Philodendrons are trending – South Coast Herald

Philodendrons have been around for ages and are easily taken for granted because they seem to grow in any situation. In other words, the perfect beginner plant that makes an excellent foliage plant for containers. Normally, philodendrons wouldn’t be trending as houseplants, but these new varieties are worth scouting for.

Philodendron ‘Black Cardinal’

This rare variety is valued for the different colors of its leaves. The new leaves are reddish brown, maturing to a dark olive green and eventually black. It can grow up to 1m tall and 50cm wide under the right conditions. Keep the plant clean by removing old leaves. It is sensitive to frost and should be kept indoors in winter.

Philodendron Peru

This plant is already causing confusion. Some call it a Monstera due to its botanical name (Monstera karstenianum), but the plant is actually classified as a philodendron and its real name is Philodendron Karstenianum. Aside from that, what can be said about this unusual strain is that it has thick, crumpled leaves resembling a Peperomia and is a slow growing trailing plant, stretching no more than 2m indoors. As an epiphyte, it requires less light and water than other philodendron varieties, and its upward habit gives it the opportunity to display it on a trellis or moss stake.

Philodendron Birkin

Variegated leaves always stand out, and that goes for Philodendron Birkin. The large dark green leaves with white veins have an almost hand-painted appearance and the new leaves sometimes start out white before unfurling. Also a rare variety that can tolerate low light for short periods but is best exhibited where there is bright, indirect light, near a north or east facing window.

Philodendron Silver Sword

This is another cultivar with bluish-silver, lance-like leaves that mature to a deeper green color and take on an arrowhead shape. Because of their pendulous growth habit, consider growing them in a hanging basket to show off the dramatic foliage. Under the right conditions, it can develop a spread of 1 m. It can hold more water than other philodendrons, but still needs plenty of indirect bright light. He doesn’t mind being trimmed to keep his shape.

Philodendron Shangri-la

You will recognize this strain, but the beauty of this strain is its very compact nature with smaller lobed leaves and a dense, bushy shape. The lush, glossy green leaves make it an attractive plant for the home office, house, and patio. Unlike its large father, it does not climb and maintains its compact form, growing 60 to 90 cm in height and width.

Caring for philodendrons

  • These tropical plants like a warm, moderately humid space like a living room, kitchen, or bathroom.
  • As houseplants, they do best with bright indirect light. Leaves that develop an overall yellowish hue may be receiving too much light. Long, drooping and dull leaves mean too little light.
  • Water when the top layer of soil is dry. Fertilize with liquid fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
  • Spraying the leaves increases humidity and encourages larger leaves.
  • To keep the leaves looking good, wipe them regularly with a damp cloth.
  • If they are infested with aphids, mealybugs, scale insects or spider mites, treat them with an organic insecticide. Insect infestation can be a sign of a stressed plant that needs repotting or better ventilation. Check the watering and possibly move it to another location.

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