Philodendron Pedatum, also known as Oak Leaf Philodendron, is a tropical climbing plant native to Brazil, Columbia, and Venezuela. It belongs to the Araceae family, and has puzzled botanists ever since it was first described in the 1840s. The plant has been renamed and reclassified several times, but remains popular among collectors due to its unique evergreen foliage and uncommon occurrence.
Watering: Prefers to stay moist without being soggy. Water when top 1-2" 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.
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.
Pet Safe: No
Common Issues: Overwatering leading to root rot and underwatering are the most common issues for maintaining a healthy Philodendron Pedatum. Yellowing/discolored leaves = overwatering, brown/crispy leaves = underwatering. Spider mites and mealy bugs are also common pests.
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