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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 10, 2016 4:21 PM CST
Hi there!

I just got my first split-leaf philodendron and I am loving it!! I've got a question regarding dead/yellow leaves...

Where do I make the cut? OR do I just let the plant do its thing and leave it? If I cut right below the leaf, will a new one grow or will I just be left with a long, strong stem?

I've read a few posts suggesting I cut where the stem meets the petiole but I cannot identify where that is.

PLEASE HELP! A photo would be greatly appreciated if you can! *I've attached a photo of my plant as well as a close up of the leaf in question! Thank you<3


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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 10, 2016 4:43 PM CST
Welcome to ATP! Welcome!

The petiole is the stem that attaches the leaf to the plant. The stem is the part of the plant that all the leaves, with each leaf petiole, is attached.

Does that help? As I can't see where the leaf/petiole is attached to the stem, I can't tell you where to cut. If you are still confused, try to take a photo of the inside of the plant showing the main stem and leaf attachments.

Daisy
Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 10, 2016 5:23 PM CST
Thank you Daisy. Does this mean, for every leaf I want to get rid of I must cut the long, strong, (sometimes 4ft.) petiole along with it? I suppose this makes sense as I've been told with some of my other plants to remove dead leaves at the base. It is just so sad to me because these petioles are so long and big.

Vee
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greene
Mar 10, 2016 5:39 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome to ATP.
I realize my answer does not address your questions but I see evidence of children in the home. Please be careful to teach the young ones to keep away from the houseplants as some can be toxic to children and pets.
Here is one link to show some of the plants to keep away from children:
http://www.the-essential-infant-resource-for-moms.com/Poison...
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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 10, 2016 5:50 PM CST
Thank you greene. I am aware my split-leaf, among other plants I have, is poisonous.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 10, 2016 8:06 PM CST
Vee, you could leave the tattered leaf. It is still photosynthesizing or it wouldn't be green. Cover the leaf with your hand and see what the plant would look like without it and then decide. The petiole is also photosynthesizing so you could just cut the leaf off but I suspect that without the leaf, the petiole will brown and drop off.

Daisy
Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 10, 2016 11:03 PM CST
Awesome! Thank you Daisy!
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Mar 11, 2016 10:37 AM CST

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Here's a photo from our database showing where to cut.
Evan
Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 11, 2016 11:50 AM CST
Groovy. Thanks Evan!

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