There comes a time in every houseplant’s life when moving to a larger pot is needed. I have put off repotting my Splitleaf Philodendron for six months and today is the day! The general procedure for repotting is as follows:
- Choose a new pot that has a drain hole in bottom. I chose a Mexican pot for a little color.
- Add some rock to prevent plant from sitting in water. Philodendron are tropical jungle plants and like moisture but the roots will rot if left in water.
- Trim any yellowing leaves and I also removed about a third of the green ones plus several of the aerial roots.
- Add some potting soil with some perlite added for a rich, light soil. The prepared mix I use is Miracle Grow Potting Mix which contains 50% processed forest products, sphagnum peat moss, peat, perlite, compost, a light fertilizer. The fertilizer is a slow release combination of nitrogen (0,21%), phosphate (0,11%), and Potash (0.16%).
- Put some mix (I did an inch) in the new pot’s bottom) and set the Philodendron in the new pot allowing several inches from the pot top. No need to separate roots as they will fill in with time.
- Fill in the space around the plant and I do not compact the new soil to give the adventurous roots plenty of air.
- Water well with a collection saucer at the bottom for drainage. Re-water when the top 1/2 inch of soil is dry. Remember, Philodendron live in wet environments under trees with filtered light and natural drip irrigation.
- In two years, I will re-pot once more.