Could you have a look at this Monstera please?

MrsJDMay 6, 2013

Hello from Scotland!

This is my favourite plant. My Monstera Deliciosa. I've had it for a few years now. I have always wondered why I only have one main 'stalk' when others in pictures appear to have loads of sprouts from the pot. Mine has 4 aerial roots which are well rooted into the soil but none have sprouted. It has 11 leaves in total and about 9 aerial roots.

Is it ok? Any thoughts are appreciated.

Thank you


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They don't sprout from the roots, it would only be from the stem itself. Some of those others you have seen in photos may have been multiple plantings. They will sprout easily from the nodes so you can cut the stem and have a number of plants. But there has to be a node with every cutting. Your plant looks quite good, although it could probably do with a lot stronger light.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 3:58AM
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faerybutterflye(7B OK)

Hello, Jacqueline! I have to agree with tropicbreeze, your monstera looks lovely. Much better than mine, in fact. I, too, love my monstera. I'm hoping that this year, having a nice shady carport to summer vacation under outside will make my monstera take off with growth, like yours.

I got mine as a propagated single leaf from my brother-in-law & mine's put out about 7 new leaves (2 of which were destroyed by curious children). None of them have split their leaves yet, but I don't think it was getting enough light to do so. Hopefully this year & a new house with better natural light inside & an outside vacation spot for my houseplants will make a big difference.

Those aerial roots won't grow new stems; they are only to support the plant, as far as I know. Beautiful plant, keep up the good work! :)

Oh, one other tip, that I recently picked up. When the leaves start developing this brownish thing on the bottom of the leaf where it connects to the stem, don't freak out like I did. I thought it was maybe scales & scratched some off with my fingernail...come to find out, it's a normal part of monstera's growth. The mature leaves develop that (it's called a geniculum). Just wanted to pass that along, so you don't torture yours with scratches like I did.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 11:00AM
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Thanks very much for your replies!

I must have picked up wrong information somewhere about the aerial roots. :-)

Don't worry the plant gets loads of light. The photograph was taken at night just before I went to bed.

Great having advice here, think I'll stick around!



    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 2:12PM
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I think we're all on a steep learning curve, just different positions along it.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 5:25PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

Nice looking plant.
Monstera's aren't big branchers. They can and do occasionally branch out but I wouldn't count on it to happen. Those big busy pots of these plants are almost always multiple cuttings in one pot. You can try air layering to start out some new roots high up on the stem and cut the top end off once there roots start growing and then plant it in the pot with the original vine.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 11:53PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hello from Alabama USA, and welcome to GardenWeb!

Many vines do send a new shoot when a node takes root, so that concept is accurate, but may just not apply to this plant, which is incredibly beautiful, BTW. Nice!

If you don't mind my asking, what is the wooden(?) thing to the left?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:32AM
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dellis326 (Danny)

Taking another look at your photo, This plant may be a Rhaphidophora tetrasperma rather than a Monstera. They are often confused with and sold as monstera.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 11:43PM
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Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a lot smaller than M. deliciosa. Hence one of the names it's sold under is "Mini Monster". From the photo it's a bit difficult to get a proper sense of perspective but still, it does seem a bit big for R. tetrasperma.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 8:22PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

I don't see geniculum on any of the petioles in the photo. R. tetrasperma petioles are much more slender and longer in relation to the leaves than M. Deliciosa. M. Del's have a fatter Stem (vine) and the petioles are larger where they attach to it. Also, at least in my plants, The Rhaph's petioles are "D" shaped in cross section and the Monstera's have a somewhat flattened oval cross section.

The leaves can be 12" or 25cm which going by that giant sized UK electrical outlet in the photo seems about what the bigger leaves would measure

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 11:58PM
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This is the wooden thing in the corner of the picture! It's made of roots. I love it very much but it's very heavy so we haven't been able to hang it on the wall yet.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 11:29AM
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A quick pic of one of the leaves

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 11:31AM
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And it seems it's loving its wee moment of fame and has produced a new baby for us! Can't wait to meet the new fella.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 11:33AM
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dellis326 (Danny)

What is that thing? A mirror?

That's a nice plant. Could you post a photo of where the petiole attaches to the leaf from the underside of the leaf.


    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 3:06PM
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if it is monstera and not some exotic shade lover that i am not famiiar with i would give it more light.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 10:42PM
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