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May 23, 2020 1:56 PM CST
West Texas
hi everyone just received my philodendron brasil today and saw some roots on one of the vines. I am new to propagating, can I cut this one and plant in soil? Too early? Leave as is? Any recommendations are appreciated!
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May 23, 2020 2:45 PM CST

These are aerial roots indeed, you can propagate with these.
I would wait until it has minimum one leaf but that's not required
Just cut the plant including these roots, place the aerial roots in water and make sure the cutting has a lot of light. It will grow white roots, after that you can put them in soil and it will grow further.
You can also put these cuttings in soil immediately but make sure the soil is a very light mixture and don't overwater.
I usually let the cuttings from philodendrons and epipremnums root in water first, then you know that the cutting is rooting.
Just be patient with cuttings, as long as the leaf is healthy there is hope
(A philodendron Brasil is a beautiful hanging plant so waiting with propagating is suggested)
Good luck!
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May 23, 2020 2:54 PM CST
West Texas
Thank you @elisevandevoorde I will do this! Thank You!
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Jun 2, 2020 6:16 AM CST
Name: Gina
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You don;t have to take the step of putting in water. You can just plant it in soil immediately. I do it all the time with climbing Philodendrons, Anthuriums and Monstera
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Jun 4, 2020 1:22 PM CST
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The good thing about putting in RO water first, is you can see the roots, where in soil you can't. I always put them in water first for roots then transplant in soil.
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Jun 4, 2020 1:41 PM CST
Name: Gina
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Its an unnecessary step IMO.
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Jun 4, 2020 2:06 PM CST
Name: Gina
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But then, I grow all of my climbing vining Philodendrons and Epipremnums AS climbing plants, not as hanging over the edge of a basket plants, so that they can reach their full potential as far as leaf size is concerned. When one gets to the top of a support I just lop it off and stick it in the ground somewhere else so it can repeat the process. I know that Ma Nature knows her stuff...if I were to let a stem of this trail onto the ground the adventitious roots at all the nodes would automatically root into the soil and it would crawl across the floor until it found something to climb. Of which I have a lot of crawlers of many plants all the time...Philos, epipremnums, monsteras...
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Jun 4, 2020 4:56 PM CST
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oneeyeluke said:The good thing about putting in RO water first, is you can see the roots, where in soil you can't. I always put them in water first for roots then transplant in soil.


One of the problems with rooting in water and transferring to soil is the roots grown in water are very brittle and break easily. If the plant is one with tender roots, the transition will not be an easy one. Some cuttings literally grow new roots once they get to soil because the roots grown in water were irreparably damaged in the planting. Roots grown in soil are tough and there isn't a need for transition .

You can tell when a cutting is rooted because it will grow new leaves. If you're impatient, give the cutting a gentle tug. If you are practiced, you can tell the difference between a rooted cutting and a non-rooted cutting by barely touching it. If you can't tell the difference, wait for new growth.
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