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Can I trim the rootball of a philadendron? Have 2 plants that I've had for many years.  Already in very large pots but rootbound and I want to repot.  How do I trim the rootball?


Carefully remove the plant from the pot then take a very sharp knife and cut off 2-3 inches from the bottom and sides (all the way around) of the rootball. Make sure you are not cutting off any plants, only the roots. Then you can wash the pot and put it back in the same pot or even put it back in a slightly smaller pot. Or you can cut the plant rootball in half down the middle and also around the outside and split it into 2 pots then give one plant to a friend. Good luck!


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Darlene K. Kittle


I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.


I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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