Propagation

How to Propagate a Monkey Mask Monstera

Loved for their gorgeous split leaves and wild vines, the Monkey Mask Monstera (Monstera-adansonii) is a fan-favourite, and we definitely know why!

How to Propagate a Monkey Mask Monstera

The good news is that Monkey Mask Monstera plants are really easy to propagate and it can be done by a variety of methods which we will explain below.

In this post, we will guide you through not only the different ways you can propagate your Monkey Mask Monster but the tools and equipment you’ll need as well as how to spot and solve any issues you may face along the way. Before you know it, you’ll have plenty more Monkey Mask Monstera plants to fill your urban jungle!

Why would you want or need to propagate your Monkey Mask Monstera plant?

Before we get into the finer propagation details, we thought it would be useful to cover off the reasons why plant parents choose to or are forced to, propagate their Monkey Mask Monstera. The main reason is often just wanting to grow more plants without having to spend any more money. Plants and plant cuttings make great gifts for friends and family which is why we always make sure to take a few cuttings from each of our new plants to share. 

The other reason why many plant parents choose to propagate their Monkey Mask Monstera is that their plant is either too long for the space or has become quite leggy. Pruning your Monkey Mask Monstera encourages bushier growth and is a great way to cut back that winter growth which can often be straggly or leggy. But it would be such a shame to throw away those beautiful Monkey Mask Monstera cuttings so why not propagate them!

You may also be forced to propagate your Monkey Mask Monstera if you see that your plant is starting to show any worrying symptoms. Brown or yellow leaves, as well as other common problems, are worrying for all plant parents. We always recommend trying to solve the problem but it’s always a good idea to take a few cuttings in case your mother plant doesn’t make it!

What tools/equipment do you need to propagate a Monkey Mask Monstera plant?

 

  • A healthy and mature Monkey Mask Monstera plant 

  • Clean, sharp scissors/shears

  • Spare pot(s) with drainage holes

  • Fresh soil and water

  • Newspaper or plastic sheet if propagating indoors

  • Rooting hormone (optional)

  • Gardening gloves (optional)

What different methods can you use to propagate a Monkey Mask Monstera plant?

The great thing about Monkey Mask Monstera plants is that there are plenty of ways to propagate them. The most common of which is vine cuttings but you can also use the layering method as well as division of the mother plant. Note that the layering technique is different to air layering. Luckily for us all, it’s much simpler as it means rooting your vines whilst still attached to the mother plant. 

Below you’ll find a detailed step by step process of each propagation method so you can figure out what’s best for you and your plant.

How to propagate a Monkey Mask Monstera plant through vine cuttings

This is the most common method of propagating Monkey Mask Monstera plants as it’s suitable for all maturities. So however big, small, bushy or leggy your Monkey Mask Monstera is, this propagation method can work for you! It’s also really easy and you can create several new Monkey Mask Monstera plants just by taking a short vine cutting. 

 

  • 1

    Locate a healthy vine (or two)

    When taking a vine cutting it’s important the part of your Monkey Mask Monstera you’re propagating is healthy to give you the best chance of success. Avoid using any vines that are showing any signs of disease or pests as these problems will be transferred onto your new cuttings.

    Each vine cutting you take from your Monkey Mask Monstera should have several healthy nodes and leaves. A node is the joint in the stem where the root would grow out from (you may feel a slight bump running a finger down the vine). If you can, try to choose a section of the plant that already has a small aerial root stub as this means root growth will be quicker but you can still have success without it.

  • 2

    Make the cut 

    Use your scissors to make a clean cut across the vine. Each cutting needs one vine to be successful as this is where the roots will grow out from. 

    Top tip: Make sure your scissors/ shears are clean when making the cut to avoid passing on dirt or any infection into the cutting(s).

  • 3

    Fill up a container with water 

    Next, fill up a container with fresh water to place your Monkey Mask Monstera cuttings into. Make sure the water you are using is temperate as hot or cold water will shock or burn your cuttings which can damage your chances at root growth. 

    We recommend using a transparent container when propagating your plants as it not only allows you to see the new roots growing (which is pretty cool) but it’ll help you spot any issues early!  

  • 4

    Place your Monkey Mask Monstera cutting(s) in water

    Make sure that the nodes on your Monkey Mask Monstera stem cutting are sat directly in the water. Then place your cuttings in bright but indirect sunlight and away from any cold drafts.

  • 5

    Refresh the water every few days 

    One of the most important steps in the propagation process is to refresh the water every 2-3 days. This keeps the water from stagnating and releasing bad bacteria into the water. Stagnant water is not only harmful to your Monkey Mask Monstera cutting, but it will also start to smell pretty bad! 

  • 6

    Be patient

    Monkey Mask Monstera cuttings should grow roots fairly quickly compared to a lot of other houseplants which is probably music to your ears. After just a few weeks, you should spot some roots growing out from the nodes.

    Don’t worry if this process takes a little longer though as it is unpredictable and doesn’t mean that it won’t be a success. As long as your cuttings are getting enough light, warmth and fresh water, you should see roots appearing soon.

  • 7

    Plant your cuttings into fresh potting mix

    Once the roots on your Monkey Mask Monstera cutting are about 5-10 centimetres in length, you can pot them into soil! You want to use a high-quality potting mix to ensure your Monkey Mask Monstera cuttings are getting the right balance of nutrients to encourage new healthy growth. Carefully place your cuttings a few centimetres into the soil, as you don’t want to damage the new delicate roots.

  • 8

    Resume usual Monkey Mask Monstera care

    As your cuttings will be quite used to living in water, we recommend watering them a little more than usual in the first few weeks to avoid the root system becoming dry and crispy. Then slowly adjust the watering and care for your cuttings as though they were mature plants. With the right care, the vines will be long enough to propagate again in no time!

How to propagate a Monkey Mask Monstera plant through layering

As we mentioned above, the layering method is very different to what is known as air layering. It’s simpler and doesn’t require cutting into the stem and using peat moss as air layering does.

 

  • 1

    Locate a healthy vine

    As with all other propagation methods, you want to make sure that you choose a nice healthy vine as any issues will harm your chances of a successful propagation of your Monkey Mask Monstera.

  • 2

    Fill a spare pot with fresh soil 

    Make sure to use a high-quality potting mix so that your vine cutting gets the right balance of nutrients. It’s also important to use a potting mix that is well-draining (you’re looking for a large amount of perlite) as this will help to prevent waterlogged soil which will rot the vine.

  • 3

    Place the vine on top of the potting mix

    Place your new pot next to the mother plant and carefully place your Monkey Mask Monstera cutting on top of the pot. It’s important that the vine is still attached to the mother plant as this will mean it still gets vital nutrients. We like to wrap the vine around in circles so that each of the nodes is touching the soil. Press in each node gently into the potting mix but don’t cover the vine or leaves entirely.

  • 4

    Keep the potting mix moist, but not soggy

    You want to keep some moisture in the top of the potting mix at all times as this will encourage roots to grow from the nodes of your Monkey Mask Monstera vine. The best way to do this is by using a spray bottle as this will help avoid waterlogged soil.

  • 5

    Be patient 

    Now that your Monkey Mask Monstera vine is happy in its pot and you are watering it occasionally, the only thing left to do is wait for roots to grow. It will be several weeks before anything happens above the soil but this doesn’t mean things aren’t developing underneath the node. 

    Whilst you might be tempted to check on progress, we strongly recommend against disturbing the vine as this can damage the delicate root growth.

  • 6

    Check on growth 

    After a month or so, now is a good time to check on root growth. Carefully dig around the nodes of your vine to see if roots have grown under the surface. If there is a healthy root system growing from the nodes, this means your propagation has been a success!

  • 7

    Remove from the mother plant 

    Now that each of the nodes has its own root system, you can carefully remove the vine from the mother plant. You can now cut up the vine into several sections, with at least one node per section. Exactly how you choose to divide up the vine is entirely up to you!

  • 8

    Continue normal care 

    Now that your new plants have their own root system, your Monkey Mask Monstera propagation process is complete! Enjoy your new plant(s) and continue to care for them as you would your mother plant!

How to propagate a Monkey Mask Monstera plant through division of the mother plant

This method of propagation is great for when you have a really mature and bushy plant that you don’t mind taking a few vines out of it. It’s also the preferred method for those who don’t want to wait months and months for roots and new leaves to grow. With the division method, you get several new Monkey Mask Monstera plants instantly!! 

 

  • 1

    Take your Monkey Mask Monstera plant out of the pot

    To propagate through the division method, you’ll need to separate the different vines to create new plants. The first step is to carefully lift your plant out of the pot, trying not to damage the leaves or root system as they are very delicate. A good way to get the plant out of the pot without tugging on the leaves is by squishing the sides of the pot to loosen the potting mix.

  • 2

    Separate out the vines

    You may have to trim off the odd root if they aren’t detangling easily but this shouldn’t harm your plant too much. Each vine should have its own roots so make sure these are healthy before dividing. If you’re struggling to see where the natural divisions in the plant are, follow each vine from the tip to the root system.

    You then want to group the vines together to form new plants. How many new plants, and how bushy each of them depends on your personal preference as well as your individual plant.

  • 3

    Place each new section in fresh potting mix

    Plant your mother Monkey Mask Monstera plant back into its original pot (or downsize slightly if you have taken away a substantial amount of the original plant as this will help with stability and avoiding waterlogged soil). Then pot your new plant(s) into well-draining potting mix. 

    Top tip: ALWAYS use fresh potting mix as bacteria and pests can hide in soil without you noticing. Although there’s still a risk with fresh soil, the risk is much much smaller. 

  • 4

    Continue normal Monkey Mask Monstera care 

    You’re all done, your Monkey Mask Monstera propagation is complete! Now all you need to do is find a good spot or a new home for each of your new plants! 

FAQs on Monkey Mask Monstera Propagation

Common problems that may arise when propagating Monkey Mask Monstera plants

Even for the most experienced plants parents, propagating houseplants can be temperamental and unpredictable. Sometimes it will go off without a hitch, other times you might never see a single root appear. But don’t worry, we have learnt the hard way to make sure you can figure out what is causing various issues with your Monkey Mask Monstera.

That’s it, your Monkey Mask Monstera propagation is complete! We hope that this guide has been useful and taught you everything you need to know. It can be a little difficult at first to know which method is right for you but there’s no harm in experimenting a little and trying out new ways to create these incredible plants. 

For more information on how to care for your Monkey Mask Monstera cuttings once they have been propagated check out our Monkey Mask Monstera care guide.

Share:

Fiddle and Thorn is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

Get our journal delivered

From us, direct to your inbox.