I’m happy to announce I have a limited supply of fresh Monstera deliciosa seeds available for purchase! You can find them here.
These are the same seeds that have grown my own Monstera deliciosa plants from seed that I’ve blogged about: here, here, and here. Because supply is very limited (even globally) the price is higher than many of the other online vendors that you’ll find on eBay and Etsy. But you can also be comforted to know I’ve done my homework to source high-quality seed. In other words, these seeds are not a scam like many of the international sellers that disappear or sell false seeds. Unfortunately that’s the reality of purchasing seed online for many of us.
If you’ve already purchased Monstera deliciosa seed from Baetanical, here are some tips to help with germination:
Most seeds have a protective coating that needs to break down for germination to occur. If you’ve had a difficult time germinating other seeds in the past, it may help to slightly nick the seed coating so that moisture can penetrate to the seed. Only do this step if you’ve had difficulty in the past. You can do this by softly rubbing the seed against a piece of sand paper or very lightly nicking the seed with a butter knife. Do this very lightly as you can “injure” the seed. Less is more in this case.
Give the seeds a good 12-24 hour soaking in lukewarm water. This step really helps initiate the germination process and I find it to be essential. Seed shells should soften and the seed should swell slightly (especially evident on larger seeds).
Create a seed mix that both retains moisture, but drains easily. There are several mixes out there, so I’ll suggest you experiment/research. Plant in shallow containers or in a seed flat. Bury seed to a depth of at least the width of the seed. Cover lightly with soil and keep damp and warm.
Baggie Method/Cling Film
Create a mini greenhouse by putting containers in plastic bags or cover seed flats in a cling film. This helps ensure that the Monstera deliciosa seedlings do not dry out as they emerge from their shells. Drying out is the biggest threat to their survival in the early days/weeks. Once first leaves emerge, slowly remove the plastic and harden them off to the environment.
If your space is cold, you might want to invest in a propagation mat. Once Monstera deliciosa seedlings emerge, it usually isn’t necessary to keep the mat going unless it’s below room temperature.
Young Monstera deliciosa seedlings typically do not need a ton of light. Bright, indirect light is usually sufficient. In fact, direct light can often dry them out quickly. Slowly introduce them to more light as they grow. In the winter, when light and window sill real estate was at a premium, I used this LED light for a few hours a day. The Monsteras seemed to like it—I think I only had it on maybe 5 hours a day to supplement their photosynthesis.
Keep in mind, germination can take weeks. You may want to experiment with different methods to see what works for your conditions. See these posts for additional growing information: Growing Monstera deliciosa from Seed, Monstera Deliciosa Seedling Repot – Building your Monstera Army, and Monstera Deliciosa Seedlings – A Year On.
Try growing a few seeds one way, and the rest using a different method. There are many other successful growing methods out there, but these are techniques that have worked for me. In fact, I had close to 100% germination rate on the 25 seeds that I grew last year. I believe I have 23 Monstera deliciosa plants growing from that group out of 25 seeds (in fact, one has decided to pup out, so I’m at 24).