All Things Gardening forum: Need climbing stake for my philodendron

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 27, 2013 6:53 PM CST
My Gordon's Gold philodendron is doing very well. I have a small stake holding up but it needs a wider one so that the "roots" have something to grab on to. I know they sell cedar plank like pieces at the stores. Is there something I might have around the house/garage that it would love to climb on when I repot it?
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RickCorey
Aug 27, 2013 8:10 PM CST
Stiff welded wire fencing to make a small circular cage around the pot?

Thin bamboo poles lashed in a tripod, parked over the pot or tied to it?

Stiff wire from a straightened-out coat hanger?
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 27, 2013 8:16 PM CST
Here's an idea that @threegardeners shared with us. Might work for you:

http://garden.org/ideas/view/threegardeners/881/Make-Your-Ow...
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 27, 2013 8:44 PM CST
^^That's IT, Sharon! I can do THAT! Thanks so much!
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 27, 2013 9:11 PM CST
So glad it helped!
Also so glad I remembered the article. Big Grin
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threegardeners
Aug 28, 2013 5:40 AM CST
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 31, 2013 9:20 PM CST
I finished my moss pole today. I used Lee Anne's idea plus Sandyb/Weedwhacker's idea and put a watering pole in the center. Here's my photo tutorial using plastic mesh, rubber coated wire I upcycled from an old garden project, and some other things I had on hand.

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I used the space between the deck boards to drill the holes into the pvc pipe. Oh, and my foot. It held the pipe square and drilling was a breeze!
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Shoe Goo. Find it for $4 in the Walmart Shoe department. It is lousy when used on shoes but I uses it for everything else. It dries into a soft rubber feel. Here, I squished it into the pvc pipe to act as a stopper so that the water will come out of the holes instead of going directly to the bottom of the pot. I used a chopstick I found in my kitchen drawer to tamp it down the best I could.
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Shoe Goo doesn't come out of the tube easily. I guess you could use a caulking gun and caulk? Anyway. I squished it into the pipe
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I marked the lowest holes with a chopstick thinking I could get the Shoe Goo all the way down that far before it dried. I couldn't The plug ended up being somewhere between the bottom of the pole and half way to the first hole..
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Next I secured the pipe by slipping the chopsticks into the top and bottom holes. I used a twist tie to secure it to the mesh to keep it in the center of the pole.
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I used Spanish Moss. I had it soaking for about 30 minutes until it was soft and malleable. I stuffed it into the plastic mesh. The holes were about 1" square and that made it easy to push the wet moss around to where it needed to be.
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Next I cut the mesh and flared it out on the bottom of my pot. I used more rubber coated wire and slipped it through the drain holes in the pot to secure the pole to the pot.
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On the bottom of the pot, you can see where I used the rubber coated wire as a cotter pin. There is a drain plate below the pot that will not only hide it but hold it down.
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The finished product.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 31, 2013 9:28 PM CST
YES!!!!
You did such a great job. And thanks for sharing it step by step.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 31, 2013 10:00 PM CST
Okay. The bad news, I noticed when I transplanted, the base of the plant was cracked almost in half and calloused over. I went ahead and cut it free. The plant is on it's own now. But knowing a philodendron, it will thrive. I cut the remaining rooted plant into two so hopefully I will get two more plants of it. It is Gordon's Gold/Philodendron bipennifolium
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 31, 2013 10:08 PM CST
It will grow! I never worry about Philodendron, in no time at all it will be happy happy!
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Sep 1, 2013 4:43 AM CST
Awesome!!
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critterologist
Sep 1, 2013 8:40 AM CST
Great step by step photos! Love the tips on getting the watering tube drilled, centered, etc. And extra thanks for telling me about Shoo Goo, which I'd never noticed on the shelf. :-)
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Sep 1, 2013 9:05 AM CST
Ingenious! You got to admire a job well done! congrats… Thumbs up

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