Hanging On


My huge Split Leaf Philodendron took a big hit from the freeze and lost nearly all its leaves.  It is the third time in its life that this has happened. The large Philodendron was put there to hide the utility pipes and boxes. But, once the leaves were gone, I noticed something interesting the plant was doing.  Take a look at the two aerial roots that have looped around the pipes, hanging on for more stability.


The root didn’t stop there.  About four bricks up it continues along the wall and behind the utility equipment.


Next, the root rounds the corner.


And into a weep hole.  What next?  Plants always amaze me.

14 Comments on “Hanging On”

  1. Deb says:

    My poor plants are still in shock mode.. I’ve have get to discover how much damage has been done.. 22 degrees is kinda of hard on tropical plants. So glad yours are showing some return !

  2. shoreacres says:

    Why am I suddenly thinking of “The Little Shop of Horrors”? They are amazing, aren’t they? A friend once watched a vine climb up the entire length of her patio umbrella’s pole in a single day. There may not be intentionality there, but on the other hand….

  3. Tina says:

    Isn’t it amazing how plants will grow out of rocks and in the teeniest of places, just to survive?

  4. Mr. Philodendron looks like he is going to be OK! Mine is in a windy area and it not terribly happy.

  5. Ann Coleman says:

    Sometimes it is very easy to believe that plants do think! They certainly seem to find creative ways to survive.

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