Back in late March, I had a day’s notice that the school building was closing. Of course, I didn’t know for how long that would be, so I needed to get my plants home.
This was a huge undertaking… My classroom is bigger than my home and has a whole wall of south-facing windows, so it was full of plants. I filled my car with what I could take and had to leave some behind, including my huge Monstera. It would have filled my whole car, assuming I could have even gotten it there.
My Monstera was definitely one of my babies. I picked it up on a curbside and it was horribly root-bound. The strong vines were twisted and gnarled. I repotted it and trellised it with strings to the ceiling of my classroom where the vines straightened out some but were never quite right. I sometimes wished for a chance to start it over and I guess I got one.
I couldn’t take the whole plant so I snipped two of the eight-foot vines with intentions to re-root them. When I got them home, the vines were too rigid and strong and would knock over any jar I tried to stand them up in. That’s when I got the idea to separate the vines into nodes.
I had just watched this video on propagating elderberry bushes and noticed Monsteras grow very similarly.
So I trimmed the big vines down so that each segment had about a three-inch section of vine and at least one big leaf. I gathered them all together in a pickle jar, and one month later:
My Monstera stems are ready to plant.
I wouldn’t have picked this end (beginning?) for my Monstera, but I am happy for the chance to start over with new roots, bright leaves, and straight vines.
P.S. Do you follow me on Facebook? I shared a houseplant tour on the day I brought all of my plants home.