Philodendron fungus??

contritionNovember 13, 2010


I'm in Arizona and I am going to college right now. I live in a dorm and have been keeping a houseplant in my room for the past 2 years.

Recently I noticed a strange growth on my plant (a philodendron, I am not sure which kind). I thought it was a flower but it kept growing and growing until it looked like a worm. My sister thought it might be a fungus, and I think she might be right. So my question is, can you help me identify what it is and how I can get my plant back to healthy if this is indeed a parasitic growth?


I'm including pictures. In the first one you can see the wormish growth I mentioned. In the second one you can see it again and some other growths which started coming out of the philo's stem at different angles.


In the second picture, you can see the stem of the large growth going off the top of the picture (and where it comes out of the stem, which is near the bottom), and then 3 smaller growths.

Please help me heal my poor plant :(

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Those are roots....these plants are climbers and send out new roots as they spread. Pothos do the same thing.


    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 1:08PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Use the search words "adventitious roots" if you want more info.

If you don't like them, simply prune them off flush to/with the stems as they appear.


    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 2:00PM
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Thank you both so much! I am so relieved!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 6:26PM
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Not a fungus..They're Air roots. You can prune them, but they grow longer as your Philo matures.
I like the look of long roots, gives the plant character, especially when Philo is staked. Toni

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 2:09AM
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