One variety of philodendron that is increasingly sought after is the Philodendron gloriosum. This vulnerable Colombian native isn't a climbing epiphyte like many species in the genus. Instead, the heartleaf-shaped, velvety foliage with eye-catching white veins has a creeping, ground-crawling habit. Part of the appeal of this plant is its forgiving, low-maintenance nature. It's the perfect tropical houseplant for even the most brown-thumbed plant lover.
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: Medium to bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun to prevent scorching.
Humidity Needs: Moderate to high, over 60% is ideal. Can be boosted with pebble trays and/or clustering with other humidity lovers. Also enjoys a warm environment and is recommended to keep away from drafts and windows during colder months.
Soil Preference: Requires a well-draining soil mix rich in organic matter that allows water retention but helps prevent root rot. A peat-based soil mix with additional perlite and/or orchid bark is ideal.
Fertilizing: Regularly apply a well-balanced fertilizer every 1-2 weeks 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 the perfect time to add support to this large, upright philodendron. A trellis of some kind with assisted attachment can be helpful in ensuring your gloriosum's massive leaves don't droop.
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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