You can grow more than one monstera in a pot. Multiple mature plants can grow in the same pot to create a bright feature with multiple species. Growing more than one monstera in a pot will create a fuller look with a dense and bushy habit. You can take cuttings from your monstera and plant them with the mother plant or plant multiple stem cuttings together.
Monstera are a hardy, forgiving plant and grow well in the same pot with other monstera species. They will grow high up a moss grow pole for support to create a great display.
Nurseries will sometimes sell more than one monstera in one pot to make it look fuller. They can often be more expensive but you will get a fuller plant with at least 2 growing stems. Monsteras grow as vines so rarely branch off from the single stem. For more stems then plant more plants in the same pot.
This article will explore all you need to know about planting more than one monstera in a pot. There are some easy tips to help the plants thrive and grow new leaves.
Planting mature monstera plants and cuttings together in a pot
If you have taken a monstera cutting from your own plant or bought one online then you can plant them successfully with a mature plant. Find a pot that is slightly bigger than the main plant and grab some good quality potting soil.
Gently place the cutting and mature plant together in the new pot and backfill with potting soil. Avoid disturbing the roots of the monstera too much to reduce transplant shock. Water it well to settle the soil in around the plant roots.
Place it in a bright position and remember to avoid overwatering.
For more on how to water monstera plants, check out my previous article here: Drainage for Monstera | Best Pots, Soil and Ways to Water
Planting 3 monstera plants in the same pot
You can definitely plant 3 monstera plants in the same pot. This will work best when the plants are small or are cuttings that have been rooted in water. Choose a pot that will just fit the cuttings in with their roots. Backfill with good quality potting soil and water it well.
Always allow the water to drain well when watering and avoid letting water sit in the pot tray or outer pot. Planting 3 monstera cuttings in a small pot will help to avoid overwatering as they settle in. After around 1-2 years you can transplant all of them into a new pot with slightly more room.
The roots will grow and intertwine so do not try to separate the plants. This is more likely to cause root damage and the cuttings could die when transplanted.
Benefits of growing more than 1 monstera in a pot
There are some great benefits to growing more than one monstera in pot. Check out these great reasons to try growing multiple monstera plants in one pot.
1. Grow a fuller plant
The top reason to grow multiple monsteras in the same pot is to create a fuller look. Single monstera plants can look sparse as they grow like a vine. They will grow a single leaf every 3-4 inches in most cases which can lead to gaps.
To solve this problem you can grow more than one monstera in the same pot to help it to fill out. Two plants is better than one when it comes to creating a large display of dense leaves.
2. Train them up a grow pole
Multiple monstera plants can be trained up a grow pole to create a tropical look. Each vine can be wrapped or trained up a moss pole to add height and lots of leaf coverage. Grow poles help the leaves to reach more vertical light and prevent the plants from competing with each other.
3. Create a colorful display
If you have multiple varieties of monstera with and without variegation and different colored leaves, planting them in the same pot is a great way to create great feature. Plant white and non-variegated varieties together to add interest. These plants love the same conditions and will be happy in the same pot.
4. Achieve height and depth
Planting more than one monstera plants in the same pot will help to create a display with more height and depth. If you are looking for a large display, you can plant 2 or even 3 plants in the same pot.
Tips for growing more than one monstera in a pot
Here are my tips for growing more than one monstera plant in a pot. There are a few things to know first before you get going with your monstera planting.
Choose good quality potting soil
It is always important to choose a top quality potting soil but this is particularly important when growing multiple monstera together. These plants will have less space and less access to soil so you must start off with top quality.
Choose a potting soil with added slow release fertilizer to feed the plants for the first 3 months. Good quality potting soil will contain lots of organic matter to aid in drainage and coarse sand to help to hold the plants upright.
Choose a pot that is large enough for both plants to grow
When choosing a pot for more than one monstera make sure is room for both root balls. It is important not to create too much space as excess soil will hold too much water can lead to rot. Choose a pot that just fits the two root balls of the mature plants. You can gently remove some of the excess soil but try and not to disturb or damage the roots.
If you are planting multiple monstera cuttings together then you can start with a small pot. A pot that is around 4-5 inches across is usually a good start for 2-3 small monstera cuttings.
Water them in well to settle in the root
After planting your monstera plants together it is important to water them well. This will settle the soil in around the roots and fill in any air pockets. This is very important when fitting 2 mature monstera plants in the same pot. There will only be a small amount of room for extra soil so water it in well to help the soil move into the gaps.
Add a grow pole when you replant them
Adding in a grow pole when planting more than one monstera together is a great idea. You can train the monstera vines to grow up the moss pole to help the leaves to reach the light and avoid competing with each other.
Adding the grow pole when you replant monsteras is ideal to avoid disturbing the roots as they grow.
Prune old leaves regularly
Pruning any old or damaged leaves off is particularly important when growing more than one monstera in the same pot. The plants will be competing for light so make sure there aren’t any old or damaged leaves blocking the light for the healthy leaves.
Pruning off old monstera leaves will help the rest of the plant to get plenty of light.
Take care when transplanting mature plants
When transplanting mature monstera plants take care not to damage the roots as you move them into their new pot. Find a pot that is large enough to support both root balls without having to remove any extra roots.
Make sure the pot is just big enough to fit the two plants. A pot that is too large will hold too much water and can cause the roots to develop rot.
Place them on a stable pot stand or on the ground
Multiple monstera plants can grow large and heavy so make sure that they are in a position where they can’t fall off a bench or book case. It is better to have large monstera plants on the ground or on a pot base. These look great and can be moved around as seasons change. You can even get small pot trays on wheels which are very easy to move.
Can I put more than one monstera in a pot?
You can safely grow more than one monstera in the same pot if you use good quality potting soil, find a brightly lit position and water it regularly (but not too much). Prune off any old leaves to allow the light to reach the healthy leaves and train the monstera up a grow pole to add height and interest. Combine different monstera varieties in the same pot for a great feature.
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