How to Propagate Philodendron In Water

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Philodendron plants provide homeowners and plant fans with a variety of unique types that grow well in many circumstances.

Most people likely use them as a decorative, indoor plant and may propagate them.

For example, you may propagate your philodendron in water before putting it in soil. Here are the steps you must take to ensure that you get the best results with your plant.

Simple Steps For Propagating a Philodendron in Water

If you follow the simple steps below, you should find it fairly easy to propagate this plant in water.

You may then move it to the soil to help its roots grow more fully. Make sure you have a small flower vase, a growing stick, some plant scissors, and a healthy philodendron plant before you start this process:

  1. Find a healthy plant from which you can make a 3-5 inch cut
  2. Identify the 3-5 inch vine you want to remove from the plant
  3. Cut the vine from the plant, making sure to include nodes and a few leaves
  4. Prune away extra leaves from the cut to focus them near the nodes
  5. Wrap this vine around your growing stick to direct its growth
  6. Place the growing stick and vine in the vase
  7. Pour fresh, rainwater or distilled water into the vase until you cover the node
  8. Put the vase in indirect sunlight and keep it at about room temperature
  9. Change the water if it gets cloudy before your next watering

After you propagate your plant, you should give it some liquid fertilizer with a high nitrogen content to help it grow more quickly. As your plant grows, you may replace its water frequently to ensure that it stays healthy.

Keep the root’s node covered at all times to ensure that your plant doesn’t dry out on you.



1. How long does it take for philodendron plant cuttings to root in water?

After cutting and starting the propagation process, expect some results within a minimum of 10 days. If you don’t see roots after 10 days, wait till 21 have passed. At that point, you should start seeing some roots and your plant should start looking ready to move to the soil. While you can keep your philodendron in water for a little longer, earlier transplanting helps it grow more effectively.

2. When should you plant philodendron in soil?

After you see roots from your philodendron, you may think about transplanting them into the soil. Some people may wait a little longer (a week or two is usually enough) to let the roots grow a little stronger. However, you should have roots within those first 10-21 days. Once the roots are at least a few inches, you can plant them in the soil.

3. Is it better to propagate philodendron in water or soil?

Some people find propagating a philodendron from the water easier than from soil because you just need a vine with a node. Rather than choosing various soils and worrying about root rot, you place the vine in a vase of water and let it grow. You do need to add an appropriate, nitrogen-rich fertilizer every 4-6 months, however. This step gives your philodendron the nutrients it needs to grow.

4. How do I transfer a plant cutting from water to soil?

If you plan on putting your new philodendron into the soil after propagating in water, you must take the vine with the growing stick and place it in a pot filled with soil. Let the vine and the growing stick dry, first, to prevent root rot. You may remove the growing stick once the philodendron has grown to its full size. Now, make sure you water when the soil is dry, but don’t water excessively to avoid rot.

5. Can you propagate philodendron without a node?

Short answer: no, you cannot propagate a philodendron without a node. The node is where the plant grows, and it contains the important genetic information that makes growth possible. That’s why we suggested trimming a philodendron vine with a node. If you simply cut a vine and place it in some water, you’re going to be very disappointed with the result.

6. Can philodendron be propagated from a leaf?

Though you may have a good philodendron leaf, you simply cannot grow a new plant from a single leaf. Unfortunately, they lack the structure to grow a new plant and need a node. If you do have a leaf with a node, you can create split-leaf philodendrons from the leaf. This option lets you create multiple plants and can be a wise option for those who love this plant.