by Connie Oswald Stofko
Sometimes readers send me questions that they’d like to get some opinions on, so I share their questions with my readers. Here’s one.
I was given a philodendron in a basket with other plants as a gift over 10 years ago. I give it 20/20/20 every watering which is weekly.
For over a year, there is a stalk about 1 inch in diameter supporting extra-large leaves. They are bigger than my hand, so approximately 8 inches. The stalk started sprouting roots about then and they have adhered to my wall. Needless to say, this plant stays in the house when we move! There are also small regular-sized leaves mixed in.
Is this common? Can this plant win some prize? I’ve attached some photos that I took last summer, and needless to say, it is now well over the wooden hook rack! Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Town of Tonawanda
I don’t know if this is common, but I never heard of it before. My guess is that this is probably how the plant grows in the wild and that Hill has it in a good spot in her house.
Can you shed any light on this for Hill? To join the conversation, leave a comment below.
How to get your questions answered
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