How Do You Repot Rhaphidophora Decursiva?
If you receive Rhaphidophora Decursiva as a juvenile, it may start out as a little plant. Even when grown inside, it will eventually grow into a big plant.
As a result, be prepared to repot it into larger containers. However, don’t go straight to a 10- or 24-inch container when the plant is still rather little. This just raises the possibility of root rot.
Instead, when repotting, move up one pot size at a time.
There are a few approaches you can take to manage its size.
- Use a smaller pot to limit its development.
- Maintain it in low to medium light to halt its growth.
- When the plant becomes too large, divide it. This results in two smaller plants, albeit they will eventually grow larger as well (unless you give the others away).
- Wait until roots begin to emerge from the pot’s drainage holes before repotting.
- Take your time unpotting the plant when repotting it.
- If you have a huge plant, turn it on its side and gently set it down. That makes getting the pot out easier. If the root ball is too tight, use a knife to separate it from the walls of the pot.
- Watering the soil a few hours or the day before also helps unpotting easier.
- Replace the potting soil with fresh mix when transferring.
- And, after repotting, wait a few days before watering the plant.
Does Rhaphidophora Decursiva Flower?
When given the opportunity to mature, these plants normally blossom in the spring or summer. However, as houseplants, they are unlikely to blossom.
Rhaphidophora decursiva has tiny yellowish-white blooms that are bisexual and borne on an erect corn-like spadix. A yellowish curved or boat-shaped leafy bract surrounds the spadix (spathe).
To learn more about the spadix, it is an inflorescence with a fleshy stem that bears tiny flowers that is characteristic of many plants in the arum family.
How Do You Prune Rhaphidophora Decursiva?
Rhaphidophora decursiva requires little pruning. Only remove damaged, dead, or yellow leaves to promote their health; otherwise, they may attract pests.
If you want to limit their size and shape, you can clip a few long stems, especially in early spring. This encourages branching and so fuller growth.
Because of the plant’s size, you will need to prune it at least once a year. Regular trimming is required if you want to maintain it shorter and more compact.
When permitted to climb, the plant grows quickly. It will also grow in size. As a result, make sure you have enough space or be prepared to prune more frequently.
However, doing so will result in larger, lusher leaves. As a result, you’ll have a more attractive plant.
Pruning is typically used for size control and shape. Aside from that, it is used to remove yellow leaves or those that have been damaged. To avoid cross-infection, always use sterilized pruning shears, knives, or scissors while pruning these tropical plants.
Finally, to keep your leaves looking glossy and attractive, wipe them down with a damp cloth on a regular basis.
What Is Rhaphidophora Decursiva?
Rhaphidophora Decursiva is an Araceae species found in the wild in China, India, and other Southeast Asian countries. The plant is notable for its large leaves, which change shape as it grows.
When young, the leaves are blue-green and oval-shaped, but as the plant ages, the leaves spread out and have deep, alternating lobes. A completely grown plant’s leaves can grow to be 40 inches long and 20 inches wide.
Rhaphidophora Decursiva climbs easily by forming air roots that connect to trees. This plant can grow to be more than 50 feet tall in the wild. It is normally much smaller as a houseplant, at around five feet tall.
This species grows best in pots and containers inside, although it can also be grown outside in warm climates with mild winters. It’s a resilient plant that’s easy to care for and makes an excellent low-maintenance houseplant.
Does Rhaphidophora Decursiva Climb Or Crawl?
Rhaphidophora decursiva is a huge climbing tropical liana that grows quickly and is evergreen. In its natural habitat, it can grow to be 66 (20m) feet long or more. Nonetheless, as a houseplant, they can reach a height of 5-8 feet and require a climbing structure.
Furthermore, these plants can reach incredible heights! While it may grow up to 40 feet (!!) from the end of the roots to the top of the foliage in its natural habitat, it usually maxes out at 5 feet as a houseplant.
- decursiva is indigenous to India and Southeast Asia, including Southern China in the Himalayan foothills. The Decursiva plant germinates in the branches of a tree in these tropical woodlands.
It then extends its leaves towards the canopy and sunshine above. At the same time, the roots go down the tree trunk to the earth below, firmly anchoring the plant to the host tree.
Why Is My Rhaphidophora Leaves Mushy?
Overwatering is typically to blame. Lift your plant gently from its pot and examine the roots to see whether root rot is present. If the roots are black or brown and the infection is extensive, your plant may not be saved.
In this situation, refer to the Propagation section to learn how to grow a new plant in a fresh mix.
If the damaged roots are not extensive, cut them off and repot your plant in fresh soil in a new container. Read the Watering and Soil sections to ensure that your plant is not overwatered and has an airy mix that does not retain excessive moisture.
Why Is My Rhaphidophora Decursiva Leaves Not Developing Holes?
We understand. One of the joys of gardening is watching your plant mature! The most common reason for your plant’s failure to generate fenestrations is a lack of sunshine.
Check to see if your plant is getting enough dappled light (6-8 hours). If you want to be more scientific, you can use a light meter to measure light intensity (should be 800-2,000-foot candles).
In the winter, you may want to supplement the limited natural light with grow lights.
Also, a juvenile plant differs greatly from a mature one in appearance. When the plant is young, the leaves are smaller, more pointed, and oval-shaped. The leaves will develop profound fenestrations (splits/cuts) as it ages. Mature leaves can grow to reach more than 3 feet long.
Decursiva may not have mature split or pinnate leaves when grown as a houseplant unless given the proper growing circumstances, space, and somewhere to climb. Nonetheless, it will provide a wonderful tropical setting.
Is Rhaphidophora Decursiva Harmful To Rabbits?
Humans, dogs, cats, and other pets are poisoned or toxic to Rhaphidophora decursiva. This plant is poisonous in every way (leaves, roots, flowers, and stems).
The presence of needle-like insoluble calcium oxalates known as raphides is the cause of their toxicity. It causes the following effects when swallowed or chewed:
- A burning feeling and severe oral discomfort
- Tongue, lip, or mouth swelling
- Pets pawing at you
- refusal to consume
As a result, do not give this plant to your rabbits, bearded dragons, children, dogs, cats, or other pets.
Also, while some sites suggest that the fruits are harmless, they should be avoided. You should also dismiss the claim that “the stems and leaves are used medicinally to treat severe injuries, fractures, swellings, colds, lumbago, snake bites, coughs, and bronchitis.”
Where Can I Find Rhaphidophora Decursiva For Sale?
If you’re seeking for Rhaphidophora Decursiva for sale, start by looking at your local commercial nurseries and other small-scale specialist producers across the US. This tropical plant is no longer as uncommon.
Etsy.com, plantshed.com, hirts.com, Steve’s Leaves, Gabriellaplants.com, Gardengoodsdirect.com, and other internet retailers are also options.
In the UK, try Etsy UK, Thegingerjungle.com, and Papayaplants.co.uk, in addition to local commercial nurseries.
This wonderful tropical plant is available in Canada at Millionplants.com, Thepaintedleaf.ca, Veryplants.ca, and Plantcollective.co.
Finally, in Australia, the houseplant is readily available, with several sites to buy online, such as Plantsdirect.com.au, Plantsinabox.com.au, Myjungleshack.com.au, Verdantdwellings.com.au, or Plantsmith.net.au.
How Do You Propagate Rhaphidophora Decursiva?
There are several methods for propagating Rhaphidophora Decursiva. The most prevalent, however, are:
- Stem cuttings / Stem propagation
- Air layering
- Division (or separating the plant).
If your plant becomes too large, you can divide it. This will yield two or more tiny plants. And the greatest moment to divide your plant is when you repot it.
That being said, stem cuttings are the most common and easiest technique to propagate your Rhaphidophora Decursiva.
You can also choose between water propagation and soil propagation.
Here’s how to accomplish both.
- Take one or more stem cuttings, depending on how many new plants you want to develop. You can also utilize the pruning cuts.
- Choose stems that are 4 to 6 inches long and have at least 1-2 nodes. Even better if you can obtain aerial roots from the cuttings.
- Dip the cut end of the stems in rooting hormone. This step is optional.
- Plant the cutting in well-draining soil. Sphagnum moss is another option.
- If your cutting arrives with aerial roots, you can chop them out if you don’t want them. You can even leave them off to the side or lay them on the ground. Plant them only if they willingly burrow into the soil.
- Remember that air roots obtain oxygen and moisture from the air as well as nutrients from trash. They differ from soil/terrestrial looks, which is why the two types of roots appear so dissimilar. Although air roots can sometimes transform into soil roots, this is not usually the case.
- Place the cuttings in a warm location with bright, indirect light.
- Water the soil to keep it moist.
- It will take 4 to 6 weeks for the roots to develop and establish themselves in the soil.
Alternatively, you can propagate the cutting in water.
- Place the cutting in water with the nodes submerged. This time, if you have aerial roots, you can submerge them.
- Aerial roots in water will develop water roots, which will eventually become soil roots. (I know, it’s a bit perplexing.)
- But the idea is that the roots that form from the air roots will resemble the strong, white roots found in most houseplants. Best of all, these roots will emerge and expand faster than those from nodes.
- You can pot up the cuttings in soil once the roots reach 2-4 inches in length. This will take approximately 3-4 weeks.