Propagating Monstera Without Node- Truth Revealed!

No, we cannot propagate Monstera without a node. I am sure you know this answer too, but you are going through every possible article because you seek a little hope.

I can feel this tempting urge to see the plant growing again.

When we connect emotionally with that plant, we try every possible chance, even after knowing the truth.

Monstera plants without a node will never grow into whole parts because the nodes of Monstera house the tissues necessary for new roots, stems, and the formation of new foliage. However, cuttings with the petioles can still stay alive in the water for a long time but won’t turn into a new Monstera plant.

Propagating Mini Monstera
Propagating Mini Monstera (Source: Pinterest)

The most important thing about gardening or any plant is that you should be well known about the parts of your plant.

Once you know everything about a plant, you automatically be more sensible, and you can decide the ways of propagation and many more facts about your houseplant.

Let us dwell on deeper insights regarding the nodes, ways to propagate the Monstera, and many why and how questions.

Can you Propagate a Monstera Without a Node?

As I mentioned above, we can not propagate a Monstera without a node, as the node is the essential part for Monstera to grow new foliage and a complete plant.

You should understand about nodes to understand the fact.

What is a Node?

A node is a point on a stem where buds grow into leaves, stems, or flowers.

An axillary bud, or latent sprout of a new stem, grows directly above each node.

The axillary bud can be seen as a spherical, pointed bump that is the same color as the stem, or it can be hidden inside the stem.

The bud is sometimes obscured by the empty sheaf left behind by a leaf.

Node is the site for cellular activity and growth.

Location of Node: The node is located on the exterior surface of the stem where the leaf, bud, or a twig is attached to the stem.

The area between two nodes is called an internode. Its length depends on many factors, including genetics.

Parts of the stem with nodes and internodes
Parts of the stem with nodes and internodes (Source: Wikimedia)

Can a Monstera Cutting Without a Node Grow Roots?

The Monstera cutting without a node can grow roots. It is amazing to see the cutting without node getting roots within 2-3  weeks when you keep it in water.

But do not expect more to grow a new leaf or a complete plant.

Can you Propagate a Leafless Monstera Node?

You can propagate a leafless Monstera node as the node is the most crucial part of Monstera to grow into a new plant.

However, the growth of the plant will be slower without a leaf.

Therefore, the Monstera node with at least a leaf is perfect for propagating to get a new plant effectively.

Propagate Monstera With a Node

Once your Monstera is matured and healthy, you should propagate the plant because it always feels good to see the groups of the split leaf of the Monstera.

There are different ways to propagate Monstera plants. The easiest way is to use cuttings, whereas other methods are to propagate with air layering, separation, or seeds.

Having a successful propagation is not a 100% sure thing; there are different small things we need to consider before starting the propagation.

Monstera most likely grows during summer and spring. So, propagation in the growing season is always best.

Stem node diagram
Stem node diagram (Source:

Materials Needed for Propagation

Materials RequiredPurpose
Gardening KnifeFor stem cutting
Gardening GlovesFor safety
Potting MixPotting Medium
PerliteFor extra drainage
Rooting HormoneFor best growth
Terracotta Pot with a Drainage HoleWell draining organic pottig mix
HumidifierTo maintain the humidity

Step 1: Choosing a Monstera Node Cutting

The most crucial part of Monstera to propagate is the node.

  • Select a healthy Monstera stem with a node and a healthy leaf.
  • It is more effective if you select a stem with as least two nodes ranging from 6 to 8 inches.
  • If possible, keep aerial roots for propagation, but Monstera can propagate without aerial roots too.

Node with aerial root is best option as aerial root assist same as the soil roots. They accommodate the plant to climb with support and also helps in absorbing the nutrients making the propagation easier and favorable.

  • Select the node with a leaf in the variegated form to propagate a variegated Monstera.
  • To avoid contamination, always remember to use sterilized tools for cutting the part.
  • Cut your Monstera just below a node at 45 degrees to take a perfect cutting.

Fact: Science behind the 45 degrees angle cut of the is it increases the surface area of the cutting hence can absorb the nutrients in efficient way.

  • To secure from the chance of rotting, wait until the cut area is callous over.
  • Finally, you are ready to root the Monstera cutting after the cut end is dry enough.
Monstera Albo Cutting
Monstera Albo Cutting (Source: Etsy)

Step 2: Rooting a Monstera Node Cutting

You have two options for rooting the cuttings of Monstera; Soil and Water.

Soil propagation takes a shorter period than in water. When you transplant it, your plant won’t suffer much shock. The cons are that you cannot see roots grow, and it is messy.

Monstera water propagation is easier because it is less messy, and you can monitor roots growth, including rot cases.

Propagating Monstera in Water Medium

  • To promote rapid cell root formation, you must apply your rooting hormone on about 2 inches on the cut part.
  • Make a propagating promoter and jar with water ready.
  • Ensure the node is covered with water but don’t immerse the leaves.
  • Place in a warm and bright indirect light to that Monstera cutting.
  • Maintain the temperature ideally about 70 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Continuously monitor the water and keep changing the water every 3 to 4 days.
  • After one and a half months, your Monstera is now ready to transplant with developed roots.
  • Now, the cutting is ready to be transplanted into the potting mix.
  • The potting mix ready for the Monstera transplantation must be moist. Inspect the root and remove if any rot in the root is present.
  • Place the cutting into the pot after checking the plant carefully. Cover the nodes and roots.
  • Water the plant until the soil reaches the saturation state.
  • Take it to bright and indirect light.
Monstera cutting propagation in water
Monstera cutting propagation in water (Source: Pexels)

Propagating Monstera in Soil Medium

Propagating a Monstera directly in the soil is an easy option as there is no more need for plant transplantation from water to soil.

  • Fill a container or pot at least 3-inches in diameter with the potting medium (3 inches of soil mix, perlite, or vermiculite).
  • Moisten it thoroughly with water.
  • Apply some fungicide and rooting hormone into the cut end to avoid fungal infection and speed up the rooting process.
  • Insert your stem cuttings upright into the potting mix.
  • Water when the surface seems dry to keep the soil equally moist.
  • Place the pot in a location with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Cover the pot with a self-sealing plastic bag to limit water loss and raise the temperature.
  • Allow it to sit for 4-8 weeks before noticing new feeder roots.
  • Then, you can transplant it to a larger pot.
Young Mini Monstera propagated on soil (Source: Wikimedia)

Read Out More about the Monstera PropagationHow to propagate mini Monstera.

Tips to Take Care of Monstera After Propagation

  • Remember to keep the soil for Monstera moist and soggy for the first few days after propagation.
  • Maintain the temperature about 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity to 60%.
  • You can maintain the required temperature by placing the rooted cuttings in the terrarium. 
  • Do not stress out the Monstera with sudden temperature changes.
  • Always provide bright and indirect light for the proper growth of Monstera.
  • Pruning the plant is strictly prohibited. Any distress can discomfort the plant.
  • Do not fertilize your newly transplanted Monstera for at least 3 to 6 months.
  • Check the plant carefully; insects are likely to find the place to manifest. To prevent pest infestation in Monstera, inspect the plant timely and use clean pots and tools for maintenance. 

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Any plant has its specification, and knowing the anatomy and functions of the plant parts will help you understand your plant better.

Monstera cannot propagate without nodes, but nodes and some propagation ideas will help you grow your houseplants.

Whatever the process you choose, be gentle, enlightened, and friendly to your plant; the plant will also understand your efforts.

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