Where do you cut philodendron Selloum for propagation?

Answered by James Kissner

When propagating Philodendron selloum, it is important to choose the right location to make the cut. The best place to cut the plant for propagation is at the node of a stem. The node is the point where a leaf attaches to the stem, and it contains the genetic material necessary for root development.

To make the cut, use a clean, sharp pair of pruning shears or scissors. Make sure the cutting tool is sterilized to prevent the spread of disease. It is also a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands from any potential irritants or allergens.

Look for a stem that has at least one intact leaf node. This is where the new roots will form. The size of the cutting can vary depending on your preference, but it is generally recommended to have at least 4-6 inches of stem below the leaf node.

Once you have chosen the right stem, make a clean cut just below the leaf node. It is important to make a straight cut to prevent any damage to the stem. Avoid crushing or tearing the stem as this can hinder the plant’s ability to develop roots.

After making the cut, you can choose to propagate the cutting in either soil or water. Both methods have their advantages and can be successful in propagating Philodendron selloum.

If you choose to propagate the cutting in soil, prepare a pot with well-draining soil. Make a hole in the soil with your finger or a pencil and place the cutting in the hole, ensuring that the leaf node is buried in the soil. Gently press the soil around the cutting to secure it in place. Water the soil lightly, making sure not to overwater, and place the pot in a warm, bright location.

If you prefer to propagate the cutting in water, fill a glass or jar with clean, room temperature water. Place the cutting in the water, ensuring that the leaf node is submerged. You can use a small weight or a piece of string to hold the cutting in place if needed. Change the water every few days to prevent the growth of bacteria or algae. Keep the glass or jar in a warm, well-lit area but avoid direct sunlight.

Regardless of the propagation method you choose, it is important to monitor the cutting regularly and provide the necessary care. Keep the soil or water moist but not overly saturated. Within a few weeks, you should start to see new roots forming from the leaf node. Once the roots have developed, you can transplant the cutting into a larger pot or into your desired location.

In my personal experience, I have successfully propagated Philodendron selloum using both soil and water methods. I find that water propagation allows me to closely monitor the root development and is particularly useful when I want to propagate multiple cuttings at once. However, soil propagation can be more convenient if you prefer to directly plant the cutting in its final location. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and the resources you have available.