How to grow plants from “wet sticks” and the results


The most popular post on this blog so far has been the “wet sticks” post. I thought a post showing some results of growing plants from wet sticks would be a nice follow up to that post. So here are what plants have been growing well after propagating from ”wet sticks”.

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Philodendron Splendid

This philodendron splendid is one of the easiest plants to grow from a “wet stick”. I had one that got the wonderful joy of thrips. I decided to chop it up and propagate after I bathed it in some soapy water. I have multiple soup containers with philodendron splendid in it. Splendid and heart leaf philodendron have been mixed together.

Rooted ”wet sticks”

Philodendron Cordatum or Heart Leaf Philodendron

Although this is a common philodendron that you can find at a local big box store, it is still a joy to propagate. Why not have multiple plants of this all over your house? I think this one had either thrips or mealy bugs so I also chopped it up into tiny bits of stem and propagated in perlite after bathing it in soapy water.

Philodendron heart leaf and splendid in perlite

Phildendron Gloriosum “Round Form”

The philodendrum gloriosum is one of my favorite plants but it is a crawler. I decided to chop this guy up into three pieces due to outgrowing the pot. All three of the cuttings lost all of their leaves and 1 piece even looked like a little shrimp. I didn’t think the shrimp looking guy would survive but it ended up being the largest of the 3 pieces. Unfortunately, I recently found some thrips on it so I treated it and then I moved it into a long pot in soil so it can crawl.

Philodendron Gloriosum “round form” as just a wet stick

Gloriosum ”round form” growing in perlite

Gloriosum ”round form” acclimating to soil in the grow tent

Calathea Warscewiczii

Yes, you can even grow a Calathea from a wet stick. This particular plant died down to nothing so I stuck his stump into perlite in a glass cloche and he grew leaves. At one point I thought he was dead but I took him out of the cloche and put him in soup container with perlite and he has grown into a plant. I am still debating on what to do with him next.

Calathea Warscewiczii grown from a ”wet stick” I thought was rotten

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Cercestis Mirabilis

Yes, this plant is rare and hard to get but I lucked out and got one from Ken’s Philodendrons before the plant prices went through the roof. I put the plant in the grow tent and it grew a runner but it never grew leaves on it. I became tired of the runner and decided to cut it up into little pieces and it grew into little plants. Now from the looks of the little plants, they look like they need to be fertilized since they have been in these little soup containers for a long time.

Cercestis Mirabilis leaves looking rough but roots are strong

Philodendron Hastatum

I tried to propagate this plant by putting it into plain water and nothing happened. Then I decided to put the wet sticks of this plant into perlite inside a soup container. I then forgot about them for a while and one day checked on them and they had grown leaves.

Philodendron growing beautifully in perlite

Philodendron Majestic

This plant is one of the last ones I bought before the cold weather started. I ordered this plant from Botanicas, it was basically a wet stick with one leaf when it arrived. I put it in perlite in a net pot suspended in a jar with water and put it in a cloche. I have recently put it into soil in a ceramic pot I made. It is doing really well in the Ikea Greenhouse cabinet.

Philodendron Majestic when I first received it

In perlite in a cloche

Philodendron Majestic now in dirt in a ceramic pot I made

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