Monstera Seeds: Harvesting, Growing & Buying Guide

Monstera seedlings
You can grow Monstera from seeds.

Do you know the discovery of Monstera in 1693 made the French King so excited that he appointed the discoverer Charles Plumier as Royal botanist?

The same excitation and fondness for Monstera persist in many people’s hearts till today.

To savor the excitation to the heart’s content, many people opt for Monstera seeds for a rewarding adventure.

Generally, to extract the Monstera seeds, wait for the base fruitlets to open up and start expanding. Plant the extracted seeds in a well-draining, nutrient-rich potting mix after pre-soaking them for ~24 hours, and wait for 2-3 weeks for germination.

A person holding Monstera fruit
Monstera exotic fruit contains seeds.

Monstera has no problem growing from its seeds but requires seeds to be new and fresh.

Even though Monstera grows easily at a fast pace from seeds, they still require care and attention for successful germination.

Therefore, read on to find out how to extract Monstera seeds and grow a splendid Monstera from them. 

Monstera Seeds Overview

Monstera belongs to the Arum family, Araceae, a genus with 49 different exotic Monstera species.

The reason behind the popularity of Monstera is mainly because of their exotic fenestration on foliage.

Monstera flower with spadix and spathe
Monstera fruit is covered with hexagonal scales.

Many Monstera species bloom after reaching maturity in their natural tropical habitat. However, indoor Monstera rarely flowers.

Did you know that the number of holes on the new Monstera leaf increases with age and size?

Moreover, Monstera takes 3 to 8 years to reach full maturity and bloom, depending upon the species.

After the successful pollination, the flower blossoms turn into berry-like fruit-producing Monstera seeds.

Here is a brief description of Monstera seeds.

IndicatorIdentity
ColorGreenish-pale
Size~0.5-1.5cm
ShapeNearly oval and elongated
Weight~0.07 gm
Blossoming SeasonMid-summer
BlossomFleshy spadix covered with creamy colored spathe
Harvest SeasonSummer or Autumn
Growing TimeSpring or Summer
Conducive TemperatureAround 70-80°F(21-26.7°C) to germinate
Germination Time2-3 weeks

With the ongoing minimalist decor trend, some variegated Monstera has become more famous with staggering high prices.

So, spammers claiming to have variegated Monstera seeds are all over the internet.

Be careful! As getting variegated, Monstera seeds are rare and are like one in a million. You can identify if the Monstera is variegated or not after seed sprouts.

variegated monstera leaves
Seeds cannot be obtained from variegated Monstera.

Meanwhile, ensure to plant the Monstera seeds as soon as you get your hands on them. 

However, you can store them in a dry, cool jar or packet in a fridge for 2-3 weeks. But remember their viability drops with storage time.

How to Get Monstera Seeds?

Even if the Monstera flowering indoors is not that common and is a big deal, Monstera might bless you with flowers.

And if you did manage to get them to bloom congratulations! You are for sure a great parent.

Now, you need to help them with pollination to get Monstera seeds.

Once you pull off successful pollination, green fruit will develop and turns yellowish or orange at maturity.

Monstera green fruit
You can harvest seeds from Monstera fruit by breaking the hexagonal scales.

Therefore, to ensure healthy fruit with viable seeds, you need to take extra care of your plant.

Provide bright filtered sunlight, aery well-draining soil with (5.5-7) pH, monthly fertilization, and 65-85°F temperature with 60-70% relative humidity.

Furthermore, you may not need to relocate their position and let them stay where they originally bloomed.

Generally, fruits base hexagonal caps fall off, exposing a creamy flesh color when it ripes. It usually takes a year-long to become fully ripe.

You can break off the fruit from the plant when you see small openings around the base caps.

Extracting seed from Monstera fruit
You can extract seeds from the Monstera fruit when it is ripe.

Materials Required to Extract the Seeds from Monstera Fruit

Let us prepare these materials before extracting seeds from the Monstera fruit.

Essential EquipmentSpecifications
Gardening GlovesFor protection of your hands
Gardening MasksTo avoid any potential allergies
GogglesProtection for eyes
Glass ContainerTo place the seeds
Pectinase enzymeMakes seed extraction easy

Steps to Extract the Seeds from Monstera

Let’s begin the Monstera seeds extractions process, shall we?

  • Break off the ripe Monstera fruit from the plant with proper care to avoid harm to the plant.
  • Take out the individual berry-like hexagonal caps with honeycomb-like texture and squeeze them to get the seeds out.
  • The seed looks pale or white in color.
  • The individual pods may not have seeds, so it is alright if you do not get from some.
  • Remove the pulp or debris and clean the seeds with water. You can also use the pectinase enzyme; it makes seed extraction easier.
  • Keep the seeds in a cool, dry container in a secluded room.
  • You can also store the seeds in the refrigerator for the best results.

It is better to plant the seeds immediately after extraction, as they have higher chances of germination.

So, do not wait for a long time to start the germination process.

Monstera Seeds for Sale

Do not worry if your Monstera didn’t bloom to produce the seeds. You can rely on many online vendors that provide different Monstera seeds.

Here I have listed some certified online stores with Monstera seeds for sale.

ShopsDelivery
EtsyShips order within 4-5 days
Cactus PlazaShips order within 1-3 business days
PlantflixShips order within 5 days
Seed WorldShips immediately 9-29 days
MonsteraShips in 2-3 days

Can Monstera Grow from Seed?

Monstera germinates more readily from seeds than other plants, which are more difficult to grow from seeds.

Rather you may have difficulties finding fresh seeds than for seed germination. 

So, double-check the seed’s information and reviews if you buy seeds from online vendors.

Generally, it will take almost 2-3 weeks for Monstera seeds to sprout when provided with optimal conditions.

Monstera seeds
You can grow Monstera from seeds.

As I mentioned, these seeds do not have a long shelf life, so consider germinating immediately.

Here I have included a complete guide for Monstera propagation from seeds with necessary care.

Material Required to Germinate the Seeds

Before making your hands dirty, gather the materials required for propagation.

Materials RequiredPurpose
SeedsFor germinating
Seed Starter Potting MixFor growing the seeds
Germination TrayPotting medium
Gardening GlovesFor safety
Plastic bag or sheetTo make mini green house, so to maintain humidity and temperature
2-3 inches PotOrganic seed starting biodegradable peat pots

Steps to Propagate Monstera via Seeds

To ensure the most efficient seedling growth, you shall begin germination during early spring.

So, without further delay, let us get you a Monstera seedling. Here are the stepwise instructions.

There are two different ways to start germination: The soaking and the Paper Towel Technique.

1. Soaking Technique

Germination via a soaking technique includes pre-soaking the seeds for 12-24 hours in lukewarm water.

pre soaking monstera seeds before planting them
Pre-soak the seeds for 24 hours before sowing them.

Pre-soaking seeds are said to be the signal to the seeds for germination.

So, here is a detailed stepwise propagation for Monstera via seeds.

Step 1: Prepare the Seed

The freshly extracted seeds are ready to germinate, but pre-soaking them would promote Monstera seeds to sprout.

Furthermore, ordered seeds shall be pre-soaked in lukewarm tap water for almost 24 hours.

Monstera seeds in palm
Prepare the seed before germinating them.

You can observe some swelling in the seeds after soaking them for a considerate long time.

However, do not let them be in the water for too long (at most 48 hours), as seeds may drown.

Moreover, you do not need to pre-soak freshly harvested seed.

Step 2: Prepare the Starter Mix

You shall consider buying a seed starter mix as they are specially made for ideal seed germination.

Moreover, you can prepare a starter mix by mixing an equal amount of vermiculite with peat moss or sphagnum moss.

Furthermore, stir the mix well to distribute the ingredients evenly and moisten them.

Step 3: Sowing Seeds

Now, you will have pre-soaked seeds and starting mix ready to host a new adventurous journey.

  • Pour the mix into the germination tray up to 75% of the tray height.
  • Gently press seeds under the soil almost half inches deep, and ensure to cover them. Sparingly water to make the mix moist but not too wet.
  • Place one seed per section for freshly self-extracted seeds and 2-3 seeds for ordered ones.
  • To mimic a mini-greenhouse, use clear plastic to cover up the tray and keep them in an indirect sunlit place.
  • Ensure the temperature value ranges between 70 to 80°F along with an average of 60% humidity.
Seed germinating in a tray
Sow the seed almost half inch deep and water them sparingly.
  • Use grow lights at a few inches away for almost 10-12 hours to compensate for the absence of sunlight.
  • Place the heating pads under the tray to keep them warm if you live in colder regions.
  • After germinating them, maintain the humid condition by covering them with ziploc bag. 

After two or three weeks, seeds will germinate with a small Monstera sprout.

2. Paper Towel Technique

Many gardeners prefer this technique because they can observe every tiny observable growth of seeds.

Like its name, this technique uses a paper towel to germinate the seeds.

Here’s how you shall proceed with the paper towel technique.

  • Lay down a single layer of paper towel on the plate and place seeds on them.
  • Put another paper towel on top of the laid-down ones to cover the seeds.
  • Spritz the paper towel with the help of water spray until it gets moist.
Laying seed in the paper for germination
Paper towel germination technique is common and easier.
  • Place the paper towel in bright indirect sunlight.
  • Ensure the paper towel is moist always and spritz as necessary.
  • Look out for any observable growths from the seeds.

Generally, it takes two to four days for sprouts to develop on Monstera seeds.

That makes this method much faster than the soaking method, so many opt for this technique.

However, do not leave the seeds on the paper towel for too long, as sprouts may attach to the paper towels.

You shall consider transplanting them to an individual pot for further seedling growth.

Steps to Transplant Seedling in a Pot

Regardless of the technique you followed up on; both require transplanting to an individual pot.

Generally, consider transplanting the Monstera seedling after it develops a few leaves when using the soaking method.

In contrast, you shall transplant the seed after the seeds sprouts if you opt for the paper towel method.

Here are a few things you need to take care of when transplanting from the paper towel method.

  • Prepare a potting mix rich in nutrients by mixing 60% potting soil, 20% perlite, and 20% orchid bark.
  • Ensure the soil facilitates well drainage and has a pH value of around 5.5-7.
  • Fill the 2 to 3 inch container with the prepared mix and place the plant in the centre of the container.
  • Regularly provide water to keep the soil moist but not soggy.
  • Place them in a sunny location while preventing direct sunlight exposure.
  • Be careful when taking out sprouted seeds from the paper towel and gently place them in the pot at one and a half centimeters depth.
  • Do not move them outdoors as they are vulnerable to cold and direct sun exposure.
Monstera seedlings growing under the grow light
Provide 6 to 7 hours of grow light for newly sprouting seedlings in case of inadequate sunlight.

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Care Tips for Monstera Seeds After Germination

Here is a brief care guide to help your new Monstera seedlings grow to adulthood.

CareSpecification
Sunlight1. Place germination tray in indirect sunlight & avoid direct exposure.

2. Provide bright sunlight by placing them in a south-facing window at 4-5 feet.

3. Use LED grow light to compensate for the absence of sunlight.
Temperature1. Maintain temperature between 70-80°F during germination.

2. Protect them from cold frost and don't let the temperature drop below 50°F.

3. Do not place them near the air conditioner or heater.
Humidity1. They prefer a relative humidity level of 50% or a bit more.

2. Low humidity will cause wilting, shriveled leaves, and too much humidity invites root rots.
Watering1. Water the seedlings daily to keep them moist and help boost the humidity.

2. Ensure to increase the watering frequency in spring and summer.

3. Water sparingly during fall and winter.
Fertilization1. Fertilize in spring and summer with balanced organic formula mixed at half strength once a month.

2. Ensure to dilute the fertilizers up to their half strength before applying them.

3. Cut back on fertilization during wintery months.

Conclusion

Monstera has been flaunting its beauty in many households since the late sixteenth century.

So, it’s no wonder you want to experience the exotic journey from small seeds to bewitching Monstera beast.

A pinch of care, patience, and dedication will surely come in handy when growing Monstera from seeds.

Good Luck!

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