Let's Talk Tips for Growing BIG Plants
I recently tracked down old photos of what's turning out to be one of my funnest plants to grow this summer - a baby monstera I've had in propagation frames for about a year, and then began moving to bigger and bigger vases.
Yes this is the same plant in the photos above. I promise you that.
Unfortunately it's not as simple as simply putting your monstera in a bigger vase. I tried that and it wasn't until I began doing all three of these 3 tips that she really came into her own. So here's what you'll want to know to grow a similar beauty:
- A bigger vase is necessary - big leaves didn't begin showing up until a large root system had developed to support that new growth. We have Medium and Large Orb vases if you'd like to get started. But also worth noting that the first 12 months of this plant were in one of our Single Frames
- Frequently refresh the water and add nutrients - plant cells need oxygen to divide. When growing in water, this oxygen comes from the O2 molecules held between Water molecules. Replacing water replenishes this oxygen and promotes plant growth. It will also keep your roots from getting root rot. Every 2 to 3 weeks is a good rule of thumb if you're trying to promote growth
- Lots of bright light - with a big vase and frequent water replacement, you'll get fast plant growth but not big mature leaves. If your goal is to have beautiful fenestrated monstera leaves, bright light is essential. This is not to say you should put your plant out in the direct summer sunlight, that would actually cause more harm than good here. But finding bright indirect light for as many hours of the day as possible is necessary. It's clear that the moment summer indirect sun showed up for this plant, the big leaves started coming in.
Finally, growing bigger plants takes time. I've had this monstera with me for at least 2 years. I wasn't in a rush to grow it large at first and stunted it a few times with small vases and less bright lighting. I also don't use too many grow lights around my house so most of the growing for my plants comes in the summertime when days are longer.
Take your time with it and let us know how your growing journey goes.
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