I have a trailing philodendron that I would like to root. Can I do this from a cutting? If so, how do I do it?
Rooting a philodendron (Philodendron) is easy. All you need is a pair of scissors and a small container of potting soil. To make a cutting, use a sharp knife or shears to cut a piece of stem about 3-6 inches long. It's best to make your cut just above another leaf on the same stem.Remove all of the leaves from the cutting except the top two or three. Place the cutting in moist vermiculite or potting soil. None of the leaves should be buried in the rooting medium. If they are, perch the cutting a little higher or remove another leaf -- just be sure that two or three leaves remain. Put your container in bright, indirect sunlight. I usually set mine along a windowsill or on a table near a window.
In two or three weeks, roots will sprout, followed by new leaves. Gently tug on the cutting. If you feel resistance you'll know that roots have formed. Insert the cutting in good-quality potting soil in a pot that's 3-4 inches wide. If your mother plant is large enough, take three to five cuttings at one time and let all of them root in the same jar. Then when you plant them, you'll have a pot that's full and lush.