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Monstera Deliciosa (Split-leaf Philodendron) Help

 
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jonnypnaz



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:56 pm    Post subject: Monstera Deliciosa (Split-leaf Philodendron) Help Reply with quote

Hi all,
I recently purchased a couple-year-old healthy Monstera Deliciosa plant from a nursery that was growing this plant outdoors. I kept it outdoors in an NE corner where it receives alot of indirect sunlight but rarely any direct sunlight and it's done great, throwing out several new leaves. However I would really love to plant it in the ground and let it thrive but I am worried that it will die as soon as I re-plant it. I've never heard of anyone or seen any of these tropicals being grown in the ground here. Can anyone shed any light on the subject? Thank you!
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saul4paz



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive seen a guy in Mesa with hundreds of these he grows them underneath bamboo so the receive shade nearly all day, I think they would have to be in a protected spot in the grown, (buy a walk way near the house or inbetween trees, I have one I bought from home depot, and I keep it in a pot 1/2 shaded, It only burns on 115F days. but aslong as it has good drainage (sand/mulch) It will grow quick.

There really cool when there older and have those big leaves and roots.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I imagine they are a lot like philodendron. Philodrendron do great here in full shade. I've seen them growing as landscape plants in apartment complexes. Frost might be a problem. It would probably have to be covered on frosty nights. Planting it right next to the house or in a sheltered courtyard would also help to avoid freezing.
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jonnypnaz



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:10 am    Post subject: Monstera Update Reply with quote

Thank you for your replies guys, I went ahead and planted the monstera next to a very large old citrus tree in my backyard about a month and a half ago. It's showed very little stress since then even in the heat and is finally starting to throw out 3 new leaves, seems to love the flood irrigation every two weeks plus a little water in between with the bubbler I installed. I'll def need to keep it from getting too cold in the winter. Now I'm wondering how to get it to begin growing up the trunk of the citrus tree and up into the canopy...? Also, anyone know how many other types of philodenron can be grown outside here in Phoenix besides xanadu and split-leaf? Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like its doing great! If it fruits, send us a photo.
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