Rhaphidophora hayi

Rhaphidophora hayi

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Rhaphidophora hayi is part of the Araceae family and its native range is Papuasia to N. Queensland. It is hemiepiphytic and shingles the bark of host trees. Leaves are broadly to narrowly ovate-elliptic, with a velvety appearance and a cordate base. They can reach up to 20cm. 

Genus name comes from the Greek ‘rhaphido’ meaning needle and ‘pherô’ meaning I bear; this refers to the macroscopic needle-like unicellular trichosclereids present in tissues - the purpose of which is to protect the plant from herbivores.

The plant number you choose is the plant you will receive.

Pot: ø 15cm.

Height: From base of pot to top of climbing board 50cm.

Foliage: Approximately 25cm

Plants with Sphagnum Moss, mounted on a climbing board made from American White Oak.

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. 

Water: Allow the first 2 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes. Remember to mist the moss board. 

Potting mix: A chunky, well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.

It is also possible to grow Rhaphidophora hayi without potting mix by mounting a cutting onto a moss board, you would water by dunking the board when the moss begins to dry out.

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: 18-26˚C

Humidity: 70% and above with good air circulation. 

Rhaphidophora hayi is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.