports moisture and humidity. The soil surface should not dry-up and should continuously provide water-content to the young and small stem part. If the upper surface of the soil dries up, then that would make the small stem cutting suffocate as it would not be able to breathe and so, it would die. So, it is very important to place the stem cutting properly in the soil and provide it with an adequate amount of moisture and humidity.
Step 5: Watering the newly planted monstera:
The next step will be watering the newly planted Monstera properly and at regular intervals to help it grow faster. Providing an adequate amount of humidity and moisture to the plant will make it grow faster and the roots will go deep and become stronger.
Watering should take place only at regular intervals and you should make sure that you do not choke-up or block the air spaces present between the soil particles that help the roots of the plant and stop their growth suddenly and immediately. Therefore, make sure not to block the air spaces of the soil due to overwatering.
The above steps when followed make it easy for the new plant to grow faster and as expected by you to grow. Just make sure that you follow all the steps properly and efficiently.
Can the Monstera plants live and grow effectively in water:-
There are many ways to make a Monstera plant live and grow even in water bodies. The Monsteras are a very fast-growing and even fast-draining plant. It needs a lot of water content to make it grow and propagate correctly and effectively. The efficiency of the Monstera plant grows when it lives in the water at a moderate level, not too deep waters too.
The Monstera plant should be watered once or twice a week so that it does not drain out.
The roots are very wide-spreading and grow very fast. The roots when provided with the adequate and proper amount of water content make the roots spread a lot and after a particular time-span, the roots start to come out from the holes present below the pot in which these Monsteras are grown. This makes it necessary to change the pots of the plant regularly too.
One more advantage that an adequate amount of water provides to the Monstera is that it makes the leaves of the whole plant grow equally and widely. Sometimes, low availability of water may make the lower leaves of the plant dry-up and die. But if a considerable amount of water is provided, then the leaves may be stopped from drying up.
There can be many disadvantages of not making a considerable amount of water available to the Monstera. Some of them can be as discussed below-
Rotting of leaves:
The leaves of the Monstera plant may begin to rot-up or dry-up due to a shortage of water. The transpiration taking place in the leaves may also decrease to a considerable amount and make the leaves withered and weak. This may make the leaves torn and they may die soon.
Therefore, water is the most important factor provided to the young, new, and growing Monstera plant.
Blackening of leaves:
It is observed sometimes that the leaves of even small and young plants start blackening. This process takes place due to the overheating of the plant. Overheating causes an increase in the transpiration rate. This increase in transpiration may cause a huge loss of water from the surface of plant leaves.
The loss of water from the leaf surface could not be recovered by any other medium except watering. But when watering is also not done up to the mark, the leaves start changing its colors from green to yellow and slowly to black. The black color is the last stage of the presence of life in the leaves after which, the leaves start to die.
- Clamping of the soil:
Another disadvantage of less water availability for the Monstera plant is the clamping of the lower soil of the plant. When the water content of the plant reduces, the upper surface of the soil dries or cracks up, but its lower surface starts to clamp. The soil inside the pot in which the plant is placed starts to clamp and this causes the roots of the plant to suffocate.
Due to less availability of water, the clamping in the soil takes place that eventually results in choking and cutting-up of the roots of the plant that are present inside the soil. This makes the plant weaker and stops its growth and soon the plant dies. Therefore, to prevent the plant from choking up and dying, the availability of enough water is very essential.
So, from the above observations and methods, it can be easily concluded that the Monsteras grow effectively and efficiently in water as they are the water plants and soon dries up in shortage of water. The availability of an adequate and comfortable amount of water can make the Monstera plant grow and propagate to a great extent and can live longer than the usual life-span of the plants. Therefore, it is very much necessary to provide the Monstera plant with the required amount of water and see it growing huge and big.
Hi there! My name is Constance and I am a professional botanist. My enthusiasm for organic farming has led me to start this blog about gardening for beginners!
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