make plant grow back quickly

teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)July 31, 2012

My heart leaves philodendron was

Hanging in my living room a week ago

And my 3year old sister hit it with a

Broom like a Pi�ata I trimmed it back,any ideas, it is a very

Healthy plant. Spanish teacher have to me

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

It looks fine. If any of the stems were snapped, just stick them back in with at least 1 node in the soil (remove the leaf from that node if necessary, it will just rot anyway.) Is your little sister showing signs of being a plant-a-holic yet?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 8:57AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You will soon find out that most plants recover very quickly from a major hair cut, especially one with a growing habit like yours. You shouldn't do anything to make it grow back any more rapidly than it will happily do on its own power.

Simply provide the plant with enough light to stimulate growth, water and fertilize appropriately and watch it grow. Philodendrons usually look better after their recovery than they did in the first place.

I hope that the little sister was scolded!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 9:08AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Yes to both of you, she doesn't know any better
And yes she helps me water sometimes

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 9:17AM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

I trim mine every few years. It's hard to hurt these guys.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 6:01PM
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Trailing plants like this respond very favourably to being fed.

And they love being pruned. I suggest cutting damaged trails back to only a few inches long, as they only regrow from the cut.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 12:06PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Yes, there's a lot of fullness there. It should grow back more thick and lush than it was. Whenever a piece gets too long, just snip and replant. I put these pots together with JUST cuttings, some 3-4 feet long.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 12:32PM
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kids and cats-- watchya gonna do?? It looks healthy enough to not to worry much. Mine is very quickly coming back from almost dead (sever sunburned) had only a few leaves to work with, but it is coming along fine. So will yours, I'm sure of it, the way you are with plants.. :)

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 3:06PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Hey TG, how's the Philo looking? Also wanted to ask you about a Dracaena you had a pic of in another thread that had gotten broken. It looks like it's maybe started 2 new tops? Couldn't tell for sure, (no matter which part of my bifocals I looked through.)

Agreed, Lamora. Teen reminds me of me at that age although I didn't have as many pretty plants, certainly not as well cared for at ALL. I had this plant book with black and white pics and think that's where my attachment to variegated leaves was born.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 12:04PM
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