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Philodendron Pedatum culture

Posted by jimmyfresno z9 CA (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 27, 11 at 13:05

Hi. I have a 8" stem cutting from a Philodendron pedatum that I have been nurturing for an entire year now. It did root, and I have it planted fairly deeply in a 6" pot with about half of the stem submerged in a good quality loam. I am careful not to ovwerwater.

The growth on this rooted cutting is so slow! I examined the root system this summer and it has about a golf ball size mass of roots and three tiny leaves. I do realize it is overpotted, but that doesn't seem to account for its small size. I gave it some highlly diluted food and put it in diffused light to bright shade outdoors all summer.

I am in Fresno, where the temperatures can reach 110 DRY degrees. I know this plant requires humidity, but it doesn't seem to suffer browning on the leaves...just SLOW, SLOW growth.

Any hints?

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RE: Philodendron Pedatum culture

Sounds like you are doing everything right except maybe your potting mix might be to heavy for Philos. Overpotting isn't really a problem unless they are left out in the rain in the wrong mix. Standard potting soils don't work well for Philos under adverse conditions. You could try using a cactus mix and never letting it dry out or a mix of equal parts of potting soil, sand and, perlite- again never letting it go dry.

My phylos really respond well to organic fertilizers like fish emulsion, but you don't want to overdo this either.

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