Philodendron Propagation in Water

January 15, 2020

Philodendrons are easily one of my favorites. There are so many different varieties and each one never fails to disappoint in the looks department. They are also easy to care for and even easier to propagate in water. My current favorite is the 'Cordatum' variety. Its new leaf growth is pink. I am a major fan of pink foliage. I fan girl hard over any pink plant really #basic.

 

In this blog post, I will be going over how to propagate a philodendron in water. Due to this, it will be a short blog post - it's just that easy!

 

Firstly, you will need a philodendron plant. A healthy one is a very wise choice. Secondly, you will need a clean, sharp pair of scissors or pruners. Cleanliness is key as you do not want to cause any sort of infection with your fresh cut; just like humans - no need to bust out the polysporin though. Thirdly, you will need a clear, preferably glass, container that is large enough to hold both water and a submerged fresh cutting. Fourthly, a warm very sunny location in your house where your cat will not knock over your propagation experiment (Fat Bart takes prides in knocking over my plant babies).

 

I decided to use my prized Cordatum as an example for this blog post. There are a few pictures included at the bottom of this blog for those who like visuals - I feel ya.

 

First step, find the healthiest vine on the plant. Make a cut just below the node. The node is where the leaf meets the vine. You'll actually see a little nodule near the leaf that looks like the start of a root. 

 

Next step, remove the leaves, but leave 2 or 3 minimum. Your cutting should therefore be almost a foot long (12 inches) - ideally. These leaves are necessary for the cutting to feed itself properly - that whole thing called photosynthesis.

 

Third step, insert your cutting into your clear container of water. Make sure none of the leaves are resting in the water. Place the container in a safe, warm and very sunny location. Change the water out once every few days. You may need to do this more - depending on how many cuttings you ended placing into the same container. You may also need to top off the water in between changing it due to evaporation - especially in the winter (cheers to old houses and furnaces).

 

After a few weeks, and once the new roots are a few inches long (and there's a few different root systems), you can pop your new plant babies into a fresh pot of soil. Be careful not to over water. I typically tell clients to under water - root rot is not a fun endeavor. Keep the plant baby in a sunny location, but indirect light or else she'll burn up.

 

Good Luck :)

 

P.S. I have a separate blog post on watering - as it is an art form most struggle with.

 

 

 

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