The Q&A Archives: Propagation Of Philodendron

Question: I have a huge black cardinal philodendron. How can I start small ones? I tried cuttings and that didn't work.

Answer: Philodendrons usually root quite easily from cuttings, so I suggest trying again. Clip a piece of stem that has new growth at the tip. It should be about two inches long, with two-three pairs of leaves at the top of the stem. Insert the cuttings into the planting medium, just up to the lowest leaves. Rooting hormone may be used, but is not essential.

You could also try rooting in plain water, which is extremely easy for most philodendrons. Good luck!

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