Philodendron scandens
Philodendron scandens
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Philodendron scandens

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Philodendron scandens (syn. Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardiumis part of the Araceae family, its native range is Mexico to Tropical America. It has a hemi-epiphytic growth habit. Leaves are green to dark-green and cordate in shape, they emerge from cataphylls. If provided with a moss pole for support, the size of leaves is likely to increase. 

Genus name comes from the Greek ‘philo’ meaning loving and ‘dendro’ meaning tree. Specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘scando’, or ‘scandens’ meaning I clamber, I climb, ascend.

Pot: ø 15cm.

Foliage: Approximately 20cm in length

 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. If this plant is receiving lower light levels, there will be larger internodal spacing.

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.

Temperature: 21-27°C.  No lower than 15°C.

Humidity: Philodendron prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. 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.