Welcome to our step by step guide to philodendron melanochrysum propagation in moss.
See also: Philodendron Melanochrysum Care for a full guide to caring for this plant, as well as our other prop guides: Philodendron Melanochrysum Propagation In Leca, Philodendron Melanochrysum Propagation In Soil, Philodendron Melanochrysum Propagation In Water.
What You’ll Need
You will need:
- A melanochrysum big enough to take a cutting from
- A glass jar or plastic cup
- A sharp knife
- Water (filtered tap water is ideal)
- Sphagnum Moss
How To Propagate Philodendron Melanochrysum In Sphagnum Moss
I’ve found sphagnum moss is really good for growing philodendrons. They root quickly and grow well in it, follow these steps:
Firstly you want to take a cutting with two leaves and one node ideally. Then leave the cutting aside so for the open cut to seal so you don’t have an open wound which can get infected. A couple of hours aside should be enough.
Prepare your sphagnum moss: you want to take some dry moss which is normally compressed together. You want to pick it apart with your fingers to separate it. I pick it apart into a bowl, then I add water to it. and squeeze it and put it back so it really absorbs the water. Then I pick any clumps apart again so that it is not clumpy in the plant pot.
Get the pot and either make sure it a) has drainage holes or b) has a layer of leca or pebbles at the bottom that can take excess water away from the moss.
I use a clear cup for propagating so I can see root growth. I fill it half full with moist moss (squeeze off any excess water first). Then add the calloused over cuttings. You can put two or three in a cup, hold them in place with one hand while filling in around the nodes and stems with moist moss.
Then put it inside a plastic box or bag that is taller than the cutting, leaving the top slightly open, so that the air does not get stagnant, but that the humidity is raised. You want a humid environment as it will really help rooting.
Give it plenty of indirect sunlight too and keep it moist. Make sure air can move and it does not get rotten. And it should root within two months. By months 3-4 you should see new leaf and stem growth from the top of the cuttings. You can then take it out of the humidity bag and treat it like a normal plant- You can more it to soil at this stage or give it a very weak fertilizer to give it nutrients.
Here’s couple of pictures of one of my larger prop boxes…
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