A philodendron can be easily pruned by cutting stems while maintaining one or two leaves per shoot so each pruning has leaves and a stem segment. The pruned segments can be bunched together in the same pot to form a new plant.
A philodendron is an easy-to-grow houseplant that requires very little maintenance. To maintain ideal health and size, regular pruning is recommended.
- Stem pruning of the plant When pruning the philodendron, remove shoots and shoot tips when they are small. Pruning increases branching of the stem and results in a healthier plant.
- Root pruning of the plant When the plant has outgrown the pot, root pruning is advisable. Pull roots from the root mass and cut them 1 inch from the soil mass.
- Repotting the plant To plant root prunings or repot a plant into a different container, choose a pot large enough to accommodate a 1-inch packed soil base leaving a 1-inch border on all sides of the pot.