Monstera Albo Node

Monsteras are subtropical vine climbers native to Peru and Venezuela. Monstera Albo, also known as the “swiss cheese” plant, is a part of the much sought-after Monstera family. The large bright variegated leaves identify it as the Monstera Albo. The splashes of color on the leaves are so conspicuous; they appear to be whitewashed walls.

The nodes of the Monstera Albo, which contain the cell groupings that promote growth, are much sought after by gardeners.  Therefore to ensure the nodes are undamaged when propagating and prevent node rot, issue some extra care and attention.

You’ve noticed your Monstera Albo is quite overgrown and requires trimming. However, you would like to save the nodes from growing more plants for friends and family.  Read on, and this article will assist you with any information you require about your Monstera Albo Nodes.

What is A Monstera Albo Node?

For those unfamiliar with Monstera Albo, if you take a closer look at your plant, you will notice the nodes and internodes.  The nodes are areas where new growth occurs, including stems, leaves, and aerial roots.  Nodes are widespread on Monstera plants seeing as they are vine plants. 

The nodes contain the cell groupings that promote growth.  From just one node, you can influence the growth of other plants, given the right growing conditions and allowing the plant to adapt to its environment. 

Armed with the knowledge that growth originates from the nodes, it enables you to influence the Monstera’s growth, depending on how you wish to use the nodes.

You can do this in two ways.  You may choose to encourage growth from a specific area, in which case you will trim above the node, making sure to leave the node on the stem attached to the plant.

Or you may decide to propagate from the stem you are trimming off, in which case you will cut below the node, taking the stem with the node. 

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Is It Possible To Propagate A Monstera Albo Without A Node?

Your favorite aunt has given you a leaf from her Monstera Albo under the impression that you would be able to propagate a new plant.  Unfortunately for you both, this is not possible. 

Monstera Albo, requires a node to encourage new growth.  Cell growth is concentrated in the new nodes; there cannot be any further growth without these. 

How To Identify Nodes on Monstera Albo

The Monstera Albo, is riddled with nodes throughout the plant.  The skill is finding one that is appropriate for propagating.  To find the node, look at where the stem meets the leaf or a split from the main plant stem.

You easily find the node on a more mature stem by the thick brown dry-looking ring around the stem.  The stem part may appear thicker than the rest of the plant.  If you notice an aerial root appears, this is sometimes a clear indication of the presence of a node.

Read more: Monstera Fertilizer: Best Options (Plus 6 Important Fertilizing Tips)

Purchasing A Monstera Albo Node? What To Look Out For

When purchasing a node from a seller, it helps to know what to look for.  Because Monstera Albo is a much sought-after and expensive plant, it helps to be ahead of any scammers. 

To ensure your node will give you a beautiful plant, look at the variegation markings on the node. Monstera Albos have very distinguished white markings on the leaves.  When you notice similar markings on the node, it is clear; the node is from the same plant. 

However, if you notice the node is all green, it is possible the plant is reverting to its original state and is highly unlikely to have white splashes on the leaves.

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Preparing A Monstera Albo Node

When preparing your Monstera Albo for propagation purposes, you need to take a few precautionary measures. 

When trimming, ensure you use a clean, sharp pair of scissors or knives.  Use only filtered water for propagation.  The last thing you want is undesirable bacteria to affect your plant and kill it.

The Monstera Albo is a precious plant, and for regular sellers, this is an easy step.  If trading with other sellers, you may miss this step; however, it is best to take extra security measures.  Rather be safe than sorry most definitely applies to Monstera Albo as well!

How To Root Monstera Albo Nodes

Once you have chosen your node and taken every precaution to propagate successfully, you may root your Monstera Albo Node. 

If you have selected an aerial root, then use the rooting hormone.  Gardening experts also suggest using a product like “SuperThrive.”  Add a diluted form of “Superthrive” to your propagation water. If any, the nodes and aerial roots should be below the waterline.  Clip any leaves if required but ensure leaves are above the water. 

Your gardening expert will advise you to use sphagnum moss for propagation.

Place the glass container with the node in a warm place, which will assist with root growth.  Monstera Albos’ enjoy the sun so make sure the area gets plenty of sunlight, though it must be indirect sunlight.  Harsh, direct solid sunlight damages the plant.

Within a few weeks, you will notice root sprouts appearing.  When the roots are approximately two inches in length, the plant is ready to be potted into the soil.

If you are impatient to have your Monstera Albo, try to get a node with roots.  A node with roots will facilitate the process of propagating a new plant. 

Root Rot In Monstera Albo Node

When you are new to the propagation of Monstera Albo Nodes, you need to watch for root rot or node rot.  Monstera Albo is well known for quickly rotting.  However, you can prevent this from occurring and ensure a successful propagation. 

Steps To Prevent Node Rot On Monstera Albo

Your Monstera Albo is a valuable plant.  Before it can grow, the last thing you need to catch some bacteria that will kill it before it can grow.  Therefore, as any gardener will advise you to take every precaution at each step to ensure this doesn’t happen.  Below are steps for propagation and precautions to be taken.

Sanitizing Cutting Tools

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Just as a doctor will not operate with unclean tools, why should you propagate your Monstera Albo with unclean equipment!

  • Always sanitize all your cutting equipment, be it scissors, knives, or shears.  The foremost reason is to prevent bacteria on the knives or shears from infecting the plant. 
  • You may choose to sanitize with rubbing alcohol.  Apply some alcohol to a cotton pad, and wipe down the knife or scissors. 
  • Alternatively, washing in warm water and soap works just as well.  If choosing this method, you need to dry thoroughly using a paper towel, to prevent rust build up on the cutting tool. 
  • Using a blow-torch is another helpful method of sanitizing cutting equipment.  This method is most beneficial in removing any bacteria on the blade effectively.  It also helps cauterize the stem, so the plant begins the healing process quicker.

Your cutting equipment is now ready for use!

Related: Propagating Monstera Without Node: Important Expert Tips

Propagation Methods Preventing Node Rot

There is always new information coming out regarding propagation.  As a new plant owner, you may be confused about which method to propagate your Monstera Albo Node.  I have selected three tried and tested methods and innovative ones, introducing new materials. 

1. Water Propagation With Air Stone

Gardening enthusiasts don’t recommend plain water for propagation as there is still a chance for node rot and algae growth that will suffocate the roots, thereby killing the plant.  However, the algae may be due to a lazy gardener not changing the water regularly. 

Proper air circulation is best for water propagation.  Circulating the air also creates movement in the water, prevents stagnant water, and infuses the water with oxygen while discouraging node rot.

2. Propagation Using LECA

The intrinsic design of LECA allows it to have space between the clay balls; they are ideal for aerating the roots without increasing the chance of node rot.  Many gardening enthusiasts suggest you use filtered or bottled water with LECA. 

     The use of fertilizers is frowned upon until the roots are more solid. 

3. Propagation By Sphagnum Moss

In recent times, Sphagnum moss has gained popularity as a propagation tool for Monstera Albo.  Should you choose to go with Sphagnum moss, you must ensure the moss is constantly moist but never wet. 

However, the experts’ advice using an enclosed space such as a hydroponics dome, a terrarium, a glass jar, or even a clean storage bin will be ideal for propagating your Monstera Albo node in sphagnum moss.

Conclusion

The nodes of the Monstera Albo are as valuable as the plant itself, for it is one way to propagate a new plant.  Just as with the child of another person or animal, regard the nodes as children.  Therefore, give the utmost care and attention to prevent damage or rot. In this way, you may ensure the continuation of the plant species.

Reference

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