Hi Judy, I received this plant from a friend. She told me it was very difficult to get starters from it and it could kill the plant. What is the name of this houseplant and how do I propagate it without damaging the rest of the plant?
A Heartleaf Philodendron is easily propagated using stem cuttings. Taking cuttings from a Heartleaf Philodendron will definitely not harm the plant, in fact, it will help the Mother Plant become full and bushy. A Heartleaf Philodendron is a poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets. houseplant so be sure to wear gloves when handling the plant. Here is an explanation of how to propagate houseplants using stem cuttings.
Propagation using STEM CUTTINGS is the most common technique for starting new houseplants. Use a sharp, clean scissors or razor blade to cut a 3”-5” piece from the end of a healthy plant stem just below a leaf node. A leaf node is where a leaf joins the stem. Remove all of the leaves from the bottom 1/3 of the stem. Dip the cut end of the stem in a small amount of Rooting Hormone that also contains a Fungicide. Using a Rooting Hormone that contains a fungicide helps prevent plant diseases from attacking the fragile new plant. Shake off any excess rooting powder and plant the stem section in moist potting soil. Cover the pot with clear plastic to increase the humidity and prevent the soil from drying out. Check the plant every few days to be sure the soil stays moist. Tug on the stem cuttings after a few weeks; if there is resistance, the plastic can be removed and you can start to enjoy your new plant.
If any of this in unclear please let me know.