Should you put aerial roots in water?

Answered by Cody Janus

When it comes to the question of whether or not you should put aerial roots in water, the answer is a resounding no. While it is true that aerial roots have the ability to absorb moisture, constantly placing them in water is not the best approach for your plant’s health.

Firstly, it’s important to understand the function of aerial roots. These roots are specialized structures that typically grow above the ground and serve multiple purposes. One of their main roles is to provide additional support to the plant by anchoring it to its surroundings. Additionally, they can also absorb moisture and nutrients from the air.

However, aerial roots are not designed to be submerged in water for extended periods of time. Doing so can actually lead to a host of problems and potentially harm your plant. One of the primary issues is the risk of rot. Aerial roots that are constantly in contact with water are more prone to fungal or bacterial infections, which can quickly spread and damage the root system.

Moreover, when aerial roots are submerged in water, they may not receive adequate oxygen. Like all roots, aerial roots need oxygen to function properly. Without enough oxygen, the roots can become stressed or suffocated, leading to root rot and overall plant decline.

Instead of submerging aerial roots in water, a better approach is to regularly mist or spray them. This allows the roots to absorb moisture from the air without the risk of overexposure to water. You can use a spray bottle filled with water to mist the aerial roots once or twice a week, or as needed depending on the humidity levels in your environment.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that aerial roots can also be used to propagate your Monstera plant. If you have a healthy and mature aerial root, you can carefully cut it off from the main plant and place it in a suitable growing medium, such as a mix of sphagnum moss and perlite. By providing the right conditions, such as warmth and humidity, the aerial root can develop into a new plant.

While aerial roots have the ability to absorb moisture, it is not advisable to put them in water 24/7. Submerging aerial roots can lead to rot and suffocation, which can harm your plant. Instead, opt for regular misting or consider using aerial roots for propagation purposes. By taking proper care of your Monstera’s aerial roots, you can ensure the overall health and vitality of your plant.