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Hello, I have a 40 plus year old Saddle Leaf Philodendron.  It is quite large and becoming difficult for my husband and me to move in and out for the seasons.  I would like to take it out of it's pot and cut the roots down and put it in a smaller pot.  Is it possible to do this without killing it and how do I do it?  Thank you very much.

Hi Ledy,

It might be possible to prune back the roots of your Philodendron selloum, but it would be very difficult and it would likely require doing it again in a year or so. In addition, it would jeopardize the health of the plant if not done properly. So I do not recommend doing it.

The best way to keep the growth of your plant under control is to stop moving it outside in the warmer months. If you keep it inside, the growth rate will slow down and it can stay in the existing pot indefinitely. I think that is the best way to deal with your plant's being too big to move back and forth.

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