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May 13, 2020 6:08 PM CST
|I recently acquired a Philodendron Selloum from a friends garden. They were moving and I was given permission to take a section from her own, which there were several of them covering about a 15 foot radius. I used a very sharp knife and cut diagonally on the roots (the ones that laid on top of the soil and as well as into the dirt where the heart shaped palm-looking trunk was. The palm-looking trunk I took home was about 8 inches long and four inches wide and there were 3 large stems/leaves to the section I took.
Immediately after cutting the roots, I gently wrapped the roots/trunk in a damp rag and immediately planted it in a gallon size pot with soil mixture made for palm plants when I got home. I put it near a window that gets indirect light from the morning sun which lasts only about 3-4 hours at its brightest. I watered the plant with a miracle grow plant food (about 1/4 tsp with a gallon of water). This is all that has been done since removing it from my friend's yard and I am afraid I shocked the plant beyond repair because one of the leaves is predominately yellow now and very wilted, stem pretty thick and sturdy though. A second leaf is still green, but looks yellowish (perhaps in the beginning stages of whatever happened to the first one I just mentioned). The third leaf is as is when I took the plant home.
I am hoping someone can shed some light on what went wrong and how I can save this beautiful plant!
Photo before and now attached. Someone, please help!!
Name: Will Creed
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May 14, 2020 10:05 AM CST
|It will take time - a month or more - for new roots to develop on your Selloum cutting. Until then, it will continue to slowly lose some of its older leaves. Fertilizer cannot fix that. You will have to keep the soil damp by watering only when the top inch of soil is dry. Be patient.
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May 14, 2020 10:19 AM CST
|Philodendron selloum is a synonym for Tree Philodendron (Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum) Your plant is suffering the stress of being pruned from the original plant and then repotting. Keep it in bright light but don't subject it to any direct sun for awhile. It needs to be in a pot with good drainage and a light, airy soil. The yellow leaves will not turn green again and will eventually drop but as Will stated, try to keep the soil moist but not extremely wet and in time, the plant should recover.
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May 16, 2020 10:44 AM CST
|Thank you both so much for your input!|
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