Philodendron Gloriosum Care Tips

Philodendron Gloriosum Care Tips

Mar 17 , 2019

Hands down my favourite plant of all time is the wonderful velvety goddess, the Philodendron gloriosum. I currently own 4 of these beauties, with number 5 due to join the gloriosum fam very soon.


Light: Medium to bright indirect light, although they can withstand a few hours of direct sunlight if acclimated

Water: Being a little more sensitive than your average houseplant, these guys benefit from well draining soil - an aroid mix is best, or a potting mix with added perlite to make sure water runs easily through the soil. Water when the soil feels dry-ish to touch but don't let it dry out entirely

Growing style: These guys are crawlers, meaning the main stem crawls horizontally along the soil, with leaf stems growing vertically from it. Ensure that the bottom stem, or rhizome, is exposed in order to avoid burying new growth under the soil. New leaves tend to grow agonisingly slowly (from the first appearance of a leaf spike to the leaf opening in full, it can take a month or more), and then reveal in a gorgeous ombré tone that darkens over the space of a week

Propagation: Via stem cutting, ensuring you have a node, in water, soil or sphagnum moss

Pests: Prone to spider mites. Whilst seemingly delicate, they can withstand pest treatment quite well, as mine have been sprayed with hardcore miticide for spider mites (which they are susceptible to) and have done perfectly fine


  • 17 Mar 2019 Angela

    is it ok to bury the stem in soil? I read somewhere someone said the stem should sit ontop of the soil to prevent rot?

  • 17 Mar 2019 Kathy

    Can the creeping philodendron survive in just water? I used to have mine in LECA then some roots rotted, put them only in water and there were so many leaves starting to pop up.

    I put it back into LECA and it seems to be ok but the leaves don’t stand to show the heart (they seem to be dropping?). Any thoughts?

  • 17 Mar 2019 Lush Little Jungle

    Hi Lisa,

    I would either put it into water, or into moist sphagnum moss. Either of those can be used to encourage new root growth.

  • 17 Mar 2019 Lisa

    Have unfortunately had root rot in my gloriosum after having to leave plants in the care of someone else while in hospital. The plant is down to 1 leaf and not a lot of roots, in fact very few. I am wondering if, like other philodendron, gloriosum can be put into water to encourage new root growth. I really don’t want to lose it as it wasn’t easy to find. In Australia it’s so very hard to find information or assistance with these plants. Thanks

  • 17 Mar 2019 Han

    Hi Katlin, thanks for sharing the tips! Where did you get the plant from? I’m so in love with it but don’t know where to buy it. If you could share your experience that would be wonderful! Thanks very much!

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