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