How to Propagate Over-grown Philodendron Plant

Hi Judy. This plant belonged to my wife’s grandfather and she is 68 years old. It is gradually getting worse and we don’t know how to care for it. I would like to try rooting a cutting if possible.

Wow that plant is really over- grown and in need of a haircut. Your plant is a type of philodendron. There are a few things I’d recommend. If you could find the ends of any of the stems, cut off at least 6-8″ from every one of them. Use 4″-6″ of the clippings from the


healthiest stems to start a new plant. The plant might look a little naked, but this would also encourage the mother plant to become bushier. Try to take the plant out of its pot to see how root bound it is. If the roots have taken on the shape of the pot, you need to move it to a larger pot. Even if you don’t change the pot, give the poor thing some new good potting soil. I think the plant would benefit from a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.    . I talk about it in the Glossary. I have seen it do wonders for really stressed plants.