Ask a Question forum: Neon heartleaf philodendron clipping going soft

Views: 148, Replies: 6 » Jump to the end
Los Angeles, CA
Paul_
Mar 8, 2018 1:47 PM CST
I have a philodendron vine that I clipped and then poked back into the soil hoping it will take new root, but the leaves are going soft.

The leaves now feel like moist paper towel. It's currently the 3rd day and the leaves are still the same neon green color. with no signs of browning. There are a few leaves on that vine, and 1 of them are shriveled.

The part of the soil where I inserted vine...I pour a few spoonfuls of water each morning to keep the soil moist. In the picture below, the vine at the bottom middle is the vine that I clipped. The other picture is the shriveled leaf.

Any of you have experience clipping a vine and creating new roots? I didn't want to keep it in a tray/cup of water for new roots to form so I inserted it back into the soil maybe 2-inches deep. Is it normal for the leaves to do what I described?

Thumb of 2018-03-08/Paul_/716222

Thumb of 2018-03-08/Paul_/55ff60

Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
Image
Xeramtheum
Mar 8, 2018 5:15 PM CST
Hi Paul,

When you take cuttings you want to make sure you have a leaf node buried - that is where the new roots form (see picture). It is normal to expect some wilting/softening until the new roots form to a point to take up water.

Thumb of 2018-03-08/Xeramtheum/44c6be

"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
Los Angeles, CA
Paul_
Mar 8, 2018 5:27 PM CST
Yep, the end of the vine I poked into the soil was the "knuckle" of small roots. I read that putting them in water will form new roots, but I couldn't find any information on putting them in the soil instead, nor what to expect after.

Thanks for the reply! Any idea how much length of root grows per week? Approximately, of course.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
Image
Xeramtheum
Mar 8, 2018 5:43 PM CST
Growth rate has many factors .. probably best to keep the soil of the cuttings on the wetter side of moist or as you said, just stick them into a glass of water until you start to see the roots elongate.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Mar 8, 2018 5:50 PM CST
You can also lay a stem on top of the soil and weigh it down with a rock; keep the soil moist and eventually they take root where each node comes into contact with the soil.
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Mar 9, 2018 11:01 AM CST
The potting mix surrounding the inserted cutting's nod needs to be damp, but not wet. If you are adding water daily, then the surrounding potting mix is staying too moist. Supplying just the right amount of moisture is the key and the hardest part of rooting cuttings in potting mix.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Los Angeles, CA
Paul_
Mar 9, 2018 12:00 PM CST
Well, if anything, I have a lot to learn about this plant. It's my first time growing these and lots of learning to do...

Thank you, everyone for your input/advise!

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Aloe with six-legged friends"