My Dad's 38-Year-Old Monstera

John_Alexander(5)September 10, 2012

Thought you all might like to get a look at this... this plant is older than me. My mom got it in college in a tiny pot that was small enough for her friend to hide behind her back. That was in 1974. For most of my childhood it was just kind of existing in the background, but since my dad has been caring for it, it just keeps on exploding with new life! I assume it's a monstera of some kind, although it's never had a fruit or a flower.

I kind of wonder what the future holds for this plant. We repotted it a couple of years ago (yes, really), and it's just gone wild. It was growing mostly toward the window with no leaves on the other side, so we turned it and now, as you can see, the other side has filled out. Help! It's taking over Dad's house. We keep moving it back from the window, and it's been years since he's put the Christmas tree in this room. :) We live in Colorado, so moving it outside isn't an option. As you can see, too, there are three big "trunks" hanging outside the pot, getting longer all the time, and as new leaves grow on the ends, the weight causes the trunks to twist and take on the spiral shape you see. I cringe to think of one of them breaking someday. Should something be done to it? Or is it best left alone and happy?

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It's Philodendron bipinnatifidum, also called Tree Philodendron and a few other common names. They can grow quite large but often fall over and "crawl" along the ground. Trunks that have developed their own root system can be cut off and planted.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 6:41AM
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dellis326 (Danny)

I agree, it's a Philodendron bipinnatifidum, not a monstera, this is a common misidentification.

Yeah I would leave it as it is. You can't usually take a cutting from these types of philos unless there are already roots on the stem. In which case air layering is your best bet.

I have a couple of smaller ones. Yours is amazing for one grown indoors in a cold climate.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 8:16AM
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That's a HUGE beauty! It's almost as old as I am! It must take up half the room.

Thanks so much for sharing. Some one is doing something right.


    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 9:28AM
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what a fantastic plant....its beautiful....
I was thinking of getting one of those, but I might not now, my house is not that big and I have lots of plants,
is that critter on the floor under it alive????
I have seen dogs and cats, birds in GW memebers pictures but not that kind of fellow.....thanks for posting the great plant....linda

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 9:40PM
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Ha ha, I was waiting for someone to comment on the lizard. No, he's plastic, but he seemed to fit well in the jungle that Dad's dining room has become.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 11:37PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

W O W!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 7:01AM
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