Ask a Question forum: Where to cut/pinch/prune heartleaf philodendron

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Los Angeles, CA
Paul_
Mar 9, 2018 11:58 AM CST
I'm a little confused...
In fact, I think I'm a little confused about being confused...

But I'd like to clear up some things I'm learning about growing heartleaf philodendron if you experienced folks could validate for me, please:

1. If I do nothing to the plant its vine will continue to grow in length in a linear direction. No branching except 1 leaf at each node.

Regarding the image below:
2. If I cut at "A" I lose the leaf, nothing new grows in its place, the vine will continue in length.

3. If I cut at "B" the vine will grow a 2nd leaf and continue growing in length.

4. What happens if I cut at "C" when it is in the pictured condition?

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Mar 9, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Left uncut, the vine will continue to grow linearly, as you said, and it will not branch.

Regardless of where you prune any stem, new growth will emerge on the node just below the cut and continue growing from there. New growth always emerges at the ends of the stem so cutting a stem changes where the end of the stem is and that is where you will get new growth.

I suggest that the best place for you to take a cutting would be just past the node that precedes point A. Then, strip off the leaf at A and insert that bare node in water or damp soil.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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