Philodendron sp. 'Fuzzy Petiole' is truly a collector's aroid. It's thought to be a specific form of P. nangaritense, but we're still learning about this plant's place in nomenclature! Native to the rainforests of Ecuador, this aroid has beautiful, slightly velvet, bright green leaves, but it's mainly grown for its odd petioles (the stalk that connects leaf to stem). The petiole is covered in a fine fuzz that becomes more pronounced and vibrantly red on mature specimens.
Watering: Water when top 2-3" of soil is dry until water drains from bottom of pot. Do not leave sitting in drainage.
Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun to prevent scorching.
Humidity Needs: Moderate, over 60%. Can be boosted with pebble trays and/or clustering with other humidity lovers. Lower humidity will likely result in smaller leaves.
Soil Preference: Requires a well-draining soil mix that allows water retention but helps prevent root rot. A peat-based soil mix with additional perlite is ideal.
Fertilizing: Regularly apply a well-balanced fertilizer during spring/summer months.
Repotting: Repot in early spring/summer when soil is too compact or there are exposed roots. Repot a minimum of every 2-3 years to ensure soil nutrients. During a repot is also the perfect time to add support to your climbing philodendron. We recommend a moss pole or trellis to encourage large leaves and rapid growth.
Pet Safe: No
Common Issues: Overwatering leading to root rot and underwatering are the most common issues for maintaining a healthy Philodendron. Yellowing/discolored leaves = overwatering, brown/crispy leaves = underwatering. Spider mites and mealy bugs are also common pests.
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