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Philodendron Rescue - Finding a Home for the Unwanted

Sometimes, you just have to trim back your house plants.

Clip and Place Cut Ends Together

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My mother in law wanted to reclaim the counter space these tendrils were using, and abusing. So, we took a sharp paring knife, and sliced the long ends off at the edge of the potting box.

I tucked the cut ends into the soil, thinking that perhaps her cut off end would produce new roots, and make her plant thicker, eventually.

Wet paper towel

Wet paper towel

Wrap around cut ends

Wrap around cut ends

Place in Ziploc bag

Place in Ziploc bag

Zip shut around tendrils to keep secure.

Zip shut around tendrils to keep secure.

Paper towel keeping cut ends moist. If they dry out, re-clip end before rooting.

When I got home, I removed the paper towel, lined up the ends and pushed the ends back into the Ziploc. Then, I inserted the bag into a quart jar.

Using cold water, I filled the ziplock to the top. The ends are all emersed under the water. Now. I wait. It may take up to two weeks to see root growth. At that time, I will then place them in my pot.

Roots drenched in water will eventually develop roots. Then, you bury the rooted end in the dirt.

Roots drenched in water will eventually develop roots. Then, you bury the rooted end in the dirt.

Tendrils hang down from rooting jar.

Tendrils hang down from rooting jar.

Eventually, I will add the rooted tendrils to this outside pot. In the fall, I will bring it in.

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Putting it all Together

So, today, I took another pot and prepared to move all my pieces and parts to the new pot.

The pot has huge holes in the bottom, so I cut a paper plate small enough to cover the holes so I wouldn't lose any rocks. I usually put a layer of rocks in so the plant roots don't sit in water if the grow to the bottom.


I used miracle grow potting soil, small cherry cherry stone, and my plants.

It was surprising that the other philodendron had almost filled that pot with roots already.

Amazing!

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Comments

Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on June 05, 2021:

Peggy Woods, thank you for your comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2021:

It is so easy to make more plants from cuttings of philodendron. Your plant looks happy in that pot!

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