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Q.Should We Replant Healthy Philodendron With Trunk/stem That Seems To Be Gone?

Zone Va. Beach, VA, 23452 | Cfincke added on May 29, 2021 | Answered

Our large, 40-some-year-old philodendron looks very healthy — but we just noticed the trunk/stem seems dead at the bottom, and is actually sitting up a few inches off the ground, and the plant is being suspended/held up by the considerable air roots. What should we do? Replant? Leave it alone?

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Answered on May 31, 2021

Unfortunately, your photo did not come through. I am unable to see the damage.

It sounds like the plant sustained a considerable infection, at one time. This would cause the rotting away of any stem. It sounds like the issue has resolved itself over time.

If the plant is happy, and there are no markings, holes, discoloration, or other signs of stress on the leaves then I would say that you could leave it like it is. There will be no need to disturb it more than you have to.

If the plant shows signs of stress, then it may benefit from a fresh planting.

Here are some articles that will help:


Because I do not know whether your philodendron is the vining type or prostrate type, these articles will address both:



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Answered on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much, Bush doctor! Will try to post 2 photos -- but your answer was very helpful.

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