Philodendron cuttings without aerial roots
How do you propagate a Philodendron?
The Philodendron is one of the easy houseplants out there. Originally the plant comes from the rainforest of South America and grows up along large plants and trees. The best thing about the plant is its leaves. Whatever species of the Philodendron, the leaf of the plant will never disappoint you. One of the most famous Philodendrons is the Monstera.
The most useful thing about the Philodendron is that the plant grows aerial roots. These roots grow in the middle of the trunk and in nature they can even grow a few meters along. Thanks to these aerial roots, propagating the Philodendron is easy!
- Sharp knife or scissors
- Glass, vase(s) or mug with water
- Optional: cutting powder
Propgating a Philodendron in 4 steps
1. Disinfect the knife
For the propagating of a plant we find it important that the supplies are clean. The knife should therefore be disinfected with pure alcohol or disinfectant. This prevents unnecessary transfer of bacteria to the Philodendron.
2. Cut the stalks
You can cut a Philodendron with or without aerial root. Although we recommend taking cuttings with aerial root. This not only goes faster, but has a better chance of success.
Cut the cutting about 5 cm below the aerial root. Do you want cuttings without aerial root? Then cut the stem diagonally off the mother plant. The jug on the roots will then be bigger!
3. Stem powder for root growth
We recommend applying cutting powder after the propagating. We do this on the open wound of the cutting and on the mother plant. Let the powder dry thoroughly.
Don’t you have any cutting powder? Of course, that is not a problem! Although, the growing process with cutting powder can be much faster. Cutting powder stimulates root growth.
4. Wait and see
Place the cutting in a vase or glass with water. Certainly the aerial root may be completely submerged. Does leaf happen to touch the water as well? Then remove this leaf with clean scissors or a knife.
If leaf touches the water, the leaf will start to mould. And of course you want to prevent that! All energy goes to the mouldy leaf, instead of to root growth.