Philodendron bipinnatifidum Transfer help - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Tim
Fresno, California (Zone 9b)
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Question by Bigfoot312
August 25, 2017
I live in Fresno, ca 9b
I have a Philodendron bipinnatifidum that is about 5 ft tall. It doesn't match the front yard and would go great in the backyard so I intend on moving it. It is planted under a coniferous tree canopy and receives probably. 25 minutes of light. Soil is compact clay, but it seems. To be doing great.

How big should I dig around to ensure a safe transplant? Should I amend the soil at all? I understand these typically need well draining soil. Most resources say full or partial shade, but also can be houseplant? Would they do well inside or under a patio without Direct sun?

Thanks so much!
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Name: Rose Athenry

Answer from thanrose
August 26, 2017

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You could practically hack it out of the ground and it will root, if given adequate soil and moisture. Not so great in full sun but then I'm in Florida. You probably have woodier roots from the larger trees around it that are growing through that Philodendron's roots. Be selective in how you cut them because pruning there could hurt those trees more than the Philly at this time of year.

So kinda loosen up the soil in a circle around it in maybe a 2 to 3 foot diameter circle, get an idea of any tree roots locations and then pry the Philly out of the ground and from around substantial tree roots.

When you replant, the Philly should probably be staked for a few months just to keep it as upright as possible. They do like to sprawl.

Name: Tim
Fresno, California (Zone 9b)
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A comment from Bigfoot312
August 26, 2017
You're a rockstar thanks

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