Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Propagation: You’re in luck if you want to multiply your mini Monstera. It’s easy to propagate vining plants such as this one. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma can be propagated in soil or water. However, it can also be grown in LECA, perlite, or sphagnum moss.
Continue reading to learn everything you need about Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma propagation, and how to take care of your new plants.
Take cuttings of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
To propagate Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, all you need is a healthy mother plant along with a pair of pruning shears. Just in case, give them a quick wipe down with some rubbing alcohol.
Choose the vine that you would like to be sacrificed (for the greater good). You might consider sacrificing any vines that are more scraggly than others. To make your mini Monstera appear fuller, you can root them and plant them again in the same pot.
The vine can be cut anywhere you like as long as it includes a node. This is a bump where roots and new foliage can grow. It is a good idea to include a few leaves, especially if the stem has a thinner side. They will speed up the process and allow you to photosynthesise effectively.
Did You Know? A longer vine can be cut and separated into multiple pieces. Any cutting is possible as long as there are at least two nodes and some leaves. You can transform a single vine into many new plants by this method.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma propagation by water
You can easily propagate Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma cuttings by sticking them in a glass full of water. This is the most efficient way to get it done. The glass should be placed in a place in your home that gets bright sunlight, but not direct sun. This will prevent the water from overheating. A little warmth can make your cuttings mushy, but too much heat can cause them to become too hot.
Once you have found the right spot to plant your cuttings, patience is key. Keep the water changing every other day and watch out for the nodes. This is where the roots will grow. When they are about an inch (5 cm) in length, you can plant your new Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plants. They can be a little grumpy initially, as the roots adjust to living in the soil.
Are you not ready to pot? It’s okay. They can be fined in water for long periods, as you can see by the cuttings.
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Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma soil propagation
You don’t want the hassle of rooting your cuttings in water, then having to transplant them to the soil. It’s fine to grow your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma in soil. My soil propagations are often destroyed, but others have better success rates than mine.
A light aroid mix is best for establishing your mini Monstera in soil. Although I prefer potting soil that contains plenty of perlite and bark, everyone has their favourites. You can use it as long as it drains well. Although plastic nursery pots can be a great choice for starting plants, any container with drainage holes will do.
Here are the steps to rooting in soil:
- (Bonus Step) To speed up the process, dip the cutting into some rooting hormone.
- Stick the cuttings in the soil until at least one of the nodes touches the mixture. If necessary, use bobby pins for support.
- Spraying the soil works well if you lightly moisten it. It doesn’t need to be wet.
- (Bonus Step) To keep moisture and warmth in check, place the entire thing in a clear plastic bag.
- You will need a spot that receives bright, but indirect sunlight to cut the flowers.
- The soil should be kept moist. You won’t need to water or spray often if you have chosen the bonus step of a mini greenhouse’.
- If you are unsure if the cutting has begun rooting, you can give it a gentle tug. If there is resistance, you are probably safe!
- You can consider your propagation attempt successful once you feel that the root system has established itself or when you see the first signs of new leaf development on the cutting. At this point, you can take out the mini greenhouse.
Tip Your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma cutting may look a bit sluggish for a while. It will likely sulk after being placed in soil without any way to absorb water. No worries!
Other Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma methods of propagation
Because these methods are simple, most plant lovers prefer to propagate in soil or water. However, there are other options!
You can also look for other Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma propagation techniques:
- Growing in LECA. Fill your baggie with clay LECA stones. Then, place the cuttings inside. Fill the rest of the container with water. The LECA should be able to absorb moisture from your cutting without soaking it too much.To increase the moisture and warmth, you can also place the entire thing in a clear plastic baggie.
- Perlite propagation. The same thing except that perlite is used instead of LECA. It is a matter of preference and what you have available.
- Growing sphagnum moss in a cup or baggie. Instead, moisten the sphagnum moss until it is damp, but not soaked, then stick the cutting there.
After they have rooted, you can transfer them to your preferred aroid soil mix using any of these methods. Although they can be kept in LECA, perlite, or moss for a while you should supplement with fertilizer.
Did You Know? Vining plant-like Rhaphidophora isn’t a good candidate for air layering, an alternative method of propagation. They have thin stems that make it difficult for air layering to work. If your mature speciment has thick stems there is nothing to stop you!
Caring for Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
Your Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma propagation effort was successful. The cutting is now rooted and ready to be planted in the medium of your choice. What now? Here’s the good news: it’s not difficult to care for your new plant. Mini Monsteras love bright indirect light, good drainage, and lightly moist soil.
You can find more information about how to grow this species successfully in the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma care manual.
If you have any more questions about propagating Rhaphidophora tetrasperma or if you want to share your own experiences with this delightful aroid, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
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