Day 11: ‘I have started to multiply my plant supply in isolation, I thought I would share some tips on what works for me’

Contributor: Jamilah:

“I, like most on this street during this period of isolation am filling my time inbetween meals, sleeping and cleaning. For me, house plants are a huge part of my life currently and I will count down to the day when I can spend hours in a garden centre or nursery circling the isles looking at the strange and exotic green beauties that could potentially become my ‘pets’. My husband often has to remind me that we had already been down that aisle on a number of occasions. I don’t care though as I am happiest there and I don’t want to miss anything.

I have started to multiply my current supply whilst in isolation and I have found that I have been very successful so far, thus I thought I would share some tips on what works for me. I will select one plant type per week over the coming period to share my ideas on how to breed these pretty little buggers.

Monestera Adansonii

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The great thing with a Monestera is that you can propagate this really easily in a couple of different ways, either directly into water or straight into soil. I prefer the water technique. 

Using a sharp clean knife or scissors, find a stem growing out of another stem, the great thing about the Monetera is that they root very easily and therefore you do not need a root hormone to grow and multiply your plant 

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You’ll see a node popping out just after the stem appears to be bulkier, cut just below the node. 

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Place in room temperature water, you will need to change the water every few days. Also make sure your little experiment is getting a good amount of indirect sunlight. Humidity is also a big bonus with this plant. After a couple of weeks you will (hopefully) see the root come through.

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This can now be transferred into soil. Also, fair warning: the leaves on your plant may begin looking a bit sad as the root adjusts to its new home. They should be kept moist, but don’t worry too much about sunlight, they have an odd way of reaching towards dark areas in search of something to climb on. But have some patience and you will fill your home in no time.”

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