Xanadu Philodendron Care: Tips For Growing Xanadu Philodendrons Indoors
The first thing to do when growing any kind of plants is to get them established before anything else happens. You want your new plants to have plenty of room so they don’t get crowded and will grow into their full size quickly. To make sure you are getting enough space, you need to measure it out with a tape measure or yardstick. If you aren’t familiar with how to use a yardstick, here’s some helpful advice from Wikipedia.
Measurement is critical for successful growing of most indoor plants. When measuring out the soil, remember that one inch equals four centimeters (cm). One foot equals two meters (m) and one meter equals three feet (ft). So if you are using a yardstick, measure out 4 inches (10 cm), then divide by 2 inches per centimeter (i.e.
4/2 = 1.6) to determine the amount of soil needed.
When preparing the soil for planting, it is very important to keep in mind that there are many variables such as temperature, humidity, light intensity and water content which all play a role in determining what type of growth you will see. The best way to prepare the soil is by mixing it thoroughly with water until it forms a loose but cohesive mass. You want the soil to be damp but not soggy or muddy. You can use a trowel to help pack it together if it seems too loose to stay in place.
Use a trowel to cut an opening in the mulch around the plant you wish to move and gently remove the plant from the pot or basket and loosen the root system. If the roots are very bound up in a ball, cut the root system with a pair of scissors until you can get it separated into individual strands. If you want, you can also trim off any damage roots as well.
With your hand, dig a hole in the soil big enough for the plant’s root system and set it firmly in place. Gently press down and add soil around the base of the plant until the hole is half filled. Continue this process until the hole is completely filled and the new plant is stable enough that it won’t easily tip over.
Add more soil as necessary and water thoroughly with a watering can or hose to ensure that the soil is firmly in place. Check for stability and give it a couple of days before you move any potted plants inside to give the plant time to adapt to its new location.
As stated above, most plants need to be repotted every once in a while. This is especially true for houseplants because they often don’t get enough room to spread out and grow. You can tell that your plant needs repotting when the roots are growing out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot or if the root system has actually grown through the drainage holes and is anchoring itself to the sides.
Begin by using a trowel to gently separate the root mass from the sides of the pot. Once you have a good grip on it, tip the plant and pot forward and scrape off as much of the root system as you can. Place it back into the pot and secure it with soil. You may need to trim off any damaged roots with scissors and you should also prune away any stems that have grown past the top edge of the pot. Fill in around the roots with soil and water thoroughly.
Once you get good at it, you’ll find that repotting doesn’t take very long and your plants will thank you with stronger, healthier growth.
You can learn more about houseplant care in the Houseplant Care section.
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