Repotting philodendron is good for your plant
Regularly repotting philodendron will keep them from becoming root bound, and will encourage vigorous the growth. Besides that you can divide a crowded philodendron into several smaller plants when repot it.
Like other houseplants, philodendron benefit from repotting to a larger container when they become root bound.
Philodendrons (Philodendron spp. and hybrid) are vining plants prized for their shade tolerance and broad, attractive leaves
Philodendrons known for their ability to thrive in low-light conditions hence it become a homes and offices plants. Vining philodendron plants are often grown in hanging baskets for their lush foliage.
Repotting philodendron(step by step)
- Water thoroughly the philodendron a day before you plan to repot it. This will minimize stress to the plant, and make it easier to repot.
- Select a new pot for the philodendron. Choose a pot that 1 to 2 inches larger than the current pot and make sure that pot has holes for drainage.
- Cut back philodendron to the desired length with a pair of scissors or a sharp knife. Severe pruning back to a height of 4 inches is needed for Philodendron that shows signs of stunted growth. However, healthy philodendrons do not require pruning before repotting
- Place about an inch of high-quality, well-drained potting soil in the bottom of the new pot
- Turn the plant on edge, with one hand cradling the soil surface while you use your other hand to slide the container off. To encourage the root mass to slide out, you need to hold the plant nearly upside-down and tap the lip of the container against the edge of a counter or other structure.
- Examine the roots for any signs of disease or discoloration. Healthy philodendron roots are white or light tan and pliable. Trims off brittle or mushy roots and discard.
- If the plant is root-bound, make several vertical cuts from the top to the bottom around the perimeter of the root ball. This opens the root ball and encourages new root growth.
- In order to prepare your philodendron for repotting, shake excess soil gently from the plant.
- Set the philodendron root mass in the prepared container.
- Fill the new pot one-half to three-fourths way with fresh soil. Remember commercial potting soil is often too dense for container plants and compacts easily with watering. A mixture of one part peat moss, one part potting soil and one part perlite works well for philodendron plant.
- Water thoroughly the plant until water runs freely through the bottom of the pot
Caution: wear gardening gloves with long forearm to protect your skin from contact with philodendron sap. Frequent contact with the poisonous sap can cause skin rash.
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