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RavenNevermore13
Apr 19, 2018 3:05 AM CST
Hello I cannot find any information on this anywhere so I decided to ask!!
I have a large pot with one heart shaped philodendron (very healthy) in it that has a small root system. I also have a clipping off of it that I propogated in water and now has a decent root system. Would it hurt either plants to pot them together? And if I were, when repotting, to put the one with a lesser root system in water, would it's root system grow or rot?
Thank you so much.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 19, 2018 12:01 PM CST
If pot is big enough. Put them together. Don't put old one in water.
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Name: Janett
Gamleby, SWEDEN
Janett_D
Apr 19, 2018 12:32 PM CST
I think you search the wrong word. if I understand correctly it should be Heartleaf Philodendron - Philodendron scandens.
Heartleaf not heart shaped.
[Last edited by Janett_D - Apr 19, 2018 12:32 PM (+)]
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Profess plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Apr 20, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Yes, they can be potted together. If the water-rooted cutting has substantial roots that are at least an inch long, then use your finger to probe a hole in the soil and insert the roots into that hole and gently tamp the soil around it. Success will depend on your ability to keep the soil around the immature roots damp, but not wet or dry. Transition to soil is tricky and not always successful.

If you are thinking of moving the stem that is already in the pot to water, I don't advise it. Why would you want to? Is it not doing well? If not, best to determine why rather than assuming that replanting or re-propagating will solve the problem. You might be better served if you post a photo of what you have.
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Oklahoma
RavenNevermore13
Apr 21, 2018 5:12 PM CST
WillC, the reason I was asking about putting it in water is because the two small roots it has are rotten. The plant is dying very slowly and it's sad to watch. I am wondering if I can cut above the roots and below the leaves (like I'm taking a clipping to propagate) and put that in water? Give it another chance to make roots and live?
This plant is the offspring of my main plant that was gifted to me by my grandmother... Who neglected both its parent and this offspring and over watered it with long periods of forgetting to water it.
If there is any chance of saving it, I want to take it.
I tried not watering it for awhile because of the root rot but it just continued to die.
I'm not a plant expert, this is my first house plant (I have an exterior vegetable garden and a flower bed), but certainly no "green thumb" and not much experience. *Blush*
Any advice on philos, related or not, is very appreciated.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Profess plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Apr 22, 2018 8:49 AM CST
I am confused. Are the two rotting roots you referenced, the roots of the cuttings you have in water. Or are they the roots of the plant that is potted in soil and slowly dying?

Not knowing the situation, the short answer is that the rotted portion of either can be cut off and the remainder can be propagated as long as there are healthy nodes that can be left in contact with water or damp potting mix.

That said, there may be a better solution to saving your plant, but that is hard to determine without a photo.

Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
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