One of the more interesting questions I’ve heard online is whether you can propagate a Monstera stem without a node. In this article, I’ll explain everything you need to know and whether you can grow a new plant this way.
Can you propagate Monstera with a node? Unfortunately, you won’t be able to successfully propagate a Monstera without a node.
Although the stem can grow roots when placed in water, stems and leaves won’t develop so you will never get a full plant without a node.
Propagating Monstera Without a Node
Propagating Monstera without a node is something you may hear people talk about in forums or amongst themselves.
Just as importantly, some sellers of cuttings may give you stems with no nodes. If you ask them about it, a few will tell you that you can propagate the Monstera stem cutting with no nodes.
Other times, the seller will just outright even tell you that the stem cutting is viable and will grow into new plants.
But don’t get scammed!
This is something I’ve seen a few sellers try to do. And I’ve also seen buyers bite.
Unfortunately, these unscrupulous sellers are just trying to profit off of beginner houseplant owners especially because they can earn a good buck considering that Monstera plants can be very expensive.
So, in this article, I’ll go through everything you need to know about Monstera stem cuttings with no nodes and whether you can propagate them or not.
Can You Propagate Monstera Without a Node?
Simple answer is no.
Unfortunately, you cannot grow a new Monstera plant if your stem cutting does not have a node.
Yes, you can experiment. And you can try different things and see what can come out of them. But from the different things I’ve tried, the I can safely say that a Monstera stem cutting without a node cannot be propagated.
That said it is important to be aware that some plants can be grown from stem cuttings even if they don’t have nodes. However, that’s not the case for Monstera.
Thus, when taking a stem cutting you always want to make sure you have at least one node.
However, there are exceptions.
The most obvious are plants that can be propagated from leaves. Peperomia is an example of this where you can propagate it from stem cuttings with a node. Or you can also so use from leaf cuttings.
Can A Monstera Cutting Without a Node Grow Roots?
I can also tell you that if you keep the Monstera stem cutting in water for a few months, you may see it grow roots. While this does not always happen, it can.
Sadly, it cannot develop into a full plant.
The lack of a node prevents the stem from growing new stems or leaves.
So, it can get exciting if you suddenly see roots emerging from your stem cutting after months of waiting for it to propagate in water.
But don’t get your hopes too high because that’s as far as it will go.
What About Monstera Aerial Roots?
Monstera grow lots of aerial roots.
In fact, I know a few growers who hate the aerial roots and cut them off whenever they see them. That’s because they consider them unsightly.
On the other hand, I also know some growers who love aerial roots.
I fall under the second category. But not so much because I like how they look.
Instead, I love aerial roots because I’ve noticed that Monstera (and even Philodendron) stem cuttings with aerial roots have higher propagation success rates. They also root and sprout much faster. At least that’s my experience.
If you propagate a Monstera stem cutting with a in water and put the aerial roots into the water, you’ll see new roots grow from the aerial roots. In fact, new roots emerge from aerial roots faster than they do from nodes. (That’s something I’ve can verify from my experiments).
Unfortunately, while they do help with propagation, you cannot grow a new Monstera plant from aerial roots. Again, you’ll need a stem cutting with at least one node.
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What is a Node in Plants?
So what is a node and why is it so important for propagation.
In a plant, a node is the junction where new leaves grow out from the stem. Thus, when the petiole grows and forms a leaf, the part where the other end of the petiole that’s attached to the stem is called the node.
And the sections or long portions between nodes are called the internodes.
What makes nodes important is that they control the grown of buds. Buds are where new growth in plants come from including shoots, stems, leaves and flowers.
In Monstera plants, nodes look like bumps in the stems. in most cases they are very easy to spot simply because monstera stems will get very big.
For smaller plants, you’ll easily feel the nodes when you run your fingers through the stems.
The reason why you your Monstera needs nodes to propagate is because the cells responsible for new growth are in the nodes. And without one, you cannot propagate another Monstera Plant.
What Happens If You Propagate Monstera Without a Node?
As mentioned, if you try propagating a Monstera without node, it may eventually grow roots. Unfortunately, you’ll never see it develop any of the beautiful leaves that the plant is known for.
Thus, I don’t recommend spending the time or effort to do this.
More importantly, if you buy any Monstera cutting online, always make sure to check that the cutting has at least one node.
If it does not have a node, don’t buy it no matter what the seller tells you or tries to convince you.
Instead, check to make sure the cutting has a node before buying any Monstera cutting on the web.
That said, if you have a Monstera leaf, you can put it in a vase or pot with water and it will survive for months.
Propagating Monstera Node Without a Leaf
On the other hand, you can propagate a Monstera node without a leaf. So, if you receive this in the mail after your bought it online, don’t worry, you’re good.
Again, it is the node that’s the most important part when it comes to propagation.
However, it is worth noting that the growth of a Monstera node without a leaf will be slower than a similar plant with leaves or even just one leaf.
Because leaves help with overall plant development. Primarily, the leaves collect light which it uses for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process where the plant converts light into sugars, which it in turn uses for energy.
Therefore, the presence of leaves provides your plant with more resources and energy to grow faster.
So, what do you do when you get a “wet stick”?
Basically, a wet stick or wet sticks are what people online call stems with nodes but no leaves. And this is something some sellers will give you instead of the an entire stem cutting.
The thing with Monstera wet sticks is that some of them are very expensive, depending on the variety of Monstera it comes from.
So, what do you do if you get a Monstera stem with a node but no leaves?
Simply, you plant it. And it will grow roots and later a stems and leaves.
All you need to do is place it in a container and fill that with a layer of sphagnum moss, about one inch will do. Bury around half of the wet stick in the moss and keep the moss slightly moist.
The stem will also need good humidity. So, you can cover it with plastic or put it in a Ziploc bag. Then water the moss lightly about once a week.
Again, you just want it to get slightly moist not wet.
In time, you’ll see roots grow and it will develop. Just give it time.
Here’s a quick timelapse of the propagation growth of Monstera nodes without leaves.
How To Take a Proper Cutting for Propagation
In addition to knowing that your stem cutting needs a node and how to identify nodes on your Monstera plant, the one other thing you need to know is where to cut the stem around the node.
This is the final thing.
Once you get this, you’ll be able to propagate your stem cutting.
Ideally, cut the stem about an inch under the node. When making the cut, do so at a 45-degree angle. This gives the stem opening of more surface area to absorb water and nutrients. Doing so allows your cutting to grow faster.
Again, having at least one leaf will help speed up propagation significantly. Also, aerial roots are great to have if you can get a stem cutting with a node and leaf to go along with it.