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How To Propagate Monstera Obliqua In Water?

Monstera Obliqua is an indoor plant. People love to keep this plant in the kitchen or desk because of its distinguished leaf structure. The leaves of this plant are thin and have more holes but are eye-catching.

They require bright but indirect sunlight and a minimum temperature of 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit to grow effectively. Monstera Obliqua grows 6-10 feet tall but grows smaller when kept indoors.

You can easily propagate this plant in water by cutting the node from the mother plant.

The article is a step guide on how to propagate Monstera Oblique in water. So, keep reading this article to learn more about Monstera Obliqua.

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How To Propagate Monstera Obliqua In Water?

Monstra Oblique plant is native to central and South America and is hemiepiphyte like other Monstera varieties. These plants are quite popular for their foliage. They are fragile and have empty space than the leaf.

Let’s discuss how to propagate Monstera Obliqua in water.

1. Find Node

Your first step will be to cut a stem from the mother plant. So, you need to find out the node. These nodes are swollen points on the stems of the plant Monstera Obliqua. Sometimes, aerial roots have already started to grow from the node. You will find a brown bump in that area.

So, once you detect the node, take scissors or garden shear for slicing. Now cut two inches underneath the node. Remove other stems after cutting the stem from the mother plant.

2. Put The Cutting In A Water Jar

You need a long stem to propagate the Monstera Obliqua in water. So, once you cut the stem from the mother plant, clean it properly and air dry it for almost 5-10 minutes.

Now place the stem in a water jar. You can use a water jar with a wide base and narrow opening to help the roots grow properly.

Place the water jar in bright sunlight. But don’t allow direct sunlight to fall on the stem. You should change the water within a gap of one week so the plant can grow effectively. Additionally, rinse the roots gently at the time of changing water. Rotting plant matter can hang around the roots and hinder their proper development. So rinsing the roots from time to time is a good idea.

3. Wait Patiently Until The Roots Develop Properly

Now your work is to wait patiently until the root develops healthily. You need to wait for at least six weeks so that root will properly grow from the node and then put it in the soil. It’s best to wait for 2-3 months to have solid root growth and higher chances when shifted to the soil.

Some people want to keep the plant in a glass jar and don’t want to shift it to the soil early. Fortunately, Monstera Obliqua can survive for numerous months in water.

However, you need to change the water within one week, and simultaneously, you must clean the roots and put them back in the glass jar. Snip off the areas which look unhealthy. Healthy roots are usually white or yellowish.

But if you observe rotten roots or roots with black color or a bit slimy compared to other roots, then snip it off.

You can shift the plant to a big glass jar after a few months so the root will have enough space to grow.

If you want Monstera Obliqua to grow to a greater height, you need to shift to the soil. The plant can truly survive in water for several months but not years. Once you observe a cluster of roots, it’s wise to shift the plant to the soil.

4. Shift The Plant To The Soil

When you observe that the roots have grown 6 inches long, it’s time to shift the plant to the soil.

Choose a pot that will be wider than the roots cluster. First, fill the bottom part of the pot with some light soil and gently place the roots. Now fill the rest of the pot with soil and ensure there must be drainage holes on the pot.

5. Choose The Proper Soil Mixture

Monstera oblique need light and airy soil to grow. So, it’s best to buy potting soil mix from the market and add a mixture of coco and perlite.

6. Monitor The Plant From Time To Time

 Plant roots were in the water for almost 24 hours, and now you have shifted the roots to the soil. The roots will take some time to adjust to the soil. So, we will recommend you keep the soil moist. You need to keep the soil moist at the start so that the roots will properly adjust in the soil.

You must do light watering at the beginning. If you overwater the plants, then there is a high chance that the root will rot.

The stems and leaves of the plant may look droopy in the first or two weeks. But later, i.e., after three to four weeks, you will observe new leaves from the plant.

If you don’t observe any new leaves, there is some issue either with the environmental conditions or with the soil, and you need to detect it.

Helpful Tips To Grow Monstera Obliqua Effectively

  • Spring is the perfect time to grow Monstera Obliqua in water.
  • Some people think that Monstera Obliqua can propagate from leaves. So they pluck leaves from the mother plant and put them on the vase. It will look nice, but roots will never develop from it.
  • Remember, roots will only develop from the nodes. If you cannot find nodes from the mother plant, then there is a high chance that it is too young, and you need to give it more time to propagate.

Conditions Required For The Proper Growth Of Monstera Obliqua

1. Water Need

If you observe brownish-yellow leaves on Monstera oblique plant, it’s an indicator that you are not providing enough water to the plant.

Remember, overwatering can also cause yellow leaves and stop the plant’s growth. Also, avoid giving the plant extremely cold water as it can affect its growth.

Various factors can affect the watering schedule, like temperature changes, the light received by the plant every day, and many more things.

So neither rely on the app nor choose a particular day of the week to water the plant. You need to check the moisture level of the soil. Put our finger two inches below the soil. If the soil is arid, it’s time to water the plant.

2. Lighting

Monstera Obliqua cannot survive in direct sunlight as it can burn its foliage. Additionally, the leaves of this plant do not have much surface area to absorb the sunlight. So, try to keep the plant always in bright but indirect sunlight.

Morning sunlight is perfect for the Monstera Obliqua. So, if you keep this plant in the house, then keep it near the east-facing windows.

But if you have planted Monstera Obliqua outside, monitor the plant to check how it reacts to the environment. If the leaves are not getting enough light, they will wilt or become yellow. Again if the leaves are getting a lot of sunlight, they will become curly or dry.

3. Humidity

Monstera Obliqua requires 60 to 80 percent humidity to grow effectively. The leaves will dry out if you cannot maintain proper humidity at home.

Well, if the air at home does not have sufficient moisture level, you can use a humidifier in the room where you have kept the Monstera Obliqua plant.

Avoid using an air conditioner and room heater in the room where you have kept the plant, as it can hamper its growth.

4. Fertilizer

Monstera Obliqua grows slowly. So it does not require much fertilizer. However, apply a good fertilizer once a month, particularly in spring.

5. Temperature

Monstera Obliqua cannot withstand much heat. It can grow well between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Soil

The soil must be well-drained, airy, and peaty. Try to keep the soil slightly acidic. The PH can be 5 for better growth of the plant.

But don’t make the soil too acidic as it can hamper the plant’s growth and wilt the leaves.

If you are confused about the Ph value of the soil, then it’s better to make the neutral, i.e., 7.5 PH value.

Wrap Up

Monstera Obliqua is a very slow-growing plant. You will observe that only one or two leaves will grow per month.

A fully matured Monstera Obliqua is almost 6 to 10 feet in height. But if you grow this plant indoors and provide all the proper environmental conditions, the plant will grow only up to 4 feet.

We have discussed above the propagation of Monstera Obliqua and the environmental conditions required for its proper growth. You can add a healthy Monstera Obliqua to your plant collection if you follow the steps properly.

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Hi, I am Dr. Aman Agarwal, a botanist from India. I love growing vegetables in my garden and sharing tips with others.
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