Philodendron verrucosum is a hemiepiphytic Aroid with setose (bristled) petioles. They inhabit rainforests of Central and South America. They're a climbing Philodendron with large heartshaped leaves that are almost iridescent. These plants require a little more care than other Philodendrons -they need fertilising more often and would love the support of a sphagnum moss pole.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot
Ceramic pot not included.
How do you care for Philodendron verrucosum?
Care for Philodendron verrucosum by keeping it in warm conditions of between 20°C and above. If you keep this plant in temperatures 27°C+ combined with high humidity, you are likely to see dramatic growth spurts. This plant grows best when placed in bright indirect light; filtered sun is best. High humidity of +50% is ideal for this plant.
Water until some water trickles out the bottom of the pot and aim to keep its potting mix damp: not completely wet, not completely dry. Potting mix should be rich and airy organic mix; coir, orchid bark, perlite and a natural fertiliser (worm castings). Feed with fertiliser every other watering during the growing period. Beware of heavy salts in cheaper fertilisers, dilute synthetic fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Are Monstera and Philodendron the same?
Whilst Monstera and Philodendron are part of the larger Araceae family, they are not the same plant. Some Monsteras are given the common name of ‘split leaf Philodendron’ which can lead to confusion between the two plants. Whilst there is a physical resemblance between both of them, they have different genetic makeup and therefore cannot cross-pollinate with another.
Does Philodendron verrucosum grow fast?
Philodendron verrucous' growth rate varies greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other environmental factors. You can ensure optimal growth of this plant by providing it with a warm and humid environment, similar to its natural habitat of South America.
Does Philodendron verrucosum like to be misted?
Misting Philodendron verrucosum regularly can help the plant to flourish, however maintaining a regular watering schedule and providing it with the correct warmth and humidity is more beneficial to its growth.
Can you grow Philodendron verrucosum from cuttings?
You can grow Philodendron verrucosum from cuttings, you will need sterile scissors and a small pot with potting soil. Take a 3-6 inch long cutting from the plant, make your cut just above another leaf on the stem. Take your cutting and remove all the leaves except the top two or three. You can then place the cutting in pre-watered potting soil in a separate pot, ensuring that the leaves are not buried. Place your cutting in bright, indirect sunlight and keep it well watered for 2-3 weeks until roots have formed. You can then repot the plant in a 3-4 inch pot.