Hello and welcome to our guide to philodendron burle marx propagation in sphagnum moss.
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To propagate Philodendron Burle Marx in Sphagnum moss, follow these steps:
Firstly take your cutting – you want one node and one leaf.
Leave the cutting for half a day so that the wounds heal over.
Soak some sphagnum moss, I use filtered tap water.
Squeeze the moss to get rid of most water.
Then get a plastic cup and put a layer of leca in the bottom. This is so I do not need holes, you can put drainage holes in if you don’t have leca, or be really careful when watering! The leca is good as it means I can water the plants less: the excess water goes into the leca, and as the moss dries it will suck up the water from the leca, which keeps the moss damp for longer but helps to avoid over watering.
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Half fill the cup with moist moss. Don’t pack it really tight, you want air to get to the roots.
Further reading: our full care guide: Philodendron Burle Marx Care. Plus be sure to see all Philodendron Burle Marx propagation articles here: Burle Marx Water Propagation, Burle Marx Propagation In Leca, Propagating Burle Marx From Nodes / Wet Stick, Burle Marx Propagation In Soil, Burle Marx Variegata Reverting. And How To Propagate Philodendron.
Take the cutting and hold it in position. Then fill it with moss around the cutting.
Pack the moss down a little but not too much, you want the moss to be able to be able to hold the cutting up but still allow air to circulate to the roots. The node should be surrounded by damp moss to encourage rooting.
Then give it a little water to hold it all together and you’re done.
Philodendron Burle Marx Propagation In Moss – FAQs
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You should soak the moss in filtered tap water. Then squeeze out as much of the moisture as you can. Then try to make sure it doesn’t have big clumps in it by pulling it apart gently into a bowl. You then have moist but separated, fluffy moss. See our guide How To Prepare Sphagnum Moss For Propagation.
You can re-use sphagnum moss. I often take old moss and keep it all in a bucket and then soak it in water with a disinfectant solution. Then I squeeze it out and dip in in fresh water, then repeat a few times, to get rid of the disinfectant. It is not as good as fresh moss but it is about 80% quality.
They can revert, normally due to too little light. See this guide for more Burle Marx Variegata Reverting.
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