Monstera Deliciosa

Suzi AKA DesertDanceJune 7, 2012

I purchased 5 seeds on Ebay, and they arrived about a week ago. I googled instructions, so I put them on top of damp potting soil/perlite in a living lettuce container I got at the grocery store. We punched holes in the bottom for drainage. I sealed the lid, put them on a heating pad on low, and they have been there for about 6 days. This morning, one has sprouted a stem! YAY! They will be house plants for a while, and once we get the acreage we want, they will have huge trees on which to climb. Looking forward to this adventure.

Suzi

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tropicbreezent

Congratulations. From little things big things grow. Although, it will take quite a while for them to climb up into "huge trees". They're not the fastest growers.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 3:51AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Sounds like fun! You might enjoy this dicussion. Although it's about house plants, the general info about Aroids might be pertinent or at least interesting. So few people have a chance to grow a "house plant in the wild." Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 9:49AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

purpleinopp, I DID enjoy the discussion. 4 have now sprouted, and the first two actually have visible tiny leaves! I'll plant them in pots to start, and when we figure out the landing place, I'll put them in-ground, outside and let them grow to the shade.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 10:45AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

That is really so cool, hope you'll offer an update once in a while. Worth taking a pic yet?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

Frustrated here. Tried twice to post pics. The system isn't working, I think!
Bummer,
Suzi

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 3:45PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

Too leggy. Thinking of repottig. Are they too young?
Suzi

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 3:47PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Wish I could answer that. Feel free to send me an email if you want to talk about uploading, I'll try to help.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 9:38AM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

Have you tried posting your pictures using tinypic.com? It's easy and works very well. Use the first line of code.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 9:15PM
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tropicbreezent

Suzi, if they're too leggy could be they're in too dark a shade. You coulde try brightening their light. But photos would be good to see what they look like.

I gave up trying to put photos up on this site. Tried several times and only once one out of the 3 photos in one post was visible and the others not. Tried again with those same 3 but then none of them would show up. I was using Pbase which seems to work okay on other sites.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 10:20PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

tropic, have you noticed the new upload feature?

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 9:31AM
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tropicbreezent

No, but I'll take a look. There's a lot of photos I would have liked to have shown so it would be good to be able to do it. Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 12:36AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

In every forum I visit, you can add a pic to any post. Right above your user name when you're typing, is an open box with a "browse" button. You can upload any pic from your computer. If you edit your comment after clicking "preview" you'll need to browse your image again (or copy what's in the box and paste it after clicking preview again.)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 12:25PM
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tropicbreezent

Thanks so much for that. I can't believe how simple that is. (I just checked it on the test forum.) Here's a photo of one of my 'monsters'

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 10:58PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

Wow! What a beautiful specimen! It appears I am a serial killer. I listened to a poster here, moved my leggy seedlings to partial sunlight, and suddenly they have all dried up. I'm holding out hope. Two are still a little green, but very shriveled. I piled loose damp potting soil around their leggy stems for protection, and am waiting to see if the roots put out new shoots. Doubtful, but holding out hope. My next idea will be to purchase a plant at a garden center..........

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 10:34AM
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steiconi(12a-Big Island, HI)

if you have a home in a place with the right climate, have you considered looking in the neighborhood for established plants from which you could get cuttings? I've grown them from just a chunk of vine--look for one with a couple of nodes to put out roots and leaves.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 8:02PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

I'll try that. We are in process of selling one home and looking for another with acreage. Could take a couple months, but this is one vine I absolutely want. Have a gazillion wine grape vines, so I know the mentality of vines.

A vine is like an 8 year old boy! Enthusiastic, can't lose, determined, all that! Would love to find some cuttings to root. Keeping my eyes open!

Thanks!
Suzi

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 5:13PM
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tropicbreezent

Believe it or not, some people throw out plants like these with the rubbish. Not sure why, maybe grown too much or whatever. I'm not beyond rescuing abandoned plants like that. Even if they're on their last legs, Monstera respond quickly to a bit of TLC.

On the subject of vines, I'm planning to post photos of vines at my place, mainly Pothos, Philos, Epipremnums, Syngonium, etc. And they are running rampant. They get up the trees just about as fast as an 8 year old.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 9:48PM
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