The Philodendron Oxapapense is a rare and interesting variety of Philodendron. With the right care, it’s fast-growing and can get quite bushy. The foliage is triangular shapes and has a lovely light to neon green color. The plant’s stems are tiny, making the leaves seem almost as if they are hovering in mid-air. This creates a hypnotic effect. Let’s look at how to care for and grow for one correctly.
What is Philodendron Oxapapense?
Philodendron Oxapapense grows relatively quickly as long as the conditions are right and the plant is well maintained. You may find that your plant gets quite large and needs a pole to support it and to climb around. These plants are very rare and often hard to source, making them highly prized by tropical plant collectors.
The Philodendron Oxapapense is a rainforest jewel that originates from tropical and subtropical regions of South America. It’s commonly found in Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.
Caring for a Philodendron Oxapapense
Philodendron Oxapapense is relatively easy to care for; however, they do have some specific care requirements. Here are some tips to help you grow a healthy and thriving example:
Philodendron Oxapapense is best grown in medium light. In its native rainforest environment, these plants are understory species, which means they are part of the undergrowth. They can climb up trees but generally live in dappled light rather than direct sunlight. Leaving your plant on a sunny windowsill on a hot day may cause it to wilt. Your Philodendron Oxapapenses foliage can also get sunburnt through the window.
This plant should be planted in soil that’s rich in nutrients and well-draining. You can use a tropical houseplant pre-mix or make your own soil by adding perlite to a standard houseplant soil. It’s also a good idea to add a layer of stones or coconut husks to the bottom of the pot when planting your Philodendron Oxapapense, as this helps with drainage.
Many people make the mistake of overwatering tropical plants; while the Philodendron Oxapapense does love moisture, it shouldn’t be allowed to get waterlogged. Ensure that any excess water drains away, or your plant will suffer from root rot. The Philodendron Oxapapense is pretty drought resistant as it’s a tropical plant that grows in areas that have a wet and dry season. This means that you can water using the ‘soak and dry’ method. Give your plant a good watering, and then leave it until the top two inches of soil have dried out.
Temperature and Humidity
Philodendron Oxapapense prefers areas of high humidity but is also able to acclimatize well and grow in normal humidity. These plants thrive at normal room temperature and can be misted throughout the growing season to improve their health.
Philodendron Oxapapense is a popular tropical house plant that has lovely light green leaves. The plants are easy to care for as they can adapt to being grown as a houseplant. Although these plants naturally grow in areas of high humidity, they seem to be able to cope with a drier environment.
Oxapanpense is one of many beautiful types of philodendron. You may also be interested in philodendron chinchamayense, or if you’re looking for something exotic, check out the red princess philodendron.