Welcome to our guide to philodendron verrucosum propagation in water. I run down all you need to know, step by step with pictures of my own water props. Verrucosum are fairly easy to propagate, you just need to be careful they do not rot.
What You’ll Need To Propagate Your Verrucosum
You will need:
- A philodendron verrucosum that is big enough to take a one-node, one-leaf cutting from
- A sharp knife or scissors
- A clear jar or cup
- Filtered tap water
How To Propagate Philodendron Verrucosum In Water
We’ll start with the main plant, this has got a bit leggy and I’m going to cut it back so it is a great time to take cuttings…
Step 1: Take the cuttings
I take my cuttings from the main plant, making sure I have one leaf and one node per cutting.
Step 2: Trim the cuttings
Trim the cuttings and make sure to remove any brown or decaying material like the cataphylls (the sheaths that new growth come from). As they this can rot.
Step 3: Let the cutting callous over to avoid rot
I then put them in a jar but do not fill it with water straight away or you can just put them aside. Wait 5 or so hours so that the wounds are fully sealed over (this avoids rot).
Step 4: Fill the jar with water
You can then fill the jar up with water. Make sure no leaves are in the water as they can rot. I use filtered tap water with a Brita (or similar).
Step 5: Keep the water topped up and wait
I keep the cutting somewhere they get medium indirect sunlight. They want some light to encourage growth but you do not want direct sun. Keep the water topped up.
You want to check it once a week and make sure the water is covering the nodes, which should be really easy as verrucosums have vey long stems. Try to keep leaves out of the water as they can rot. If anything does rot, take it out and change the water if it turns cloudy. It is normal for some propagations not to work and they can die back, don’t worry, just take them out.
Some of the cuttings can rot, this is normal.
Step 6: Wait for roots
The plants will root in about a month or two. They can live in water ongoing, and if you going to go that route you can just keep them in the jar and keep the water topped up. They will grow slower in water that in soil, so you can consider moving them to soil at this point, just pot them up in a good, well draining philodendron mix. For more on philodendron soil, see our guide: Philodendron Soil.