Propagating Monstera Without Nodes, Is it Possible?

Monstera is a genus of about 50 tropical plants. Some of the most famous species include Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii, both of which make extremely easy-going houseplants.

Vegetative propagation is a great way to reproduce Monstera specimens with unique growth habits or leaf variegations. All you need is a piece of stem and a bit of patience.

While Monstera is some of the simplest houseplants to propagate from cuttings, even the most skilled gardener won’t have much luck propagating Monstera without nodes. If you’re curious about why that is, I’ve provided the answer below.

Methods of Propagating Monstera

Monstera plants are commonly propagated using stem cuttings. These cuttings, when properly cared for, will eventually grow roots and leaves of their own.

One of the coolest things about propagating Monstera in this way is that the cuttings are exact clones of the parent plant. So any unique coloring or leaf variegation has a good chance of being copied and pasted onto the new plants.

The reason cuttings can transform into full-blown plants is through the magic of a botanical structure called a node. Nodes are the segments of stem tissue where cells rapidly divide and growth occurs. If you look at a Monstera stem, the places where secondary stems, aerial roots, and leaves emerge are the nodes.

Can You Propagate Monstera Without A Node?

Although Monstera is one of the easiest plants to propagate, the reality is…no, you can’t truly propagate a piece of Monstera leaf or stem that doesn’t have a node. All cuttings must contain at least one node for successful propagation.

If you have a Monstera leaf without an intact node, you can try keeping it in a glass of clean water. The cutting may grow roots but will never produce new stems or leaf tissue. However, the cutting could still live for several months in this state.

How To Propagate Monstera From a Cutting — Step by Step

Monstera is some of the easiest houseplants to propagate from cuttings. As long as you correctly identify a stem node, you should have little trouble reproducing your Monstera plant using the steps below.

Equipment Required

  • Sanitized scissors or pruning shears
  • Small pot or glass container
  • Potting soil (optional)
  • Rooting hormone powder (optional)

1. Check Your Plant’s Health

I only recommend taking cuttings from mature, healthy Monstera plants. Such plants will produce higher-quality cuttings and have an easier time recovering from stem loss.

2. Locating A Stem Node

Select a stem from your Monstera and locate the nodes. Depending on the length of the stem, there could be several. 

The easiest way to find the nodes is by looking for growth coming from the stem. Leaves, aerial roots, and secondary stems always grow from nodes. You may also be able to identify the nodes by feeling the stem — nodes tend to be slightly thicker than the surrounding tissue.

3. Taking the Cutting

Using a sharp, sanitized blade, cut the stem a couple of inches below the node you want to propagate from. Be sure to cut below the node rather than through it for the best results.

cutting being taken from Monstera - Propagating Monstera Without Nodes

4. Prepare The Cutting For Rooting

If you like, you can apply a rooting hormone powder to the cut end at this point. While Monstera is an avid propagator, I find it never hurts to use the stuff if you already have it on hand.

Place the cut end of the stem in your chosen rooting medium — e.g., potting soil, peat moss, or water.

5. Waiting for Roots to Appear

According to the University of Minnesota, Monstera deliciosa roots typically appear within 2 to 4 weeks following propagation. Other varieties should follow a similar schedule. 

While you wait, be sure to keep the potting medium moist or (if propagating in water) change out the water every 3 to 4 days.

6. Planting Your Cutting

Transplant your cutting to its permanent container once it has several roots that are at least 1 inch long. Continue caring for the planted cutting the same way you would any other Monstera.

Monstera Care After Propagation

Light Requirements

Provide Monstera with several hours of bright, indirect sunlight. Excess sun exposure may cause your Monstera leaves to turn brown.

Watering

On average, water is every 1 to 2 weeks during the active growing season. I generally find that Monstera needs much less water during the fall and wintertime when they enter a natural dormancy state.

Temperature & Humidity

Monstera grows best in temperatures between 65 and 85°F. They need humidity levels of at least 40-50% to survive but won’t truly thrive unless the humidity is about 60-80%.

Soil Type

Plant your Monstera and any propagated cuttings in well-draining, loamy soil. You want a potting mix that remains lightweight and doesn’t cling to excess moisture.

Ensure your Monstera container has several drainage holes in the bottom.

Fertilizing

Fertilize with a balanced houseplant formula throughout the spring and summer. I prefer to dilute my fertilizer to half-strength to prevent root stress. Cut back on feedings during winter dormancy.

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Ben's horticultural interest grew when graduating from Hertfordshire University in 1997. Having contributed to numerous publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Design Magazine, and The English Garden. He is also the author of Propagating Houseplants Made Easy.