Adventures of the Monstera

Adventures of the Monstera

Choosing a houseplant is like choosing a new pet. Each one is different and has it’s own intricacies. Some like a lot of water, while others can go weeks without it. The same goes with sun light. Some plants love direct light beating down on them, while others have too delicate of leaves. When walking into a nursery, greenhouse or plant store, take notice of the conditions each plant is growing in and try to emulate that at home. When a plant becomes acclimated and happy with it’s surroundings it can be very rewarding to it’s owner. Scroll to the bottom to see what your Houseplant Housemate should be!

Take my Split Leaf Philodendron for example. This little lady was my very first propagation trial.

My Split Leaf at about 4 months, post transplant to soil and placing in the sunny window. It had only given off one split, on one leaf, up to this point.

My Split Leaf at about 4 months, post transplant to soil and placing in the sunny window. It had only given off one split, on one leaf, up to this point.

My father’s Split Leaf Philodendron.

My father’s Split Leaf Philodendron.

My father has this beautiful Split Leaf in his home and I had to have one of my own, so I figured why not try propagating it instead of going out and spending the dough. I wanted the challenge. I took two clippings and put them in water, stuck them in the window and thought that was it. This was before I started classes and learned about rooting hormone and different propagation methods for different plants, but that’s something that we will get into later. Back to the Split Leaf…the two clippings that I took were in the water for what seemed like years, really it was probably only a month or so, but still, there should have been some sort of growth, right? I decided that the one single leaf was probably never going to produce (after doing some research, I found out that I was correct in that assumption) and the other leaf with a bud, that had a tiny, poor excuse for a root popping out would do better in soil, maybe.

My clipping, this was after about two weeks of being in soil and placed in the window light, it finally sprouted a new leaf.

My clipping, this was after about two weeks of being in soil and placed in the window light, it finally sprouted a new leaf.

After putting it in soil it stayed in this state for months. I watered it and fertilized it and still nothing. Finally, one morning I was thinking to myself, “maybe it needs more sun”, I had it in a semi shady spot in the house at the time, so I moved it directly in an east facing window. I was right, she wanted all of the sun!! I was depriving her and didn’t even know it. She started sprouting more and more growth and growing out of her pots, one after the other.

The same clipping from above, after the leaf unfurled.

The same clipping from above, after the leaf unfurled.

This last growing season I re-potted her into the largest pot I could find and added a moss pole. It was insane how large her roots were. Not only did she have strong, large air roots but the roots that were under the soil had started to groove into the pot she was in. The air roots popping out of the soil more and more tipped me off and since she started showing signs of wanting to grow up, I obliged. This is her now.

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