Repotting my 35 year old philodendron

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I have a 35 year old plant.  I know it’s 35 years old because it was given to my mom when I was born.  My mother doesn’t visit often, but when she does, at some point in the conversation she will tell me to water my plant.  EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Ok, so this time I did let it get a bit out of hand.  At a whopping height of 5’4 it’s a little difficult for me to water it when it’s over my head by more than 1 1/2 feet.

On a  bright note, Philodendron are incredibly resilient plants.  If you’re new to having plants in your home, this is pretty much the Idiot’s Guide plant.  When it gets droopy you give it water.  You cannot over water it and it doesn’t need good drainage.  It just needs some sunlight and water.  That’s it.  My favorite trait of the plant is how easy it is to root and pot again to another plant.  I can’t tell you how many times I have trimmed this plant, rooted it and placed it in with other arrangements for Mother’s Day or baby gifts.  Kinda cool to be able to give your baby plant to a new baby!

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To begin the repotting process, start pulling off the dead leaves and stems.

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Some of those stems were ok, but I had SO many after trimming them down I was able to just toss a few of the less than perfect stems.  Speaking of trimming…

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You always want to trim the plant below a leaf and leave enough room to stick it in water or into the soil between the bottom leaf and the end of the stem.

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I stuck them in water while I was working, but you don’t have to.  However, if you were going to root the plants into another pot, leaving them like this for a week or so should get them ready.

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Then, you pull everything out of the pot.  You can tug on left over stems and they come out rather easy.  Again, not much you can do to kill this plant, so even if the roots rip off it’s not a big deal.

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Stir your dirt.  Normally, I would do this outside, but it snowed and I hate cold.  The kitchen sink won.  Make sure you break up the current dirt in your pot.  It will have packed down into a tight layer over time and with watering.  Just dig in and break it up.  I add new potting soil at this point and mix it all together.

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Then, I put as much water as possible into the pot and let it sit to settle for about 15 minutes.

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Then I layer the longer pieces along the outside of the pot.  They are the pieces that will grow fast and dangle down.

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Then I fill in the middle section with the stem pieces.  No one will see these if you have the plant hanging.

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That’s it.  Just make sure you keep it watered really well over the next few weeks while it roots again, especially with heaters running in the house.  If a few pieces die off, it’s not a big deal.  Just trim some of the new growth off and stick it back in the planter.  Rotate the plant in the light occasionally and enjoy it for 35 years or more to come.


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15 minutes after you rehang the plant you hear a SNAP and a SPLASH and find this in your kitchen floor.  Now my plant looks like this again:

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Author: Jill Stewart

I am a 37 -year-old woman from Arkansas who is happily married to a Scottish immigrant aka “the hubby” “the hubs” or if I am calling him directly “YO YOU!” We’ve been married for 3 years and it’s been a crazy ride, and unfortunately our finances have been beat to death in the last few years. We have two dogs and a cat, no kids. The Blog- What’ll you find: Financial Information as we try to become debt free My attempts at working and trying to maintain a home to the standards I like My adventures in learning how to sew Arts and craft projects Funny tidbits from my life including living with a Scottish person, the dogs, and other oddball things that happen to me. What you won’t find: Much on children. I don’t have kids and I can’t have kids. Recipes- I don’t mind cooking, but unless it’s something really special, don’t come here looking for the weekly recipe! You won’t find it- unless you ask my husband. If you’re interested in what you see, please follow me on Facebook or sign up for emails! Most of all, leave a comment or ask a question! I am always happy to hear from you!

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