18 Comments on “Freeze Remedy: How to Save Philodendrons”

  1. Hi, my crinum lilies are about the same size as these philodendrons. Should the crinum lilies be treated the same way? In other words, do I need to do more than remove the mush?

  2. Hi. I have a large, established iris. I know you’re supposed to cut it back in the fall but the leaves went from green to brownish and the flowers stems are limp and turning an ugly yellow. Should I cut it all back and wait till next year for blooms?

  3. Hi James. Thank you SO much for teaching me how to check woody stems for bright green life! This is why your community loves you so!

    What can you advise about Bird of Paradise plants?

    Ours (at the house we just bought) were 5-6′ high and wide, and, as I cut them back lower and lower, the stem interiors were all brown and mushy. Various sites claim they are likely dead and won’t come back. Is that also your position?

    1. Some bird of paradise look like they will come back from the crown (remove all leaves) but a few look dead. You might still give them a month or so to see if any leaves emerge.

    1. Reciprocating saw, battery powered, my anniversary gift to my wife. She loves it! It has a pruning blade, you can also use different blades for metal, plastic pipe, wood or plastic lumber.

  4. Reciprocating saw, battery powered, my anniversary gift to my wife. She loves it! It has a pruning blade, you can also use different blades for metal, plastic pipe, wood or plastic lumber.

  5. We cut back all my split leaf philodendrons as per watching Sally. Also, cut my 6 bird of paradise to the ground. They look very mushy but hoping for the best. I have been cutting my 3 types of asparagas ferns back to the top of the soil as they are in pots and the ground. Do i water them after cutting? My bottlebrush trees which are about 3-5 years old look very brown . Any suggestions on them? Appreciate all the videos and advise.

  6. I have seen some bird of paradise cut to the ground already starting to regrow. Not all of them will but I think most. Your bottlebrush are probably dead to the ground so cut down and then stand back they should regrow also. Asparagus in ground will regrow just fine, in pots probably not. Don’t be in a rush to water, you can’t force the new growth, but if the soil is dry that’s a reason to water

  7. My Azores (Red and Yellow) hedges are looking pretty bad do I cut them back or leave them?

  8. Any suggestions on Norfolk Pines? Mine is about 40 ft. It’s been in the ground for about 26 years.

    1. I think its dead to the ground. If thats the case, I do not know if it will regrow from the roots after removing the top.

  9. Lots of our shrubs/plants are sprouting green shoots – duranta, esperanza, hamelia, indian carnation. But we see no signs of life with bouganvillea. How long would you suggest waiting before we make a decision about removing it? Or maybe it’s just better to cut it back completely? Thanks!

    1. Your bougainvillea is not going to sprout from any above ground limbs, so cut it back close to the ground. It is likely to sprout from the roots, many bougainvillea have just now started doing this.

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