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  rescuing a skimpy cutting
From: REDRAGON40 at aol.com on 2009.03.09 at 14:31:42(19176)
Hi everyone: I am new to this list and I'm not sure whether the text of my request to Mr. Weeks was shown to anyone yet, so please excuse me if this is a repeat. I am not an aroid hobbyist, but for many years I had tried to locate a variety of philodendron that I had in the sixties. I succeeded in finding one straggly one last year in a store that has since gone out of business, and I was nursing it along. I was recently in the hospital, and lost the whole plant except for one spindly stem with one leaf. I desparately need some advice on how to save it, since none of the greenhouses or horticulturists around here have ever heard of it. Right now I have it suspended with the stem joint under water and the single leaf sticking out of the water. It was called a blushing pholodendron when I first had it, - just a standard heart shaped leaf, but with a red underside and the upper surface extremely finely beaded so it looks satiny rather than shiny. Do you have any members that I could contact or any advice about how to save this poor little remnant? ( rooting procedure, fertilizer, best soil type, etc) It would be heartbreaking to me to lose it. It must be a rather hard to grow variety, because it didn't grow much at all, whereas the standard philodendron on the same shelf grew like crazy. Would setting up a small terrarium for it be a good idea or would it make it rot? Any help would be sincerely appreciated.
Carol Ross

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From: "Sherry Gates" <TheTropix at msn.com> on 2009.03.10 at 11:20:40(19181)
Hi Carol,

There are a great number of experts in the IAS, (I'm not one of them) so you went to the right place for advice.

If anyone here offers better suggestions than mine, listen to them, these people know their stuff.

This is what I'd do. (and have had to do as well)

Try putting it outdoors, but not in the sun and water lightly a couple of times a day. I don't know if the glass of water will do more harm than good, so plant it (shallow) in some good, loose potting soil. Be sure to protect it from the sun and don't let it dry out, but not wet either. Wet usually brings on rot. If you choose to fertilize, use at 1/4 strength at most...weak so it won't overwhelm the plant. Remember....keep it in med - bright shade, but no direct sun.

Best of luck!

Sherry

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From: REDRAGON40 at aol.com on 2009.03.11 at 15:02:45(19185)
Sherry:

Since I live in PA, outdoors isn't currently an option The web site suggests a mixture of peat, potting soil and osmunda fibre so it stays damp, but drains quickly. Right now I have it suspended in an aquarium with the leaf and the growing tip out of the water, but with the stem end and one joint in the water. It has the light from the aquarium, and there is some nutrient in the water because of the fish. A local horticulturist said that I should wait to plant it until there is a little root growth. I thought perhaps after a root starts I will mix the planting medium, and use a medium sized pot to accommodate the length of the cutting, - anchoring it into the medium in the same position it is now in water. I would set the pot on a pebble bed for humidity in a small empty aquarium and kepp it watered and drained. A small aquarium light should provide the necessary illumination. Here's hoping!

Carol

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From: "Lengyel Ferenc" <Ferenc.Lengyel at aok.pte.hu> on 2009.03.12 at 03:31:57(19188)
Hi Carol,
I would leave the cutting in water (changed regularly) untill it develops a few roots.
But I can tell you the same thing as Sherry: if other people have a better advice, thake that.

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