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May 4, 2020 11:34 AM CST
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Stoney Creek, Ontario
I ordered on line from Hapers Garden Center in Southern Ontario two Pink princess philodendron plants. Both the plants are all dark green or burgandy with tiny few freckles and one with a needle thickness pink stripe. The one plant they sent me has 4 leaves missing at the bottom row. They left the stems to the leaves. They stick out from the main plant stem. Should I cut the sems off? Did the leave the stems on for a reason to balance the upper plant? They might have got broken in transportation in a open box delivered locally to me by their own company truck a few days ago. I just don't know if I should cut off the protruding stems at the bottom row or if new leaf shoots will come out of them after the slit heals and closes up like it does on a syngonium and peace lily does. If you cut off a broken baby that just came out of a stem. The mother stem to the new leaf closes up after a month and it shoots out a new leaf eventually.
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May 5, 2020 2:33 AM CST
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May 5, 2020 3:53 AM CST
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Stoney Creek, Ontario
I will have to do that later. Right now busy, but the plant is totally healthy just like on their site. Nothing wrong with it. The leaves didn't fall off because of over or under watering. Just wondering if the stems should be cut off or not. I think the plant may have a chance to grow new leaves from the bottom row stems. Just want a 2nd opinion if that could happen?
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May 5, 2020 10:18 AM CST
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Stoney Creek, Ontario
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As you can see the plant is very healthy. There is two plants in this clap low planter pot. I have it in the catch for any water drips. Then I remove it. Though as you can see on one plant there is no middle top leaf, though it is having a baby. One the one plant the bottom has 4 stems that used to have leaves on them, nothing looking to give birth of a leaf yet. Though I do suspect it will. Should I leave them all or cut the stems off to give the rest new energy? I think leave them as I don't want to shock the week old plant anymore then my transplanting of them two I did the day after they were delivered. Not to mention shock the mother at the top giving birth of a new leaf. Though My thoughts are if by the end of summer not one of the 4 naked stems gives me a leaf, then I will cut it off. What do you think?
May 5, 2020 12:11 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Welcome! I think you are overthinking your new plant. Be happy that it is healthy. Concentrate on giving it the light and water that it needs and let it grow as it will on its own schedule.
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