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Prescott Valley, Arizona
May 25, 2017 2:04 PM CST
My slit leaf philly has roots coming out of the stalk at a bend, can cut the plant stalk there and start a new plant?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 25, 2017 3:30 PM CST

Probably. Those roots are called arial roots - their purpose, out in the jungle, is to hold the plant to a tree as it climbs up. If they run into soil, they will root into the soil.

Your biggest concern should be if there are enough roots to support whatever amount of top you plan to leave. Is this a branch? Why do you want to cut it off?
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Prescott Valley, Arizona
May 26, 2017 2:48 PM CST
The plant is so huge, I would to make two smaller ones.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
May 28, 2017 8:33 AM CST
Go ahead and prune off the top and use it for propagating a new plant. Don't worry about the aerial roots. Your top cutting can be rooted in water or in a porous potting mix and will develop new roots independent of the aerial roots. New growth will emerge on the original plant, starting just below where you make the pruning cut.
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