Propagation of Philodendron Selloum

Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Stephanie

The Philodendron soldoumis among the easiest tropical houseplants that can be propagated in water and soil.

They can grow large enough that trimming the stems every now and then could be required to maintain their size and height under control.

Instead of throwing the stems in the garbage, make use of them to create new plants.

To enhance the experience To make things even better, philodendron selloum is propagated from divisions, offshoots, or plantlets that grow close to the parent plant inside the container.

Cut six-inch pieces of the roots of Philodendron selloum that have at minimum two leaf growth nodes. The most effective method for propagation is to plant them in moist dirt or in clean water, and provide indirect light. Replace the water each week and then repot them in a moist potting mix once the roots are about a couple of inches long.

Can you grow Selloum from Cuttings?

You can cultivate selloum by stem cuttings that are rooting and stem cuttings. One of the most enjoyable aspects of having the Philodendron selloum is the possibility of establishing new plants by cuttings.

In the end, you are able to increase your collection of selloum without the need to purchase fresh plants at the stores.

To reproduce selloum, remove an inch from the stem that is mature. After that, using sterilized high-performance pruning shears or scissors, create a neat cut just below the leaf node on the stem.

The plant must be big and healthy. It should also be fully mature.

Before you take cuttings, be sure that your Philodendron selloum free of pests, disease-free and deficient in nutrients.

The best selloum to harvest cut-offs comes from one which is root-bound.

Make the most of the stems that were cut off to prevent the plant from becoming to be too big.

Be aware that you have to wait until the start of spring in order to harvest the cuttings of your selloum plants.

This is due to the fact that longer summer and spring days are more likely to bring sufficient light for the growth of new plants.

Philodendron Selloum

How do you Propagate Philodendrons from Cuttings?

The process of replanting stems with water or directly in soil is an easy method to propagate selloum.

The ideal time to start propagating your Philodendron selloum is during the springtime, as the plant is able to enjoy more hours of sunlight. Ill guide you through it step-by-step below:

What You’ll Need:

  • A sharp knife It is possible to use a sharp, sterilized knife heavy-duty garden scissors or pruning shears
  • Watering can
  • Small pots - They must be sterilized, clean, and well-drained. Ideally, they should be clay pots that have several drainage holes in their bottoms.
  • Glass water or container
  • Soilless mixing mix for potting
  • Water that is not tap (distilled or water that has been filtered)
  • Small trowel
  • The hormone that causes rooting (optional It can be in liquid, gel, in powder or gel form)

Philodendron soldoum The propagation of the plant in Water

Selloum can be propagated within water either by divisions or stem cuttings that root (aka pups or plantlets that are born from mother plants). Youll require a cutting tool and a small container and a soilless potting mix and a rooting hormone (optional)

1- Dispose of The Pot of Your Philodendron selloum Plant

The main plant of your selloum must be kept well-watered prior to propagation, in order to ensure that it is healthy. On this day you should tilt the plant and take your rootball from the pot.

If it is root-bound, it is great for spreading.

Naturally, you must be looking for signs of root rot within the ball of root. If the rot has penetrated the ball, it is necessary to first get rid of any rotten, dead or diseased roots.

2- Separate Your Plantlets/Cuttings

Simply remove the plantlets from and then place them at the bottom of the stem to determine if the roots are healthy.

Be sure that each puppy has at least two roots, and at most three leaf nodes or leaves. They are intended for direct reproduction into water culture which is where they will live for the bulk of their lives.

Cut 6-inch sections from the stems, if you intend to reproduce them through cutting stems that are rooting. Make sure that each cutting contains at least three leaves growing nodes, or even aerial roots.

3- Clean the Roots

You can shake soil out of each plantlet. Now, you can wash any extra soil that remains from the root ball.

4 – Add Rooting Hormone

If any area in the root structure shows the first symptoms of root rot or decay, soak the area in a fungicide.

If you are dealing with cuttings from the stem, be sure to include rooting hormones in some of the cutting in order to improve chances of obtaining new roots.

5- Suspend in Clean Water

Fill a propagation glass container with water that is clean now.

Tap water is not recommended since it could contain chlorines, fluorides, mineralsand substances which can hinder development of the new selloum. You can make use of old kitchen jars to do this.

6- Give Proper Propagation Conditions

The most crucial aspect is the light. Make sure that your water-propagated soldoum is placed in bright, direct sunlight.

Naturally direct sunlight must be avoided as it could cause scorching to your plants. Be sure that the temperature doesnt drop below 55 degF (12degC).

7- Watch the Water

Keep in mind that water evaporates in brightly lit areas and youll have to increase the amount. To ensure that the water is fresh, replace it every week.

Additionally, every 2-4 weeks cleanse and disinfect the vessel to stop the development of fungi, bacteria, and algae.

8- Rooting and Transplanting

Small roots appear between within two to three weeks of the date of propagation. If you have used rooting hormones, this will occur sooner than later for stem cuttings.

It is recommended to transplant your selloum into the growing medium when the new roots are few inches long. Make use of organic, well-drained pot soil again.

The Most Optimal conditions to Philodendron selloum Propagation

The Philodendron selloum will flourish when propagated under these conditions

  • Bright, indirect light - It should be spread out through bright, indirect or diffused light so that it receives 50-50 dappled lighting and shade inside. This means that you should put it on the south side of a window that has sheer curtains.
  • The right Pot Choose a clay pot made from terracotta or unglazed clay with enough drainage holes that let water drain.
  • Clean pots and Tools If you intend to reuse the same pot, it is necessary to clean it using bleach. Also, when cutting and cleaning up, you should only make use of sterilized tools. Its not an ideal idea to make use of tap water.
  • The right soil Medium to grow Philodendron sellaum requires an organically richand well-drained soil medium. Make use of one part perlite, one piece of compost and one part bark orchid to create your own homemade blend. It is not recommended to use acidic soil for it.
  • The right amount of water The medium for potting should be moist , but not soggy or clogged. It is not recommended to apply water to your soldoum propagated more often than once a week.
  • The right temperature - Philodendrons thrive in warmer climates, where they can grow roots and grow new leaves. It is recommended to keep the temperature between 65 and 82 degrees F (18 to 28°C). To ensure that it remains warm, you could, obviously, utilize the heating mat.
  • A healthy environment - Philodendron selloum thrives in humid, warm environments however, avoid conditions that are too wet that can encourage the growth of fungal and bacterial species. Additionally, the exposure of direct sun or overly acidic or alkaline conditions is not recommended.
  • Rooting Hormone - Even though its not required It is recommended to apply a rooting hormone to the area of cut to stimulate the growth of new roots. It is able to boost the growth of roots by 2 to three times.

Spreading Philodendron soldoum within soil

The most popular method to reproduce Philodendron selloum is to directly plant it in soil. Heres how:

1. Clean your Philodendron selloum

Based on the care schedule as well as its size likely have to scrub it in a small or large amount. Get rid of dead stems, leaves, or other plant material first.

2- Take Rooting Stem Cuttings

The stem of the plant is its central axis, and the primary basis of strength. Simply grasp the main stem of your plant , then remove it from the container.

Make a cut from an area that is healthy on the stem right now. Cut a clean 45-degree slice near the leaf node using an edgy pruning knife, pruners or high-quality scissors.

Each stem should be between 3 and 6 inches in length and should have at least four roots connected on each leafs nodes.

The stem cut should be cut into multiple cuttings with at least four roots per cutting.

3- Replant Mother Selloum Plant

Replant the plant from the beginning in a fresh batch of potting soil that has multiple roots. You can create your own growing medium by mixing 1 part of compost with one portion orchid bark and one portion vermiculite or perlite.

Peat moss shouldnt be used as it is acidic enough to be used in Philodendron selloum. It is soaked in water and then placed it in a bright and well-lit area.

The mother plant eventually will produce additional plantlets, offshoots or pups at the central stem. These can be used to propagate the plant in the future.

4- Apply Rooting Hormone

This is an option that could make a huge difference to your selloum.

If your plantlet is covered with many leaves, take the majority of leaves from the cuttings bottom node. In general, each leaf can be cut off and left three to four leaves on each cutting.

Place the hormone for rooting on the cuts severed edge.

5- Prepare the Rotting Mix

Place a small container or tray with non-soil growing media such as vermiculite, perlite, and seed starter mix. Based on the size of the cut, spread the soil to about 1/3 or halfway.

The container should be filled with growing media and plant each cut. To place the cutting up on its feet, gently tap the soil around the cutting.

6- Care for your cuttings

The stem cuttings require or partially shaded (50/50 diffused sunlight to shading) or bright, indirect sunlight.

It is recommended that you didnt keep them watered more than once a week. Each cutting will eventually produce leaves.




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