Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, also known as the mini monstera, is a species of flowering plants belonging to the family of Araceae. This plant is native to Malaysia and Southern Thailand.
There’s a high chance that you have seen this plant somewhere on social media because this plant is all in the rage these days. It has become quite popular due to its cute leaves, easy-going nature, and faster growth rate.
This plant often gets confused with Monstera deliciosa due to their striking resemblance, but R. tetrasperma is certainly different than monstera.
If you own this plant and want to learn how to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, then look no further! In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about how to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma.
- Everything You Need to Know on How to Propagate Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
- Method 1: Propagation Through Water
- Method 2: Potting Mix / Soil Propagation
- Method 3: Sphagnum Moss and Perlite
- Method 4: LECA / Clay Balls
Everything You Need to Know on How to Propagate Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
In the following text, you’ll learn everything from taking a cutting of your plant to planting it and learning the different ways to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma.
Quick Care Guide for Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is not a delicate kind of plant, and it is also very easy-going, minimal, and easy to take care of.
- Rhaphidophora tetrasperma likes to live in moist soils, so make sure your plant baby is getting enough water but don’t drench them.
- To keep your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma happy, make sure they get bright sunlight. It tends to get sad in dim or low lights, and leaves start drooping.
Important Tip: Don’t put your plant in direct sunlight. Make sure the plant only gets indirect sun.
- It grows best in highly humid areas, but your normal room humidity of around 45% will also work. If you live in a dryer area, you can use an air humidifier or spray some water using a mister to increase humidity.
- Fertilizers are not required as much, but if you need to fertilize, a normal seaweed fertilizer will do perfectly for this plant.
Tools You Need for Propagation
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is fairly easy to propagate. The following guideline will help you learn how to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma and grow multiple plants from one plant. You’ll need the following simple items to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma.
- Sharp scissors or shears
- Rooting hormones
- Pots and jars
- Sphagnum moss
- LECA balls/Clay balls
Methods of Propagating Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
You can propagate your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma using various methods, including propagation through water, soil, perlite, or sphagnum moss.
Each of these methods is discussed in detail with instructions, and for your further assistance, a video tutorial on how to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma has been attached.
How to Take a Cutting for propagation?
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma do not grow roots from their leaf-cutting. Therefore, you need to include a little bit of steam in your cutting. For taking a cutting, use sharp scissors or knife and cut below an inch from the node and include at least one leaf in your cutting.
Since you know all the basics now, let us dive into learning how to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma using various methods.
Method 1: Propagation Through Water
- One of the easiest ways to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma cuttings in water.
- Take a sharp knife or scissors and cut a piece off from the plant, including at least one node and a leaf, and cut about ¼ inch below the node.
- Put the cutting in the water and ensure that the node is submerged underwater because the new roots sprout from the nodes.
- Now place your jar somewhere with bright and indirect sunlight, and be sure to change the water after a few days or week as it gets slimy and fill the water as it gets lower.
- It will take a few weeks for the roots to grow a few inches. Once the roots have grown, you can transfer the cutting into a normal pot, give it some good watering then continue to take care of it as you normally would.
Method 2: Potting Mix / Soil Propagation
- You can also easily propagate your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma using soil or potting mix.
- Take a sharp knife or scissors and cut a piece off from the plant, including at least one node and a leaf and cut about ¼ inch below the node.
- Dip your cutting in a rooting hormone before putting it in soil. It will boost the growth of the roots.
- Place the cutting in your pot and ensure that the node is covered below the potting mix because the new roots sprout from the nodes.
- Now water the cutting and keep the soil moist as the plant prefers moist soil to grow in.
- Make sure the size of the pot is large enough to place the cutting and keep the node below the soil.
- Place the plant in a nice place with bright indirect sunlight.
- After about a month, the roots would’ve grown and start establishing a root network in the pot. You can check them by giving a very gentle tug (don’t pull too hard) to the cutting to check for resistance. If there is resistance, the roots have started to establish in the pot.
Method 3: Sphagnum Moss and Perlite
- Sometimes the transition after cutting from the soil into the water can shock the plant. To avoid this shock, put your cutting in sphagnum moss and perlite.
- Take some sphagnum moss and make it wet. Squeeze out any excess water and place it in a pot with a perlite mixture.
- Perlite will allow good aeration.
- Now take your cutting and place it in the mixture of moss and perlite, and to provide more nutrients, you may also use worms’ castings or fertilizers since the moss and perlite mixture don’t have enough nutrients.
- Cover your pot with a plastic bag because the moss tends to dry out quickly. Keep the pot humid, moist and in indirect sunlight.
Method 4: LECA / Clay Balls
- Fill half a jar with LECA balls and place your cutting in it. Fill a little more over the top with LECA balls to hold the cutting in place.
- Now fill your jar with water just below the nodes. (don’t submerge them in water)
- The trick here is to keep the cutting just above the water so that when the water evaporates, the balls on the upper levels stay moist and humid, providing a good environment for your cutting to grow.
- Cuttings will grow roots in LECA pretty soon, and you’ll be able to transfer them in soil without giving much shock to the plant.
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma has become quite famous recently, and due to its increased demand, the prices have also gone up. So, if you didn’t know how to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma properly and had to buy a new plant every time, well, now you know.
With minimum effort and cost, you can propagate your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma and grow many plant babies to adorn your home.
Propagate your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma with our helpful guide, and it will make a lovely housewarming gift for your friend!
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