FEATURES This unique species has beautiful green, heart shaped leaves, but the red petioles with a bumpy texture are the stars of the show. New foliage opens up a bronzish pink and then matures to green. The growth habit of this species is similar to Philodendron gloriosum in that it spreads horizontally. Other common names include 'Fuzzy Petiole'.
Adaptable As Houseplant Foliage Interest Harmful To: Pets Vine: Vine
CHARACTERISTICS Plant Type: Houseplant
Height Category: Tall
Height: 18 - 36 Inches
Foliage Colors: Green
Foliage Shade: Green foliage with red petioles
Container Role: Filler
PLANT NEEDS Light Requirement: Low to medium
Maintenance Category: Moderate Preferred Temperature: 60 - 85°F Water Category: Average Humidity Preference: High Container Soil Type: Indoor Potting Mix Needs Good Drainage Uses: Humid Spaces and Low Light Spaces Uses Notes: Not for human or animal consumption.
Maintenance Notes: For optimal performance, keep at 60-8°F (15-29°C). Protect furniture when watering. Feed once per month at half strength when plant is actively growing.
Bright filtered light, immitating what this plant receives in nature, is best. But early morning or late afternoon sun is beneficial when growing indoors. Sunny windows are particularly beneficial in the wintertime if you live in an area with shorter, dark days in the winter time.
Do not place this plant in low light far from a window, otherwise you may lose variegation.
Like any aroid, this plant prefers chunky potting mixes that provide plenty of air circulation to the root system. Amending your all-purpose potting mix with perlite and orchid bark is one way to accomplish this. Water when the top 1-2 inches of potting mix feels dry. They don't want to be wet all the time, nor do they want to dry out completely.
These plants prefer high humidity and may be prone to spider mites if grow in low humidity.
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