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Philodendron Warscewiczii Care

Philodendron Warscewiczii Care & Maturity

August 18, 2022

Native to Central America, these Philodendrons were discovered in nature growing over rocks in tropical forests. This species’ leaves grow in from its trunk as thin, blade-like stems with feathery leaves on top. If you are lucky enough to catch a Philodendron Warszewiczii (pronounced var-she-VICH-e-eye) in bloom, the flowers are a stunning white! Ever since discovery in 1855, the Philodendron Warszewiczii has been a well-enjoyed tropical plant that can still be difficult to come by and is swiftly becoming a popular addition to rare plant collections.

The famed Philodendron Warscewiczii ‘Aurea’ is highly sought after for it’s bright neon leaves that spread like a starburst. This is an avid climber, but the thick stem of this philodendron will support its foliage up to 3 – 4ft. before requiring a moss pole.

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 and can even tolerate direct, morning sun.
Humidity Needs: 50-70% is ideal. You can boost your Colorado dry air with pebble trays nearby and/or clustering with other humidity lovers. 
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. 
Regularly apply a well-balanced fertilizer every 1-2 weeks during spring/summer months.
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. Yellowing/discolored leaves = overwatering, brown/crispy leaves = underwatering. Spider mites and mealy bugs are also common pests.

Mature Philodendron Warscewiczii

*Aurea leaves mature into the same highly fenestrated shape, but do not darken in color.

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