Ruth Raun in Houston, Houston, Texas New South Wales
Nature of problem:
I have a 16 year old Xanadu that was so huge that I couldn’t cover for a rare freeze. I am down to a stalk (diameter 4 inches) and have cut off the rotted part. Will it come back?
Type of Plant (if known):
Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
The stalk is woody and shows no sign of life now for about a month.
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How long since you planted it:
16 yeas ago it was a houseplant
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We seldom have a freeze in winter, and previously the plant could be covered, but this year, it was too large.
Hi Ruth, What a catastrophe! Nonetheless, it may well recover. A photo would have helped me so much. Leave the plant alone now, except for covering up what is left of it until the weather warms up again. Do not remove any more dead bits as they help insulate the plant during cold weather. Philodendrons often recover quite well after disasters. Good luck. Don