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November 3, 2018
What kind of plant is this and should I cut it back before putting it inside for the
winter? This is only the second summer it has been outside. Last winter I did not
cut it back but instead I replanted it in a bigger pot. It is approximately 14 years
The plant in question is a philodendron, commonly called tree philodendron – Philodendron
selloum. Moving tropical houseplants outside, has them growing in leaps and bounds,
since they thrive in heat and humidity, which we have in abundance every summer.
They can get quite large, and finding a place for it inside can become challenging
with age. If you can, do as little pruning as possible when you move it back inside,
since you may have a little die back on its own. Also upgrading the pot size encourages
growth even more. If you want to limit growth in future years, you can repot to prevent
the pot-bound conditions, but simply shave off some roots along the side of the root
ball and put it back into the same sized container.
January 21, 2017
I'm hoping you can tell me the name of this plant by looking at this photograph. I
was given a small cutting about 4 years ago. It didn't grow much until about a year
ago. Now it's producing lots of new leaves that are really large, which of course
is what the mother plant looked like. I'm not sure about if it blossoms, but I hope
The plant in question is a type of shrubby philodendron, not one of the vining types.
There are many different cultivars and hybrids of philodendrons, but my guess would
be Philodendron 'Imperial Green'. These plants are grown for their glossy foliage.
As with most philodendrons, they are pretty tough plants that rarely flower.
I would like to repot a huge Philodendron. The plant is so large, I can stand under
the leaves of the plant and I'm 5'8" tall. I have it planted in a fifty-five gallon
barrel that I cut in half. The worst mistake I made was planting it in dirt instead
of potting soil. I would now like to re-pot it in potting soil, to make it a little
lighter. What is the best way to get it out of the barrel, remove the dirt, and replace
it with potting soil? By the way, the plant is about 25 years old.
Now would be the ideal time to do it, because you can move the plant outdoors for
this messy task. Getting it out of the container may be a challenge, since the pot
is so heavy, especially with the actual soil instead of the lightweight potting mix.
If possible, turn the plant on the side trying to protect as much of the upper limbs
as possible. If you can't lay the pot over, use a shovel and try to wedge it out,
then empty out the soil and fill with potting soil. You can remove the soil from the
root system using a hose. Then repot with the lighter weight soil, spreading out the
root system in the process. Philodendrons are tough plants and usually can take a
little abuse in stride.
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