The Q&A Archives: Philodendron runners

Question: I make the mistake of planting a philodendron in my turtle's yard. Now I have runners or vines running all over my yard from this plant How do I get rid of this awful plant? Also, do you think this plant is poisonous to turtles?

Answer: I'm afraid that digging out all the roots is the only safe way to get rid of the philodendron! I don't know whether or not it is poisonous to turtles but I do think that any herbicide you might use to kill the plant could harm your turtle. So, digging it out is the best solution. If you decide to plant something else, keep the plant in a large container and sink the container into the ground. This way you'll be able to remove the plant more easily because the roots will be contained instead of growing all through the ground. Wish there were an easier solution to removing the philodendron from your turtle's yard!

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