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by andy777 on March 17, 2004 12:47 AM
New here. Hope I'm dooing this right.
Purchased home with huge philodendron in back yard. 7 foot high and 12 foot wide with its base made up of at least 5 stalks that are 6-8 inches thick each.
Is there some way to divide and move these around? It is overtaking the deck and the sidewalk. It is quite beautiful, especially when the blooms (I think they are blooms) come out, and I don't want to take a chance on doing irrepairable harm.
Any advice would be really appreciated.
by Jiffymouse on March 17, 2004 06:15 PM
[wayey] hi andy [wayey] welcome to the garden helper! you did the posting right, just not in the right place, however, i'm fixing that for you right now.

i don't have your answer, but we have lots of knowlegable gardeners who will have the answer. we even have some from texas! one that comes to mind is njoynit (a very knowlegable gardener), as well as peppermint lily and others.
by njoynit on March 17, 2004 08:32 PM
hey thar fellow TXn.I got one of them in a container I am fixing to divide and plant out today.I can tell ya how to divide it,but as to it being already in ground.I'm not too sure how the roots go out.This one here gives some growing info.I don't agree with z9 cause am a z 8b and it does fine here with a sheet tossed over it on nippy nights till the sun gets up.The bigger the plant the hardier it is.
http://www.floridata.com/ref/P/phil_bip.cfm

This one has a posted comment explaining about seed pollenation& shows other pics too boot
http://plantsdatabase.com/go/37036

This one may help ya some
http://www.cce.cornell.edu/suffolk/grownet/indoor-plants/propagation.htm

I can take pics of my divideing phil& try to get back in and post today but if not will be in morning.as you well know tis hot out right now.is 82 right now and came in for a bowl of icecream to cool off& check post on my snake(I have a black snake with 2 light blue stripes living under my pond...assumeing he's a garter snake but he's suppose to be in FL& am really hopeing he's a single male under there cause don't want no 80-100 lil babies or "snake balls")
Welcome 2 the gang& be sure to stop by daily [muggs]

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by andy777 on March 17, 2004 10:13 PM
Thanks for the welcome and the help.
Is there any information as to whether it is bad to cut the tendrils that are coming off the stalk and go back to the dirt? There are quite a few per stalk.
And, should I just dig the whole thing up and turn it on its side to cut the root base into pieces then replant them all?
Thanks, ya'll.
by njoynit on March 18, 2004 05:17 PM
yes I had some of them trendills.I just stuck them in the ground also.my roots were doing dounouts in their container.your Houston& your land is flat& when you get rain drain slow& have idiots that think cars are boats.I'd ask myself how that area does when it rains alot like from hurricane season and maybe raise the bed some.one landscape timber may be enough and could still plant something with it.I stuck 3 out from my divions and will take one to my MIL tomorrow but she will have to container hers cause she lives in a swamp.

ok here are the pics...click my link....go to unknown plant delimahs& feel free to browse around.

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Temps already climbing.going to clean my pool so I can fill it.About 4 yesterday I would have loved to jump in. [grin]

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