Plant Adventures: Propagating Philodendrons
Over the summer, there was a huge plant boom/surge in the apartment. The philodendron plants just started growing and crawling like crazy. I absolutely love how this plant does that - it will crawl towards the sun and just creates these beautiful, lush vines that can be draped over furniture, something that to me looks incredibly welcoming and refreshing.
Some of the vines, though, were just getting a bit too long. I knew that you could cut philodendrons and essentially replant them as separate plants. I decided to take this approach, which I found out later is called "propagating".
I cut some of the vines at the end, trying to cut at the joints (where leaves were branching off of the main vine), which was a recommendation from a friend. Then I let the plants sit in water for about a month or so in order to allow the stalks to grow roots. It is such a cool process, and I am amazed that it is as simple as it is - philodendrons are just really hearty, awesome plants.
Some of you may remember my hydrangea plant.... unfortunately, it was the only plant that didn't grow in the great plant bloom over the summer. It was a plant that couldn't be saved despite many attempts and much googling on my part. Since the hydrangea plant is no more, I used the hobnail milk glass plant holder that my mom gave me for Christmas to replant the philodendrons pictured above. Below you can see how much the two vines grew over the month that they sat in water - it's incredible! They also had rather long roots after that month which made replanting really easy.
The plants are still doing really well, so I am going to be doing this a few more times to get a few more vines to plant. It was honestly one of the easiest "projects" I've ever taken on so I wanted to share.