Swiss Cheese Plants

Swiss Cheese Plant


Anonymous added on December 21, 2014 | Answered

The Swiss cheese plant has been growing really well in our bathroom. This morning I went in to find the plant had snapped off at its weakest point, leaving the leaves and stem in one half and the root and stem in the other. Is there anything I can do to save the plant? It has long roots coming of the leaves and stem.


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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on December 22, 2014

Remove the first leaf near the base of the broken end (which you may want to snip off with pruners to make the cut end cleaner rather than jagged), and place it in some moist, rich soil. You can use rooting hormone, if desired, but this isn’t necessary. Or, you may want to root the piece in water beforehand, moving it to a pot once the rooting has adequately begun taking place. Root the cutting of Swiss cheese vine plant in water for about two to three weeks, then transfer to a pot filled with rich potting soil.

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theficuswrangler
Answered on December 21, 2014

Really, no problem. You can either pot up the broken section into a new pot with soil, and make yourself a new plant, or dig a hole in the original pot (a spoon is a good tool) and stick the broken piece of stem back in with the original stem, to make a plant with 2 stems. Be sure to stick the end several inches into the soil, at least, and cut off those aerial roots if they're too long to fit. Use some stakes (you can get these from any plant store) to support both stems; if you want to get crafty, you can construct moss poles. Here are a couple of articles you should find useful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/swiss-cheese-plant/proper-care-of-a-swiss-cheese-plant-swiss-cheese-plant-propagation.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/swiss-cheese-plant/moss-pole-plant-support.htm

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