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Question: A 6 foot philodendron selloum was transplanted over a year ago and seemed to be doing well although many aerial roots were cut. Suddenly, it began to bend at about 3-4 feet from the ground. Should I try to tie/stake it upright? Should I allow it to sag? Should I cut off the bent part? What about fertilizer for it in general?

Answer: Libby,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

The plant can be allowed to bend or staked upright. Those philodendrons can put on more trunk length than the trunk is able to support. Choose how you prefer to have it. Even if you cut it off it will most likely resprout just fine but would be rather unsightly for a while. Fertilize it monthly with a soluble plant food such as Miracle Gro following the label rates.

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