Propagation of Philodendron Silver

Note: this method also works for pothos and other vine-type philodendrons. I imagine larger philodendrons and even monstera deliciosa could be propagated this way though I’ve never tried.

Problem: the original philodendron silver plant is looking quite bare near the pot but still has several healthy vines – this is completely a matter of opinion, if you like the way your plant looks, then no need to change it.

Solution: salvage as many healthy leaves and start a new plant.

Concept: a cutting of the original plant (in this case, a stem) develops new roots. In time, a new vine will emerge as well.  The “new” plant is genetically identical to the original, a clone.  Other types of propagation are root division, leaf cutting, and seed.


Method: if your original plant looks nice near the pot, then you need only to prune a few vines.  In this case, I want to re-start the entire plant so I’m going to cut the vines back all the way to the soil.

Selection: in order for these cuttings to root, you must include a section of the main vine.  I’ve never seen it work with just the leaf and stem.  I cut the main vine into short sections that comprise of a leaf, a stem, and a section of the main vine.  While the cuttings are in my sink, I gave them a quick rinse.

Rooting: a cute little laboratory flask is helpful because the narrow opening naturally keeps the cuttings bundled together and submerged.  Else, I find these soft rubber ties very helpful in keeping the cuttings together and securing them to the lip of whatever rooting container you’re using.  You basically want their cut ends to stay submerged in the water.

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Hope you found this helpful!