There’s something magical about houseplants – they not only enhance the aesthetics of our homes but also purify the air, offering a calm and peaceful environment. Among all, the Blushing Philodendron, with its vibrant pink foliage and lush growth, is a real eye-catcher.
But what if you could multiply this beauty? Well, with the right knowledge, you can. Propagation – the process of creating new plants from the parent plant, is not as complicated as you might think. Also, here is a detailed article on how to care for Blushing Philodendron
Blushing Philodendron Propagation Basics
|Time for Propagation
|Cuttings in water
|Spring or early Summer
|Sharp shears, a jar of water, and a healthy parent plant
|Cuttings in soil
|Spring or early Summer
|Sharp shears, a pot with drainage, potting soil, and a healthy parent plant
|Any time of the year
|Sharp shears, sphagnum moss, plastic wrap, a twist tie, and a healthy parent plant
Cuttings in Water
This is the simplest and most common method. Choose a healthy stem from the parent plant, preferably with a few leaves. Using sharp shears, make a cut below the node (the point where the leaf joins the stem). Place this cutting in a jar of water and keep it in a warm place with indirect sunlight. The roots should start to develop in 2-4 weeks. Once the roots are about 2 inches long, transfer the cutting to a pot with soil.
Materials Required: Sharp shears, a jar of water, and a healthy parent Blushing Philodendron plant.
- Identify a healthy stem on your Blushing Philodendron plant, preferably with a few leaves.
- Using the sharp shears, make a cut below the node – this is where the leaf joins the stem.
- Place the cut stem into a jar filled with water. Ensure that the node is submerged but the leaves are not touching the water.
- Position the jar in a warm spot that receives indirect sunlight.
- Wait for roots to develop – this usually takes between 2 to 4 weeks.
- Once the roots are approximately 2 inches long, transfer the cutting into a pot filled with soil.
Cuttings in Soil
This method is similar to the water-cutting method, but instead of placing the cutting in water, you plant it directly into a pot with well-draining soil. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and place the pot in a warm area with indirect sunlight. It might take slightly longer for the roots to develop compared to the water-cutting method, but it’s equally effective.
Materials Required: Sharp shears, a pot with drainage holes, potting soil, and a healthy parent Blushing Philodendron plant.
- Choose a healthy stem with a few leaves on your Blushing Philodendron.
- Make a clean cut below a node using sharp shears.
- Fill a pot with well-draining potting soil and make a hole in the center.
- Plant the cutting in the hole, ensuring the node is covered by the soil.
- Water the soil until it’s moist but not soggy.
- Place the pot in a warm area that receives indirect sunlight.
- Wait patiently for root development, which usually takes 6 to 8 weeks.
Air layering is a more advanced method but can be more successful, particularly for larger cuttings. In this method, you wound the stem of the parent plant, wrap it in moist sphagnum moss, and then cover it with plastic wrap. Once roots have formed inside the moss, you can cut the stem below the roots and plant it.
Materials Required: Sharp shears, sphagnum moss, plastic wrap, a twist tie, and a healthy parent Blushing Philodendron plant.
- Identify a healthy stem on your Blushing Philodendron.
- Make a small upward-slanting cut about one-third into the stem.
- Wet some sphagnum moss and wrap it around the cut.
- Cover the moss with plastic wrap and secure it with a twist tie or string.
- Keep the moss moist by occasionally unwrapping the plastic and spraying water.
- After roots have formed inside the moss (usually 8-12 weeks), cut the stem below the new root ball.
- Plant the cutting in a pot with well-draining soil.
Tips To Grow
Water propagation is an ideal start for beginners, and it’s just as magical as it sounds. You’re essentially coaxing a cutting to grow roots in water. The sight of new roots emerging from a cutting is nothing short of a miracle.
To start, select a healthy stem of about 4-6 inches long with at least two or three leaves. Make a clean cut below a node – the point where a leaf attaches to the stem. Remove the lower leaves, ensuring that they won’t be submerged in water. Place the cutting in a glass jar filled with water, ensuring the node is submerged. Place the jar in a warm, well-lit place, but avoid direct sunlight. Within a few weeks, you should see roots developing.
Soil propagation is a natural progression from water propagation. It’s essentially the same process, but instead of water, you’ll plant the cutting directly into soil. This method encourages the plant to grow roots adapted to soil right from the start.
Choose a healthy stem cutting as before, and prepare a pot with well-draining soil. Make a hole about 2 inches deep, place the cutting ensuring the node is in contact with the soil, and gently firm the soil around the stem. Water lightly and place the pot in a warm, well-lit place. Regularly check the soil moisture, and in a few weeks, you’ll see new growth.
Propagation by Division
Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, you might want to try propagation by division. This method involves separating a mature Blushing Philodendron into two or more plants. This can be a little tricky, but with patience and care, you’ll be rewarded with new plants much faster.
To propagate by division, gently remove the plant from its pot and identify natural divisions in the root ball. Carefully separate these divisions, making sure each has a good amount of roots and foliage. Replant each division in a new pot with fresh, well-draining soil and water lightly.
Lastly, let’s delve into rhizome propagation. This method involves cutting a piece of the plant’s rhizome, which is a type of underground stem from which new shoots and roots grow. It’s a bit more advanced, but it’s a great way to propagate plants that have become too large or need rejuvenation.
Identify a section of the rhizome with a couple of nodes, and make a clean cut. Let the cut surface dry for a day to prevent rot, then plant the rhizome piece just below the soil surface. Water lightly and place the pot in a warm, well-lit place. In a few weeks, you should see new growth emerging from the nodes.
As with all things plant related, propagation requires patience, persistence, and a healthy dose of TLC. But the reward – seeing a new plant emerge from a cutting or a piece of rhiz.
FAQs About Blushing Philodendron Propagation
Spring and summer are the ideal times for propagation. This is when the plant is in its active growth phase and can recover more quickly from the stress of propagation.
Patience is key here! It may take several weeks for roots to appear. Make sure the plant cutting is in a warm place with indirect light. Also, change the water every week to prevent bacterial growth. If there’s no sign of roots after a month, it may be worth trying with a new cutting.
While you can certainly keep a Blushing Philodendron in water indefinitely, it’s not ideal for the plant’s long-term health. The lack of nutrients in water can lead to slower growth and less vibrant foliage. It’s best to transition the plant to soil once roots have developed.
Wilting can be caused by overwatering or under watering, so check the soil moisture first. If the soil is soggy, let it dry out before watering again. If it’s bone dry, give the plant a good drink. Also, make sure the plant is in a warm place with indirect light.
For a cutting in soil, water lightly whenever the top inch of soil feels dry. For a plant in water, change the water every week.
Yes, you can use a rooting hormone to speed up the rooting process, but it’s not necessary. Blushing Philodendron generally roots well without it.