This plant is an easy-going, rare plant species with simple care requirements making it a great addition to beginner rare collections. Philodendron White Knight belongs to the Philodendron genus, a part of the Araceae family. The Philodendron genus is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and consists of about 500 species. The White Knight is a cultivar of the Philodendron domesticum species, native to Puerto Rico. It was first introduced to the United States in 1948 by H. Lincoln Foster, an American plant explorer, and collector.
Watering: Water when top 2-3" of soil is dry until water drains from bottom of pot. Do not leave sitting in drainage. Will tolerate drying out far more than overwatering.
Light Requirements: Filtered 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 and/or orchid bark is ideal.
Fertilizing: Apply a well-balanced fertilizer every 1-2x 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.
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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