Philodendron melanochrysum is part of the Araceae family and its native range is Colombia. This plant has a climbing habit, the velvety leaves have a cordate base with a narrow sinus and taper to a point. It has been in cultivation since 1886 when it was named Philodendron andreanum (it was first discovered by M. Andre). It received a First Class Certificate the same year at the RHS show in Liverpool under the name Philodendron grandidens.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘philo’ meaning loving and ‘dendro’ meaning tree.The specific epithet comes from the Greek ‘melano’ meaning black and ‘chrysum’ meaning golden.
Pot: ø 9cm.
Height: Approximately 15cm from base of pot.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Recommendations for growing the longest most saturated leaves suggest that no more than 600fc at midday.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: Philodendron melanochrysum prefer humidity greater than 60%. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Philodendron are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.