The Q&A Archives: Philodendron

Question: A have a philodendron that has gotten so large that it can no longer stand up straight on its own. It is only about three feet tall (including pot) and already I have to keep it tied to a steak to keep it up. Is there any way to strengthen it, or will I have to keep it tied for the rest of its life?

Answer: The most common types of philodendron are vining plants and do require support. In some cases you can train the plant back around the same support, in other cases it just gets too large to handle. When this happens, you can usually root tip cuttings from the original plant and start a new smaller one. Another approach is to grow it as a hanging plant.

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