This plant was previously classified as Philodendron.
Thaumatophyllum xanadu is a chamaephyte (a plant whose resting buds are on or near the ground) and can grow up to 1.6m wide and 1m tall. They are native to Southern Brazil and Paraguay. Thaumatophyllum xanadu has subcoriaceous (somewhat leathery) leaves with distinctive lobes, these are a non-climbing Thaumatophyllum.
Pot size: ø 21cm.
Height: Approximately 65cm 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. Too much light would bleach the leaves. Too little light would cause elongation of the stems as they reach for the light.
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: Day time temperature 23-26°C, night time temperature 18-21°C.
Humidity: Thaumatophyllum 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.
Thaumatophyllum are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.