Philodendron Pedatum is a tropical plant with dark green leaves that develop from light green when young. This exotic houseplant thrives in medium sunlight to bright filtered light and requires regular watering. It’s native to many South American countries and can get very large. The size can be kept more compact when growing your plant indoors. You can also control its shape and size by trimming.
Philodendron Pedatum is fairly poisonous, so you shouldn’t consider it for your home if you have animals or childeren.
Let’s look at how to grow and care for a Philodendron Pedatum.
What is a Philodendron Pedatum Anyway?
The Philodendron Pedatum is a beautiful tropical plant that’s part of the Araceae family. It has lobed leaves which look similar to the foliage of an oak tree. These plants can grow very tall and produce long vines, which can grow up other trees. When growing a Philodendron Pedatum in the home, you can place a moss support pole in the pot, which the plant will climb.
The Philodendron Pedatum originates from South America and is most commonly found in the Brazilian rainforests. It produces flowers in the spring and summer months, which are a light green to brown color. Unfortunately, when grown as a house plant, the Pedatum is unlikely to flower.
These plants can grow up to 10 feet tall and a foot wide. They have large leaves that can grow to 14 inches on maturity, glossy texture, and dark green color. These plants can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, or outdoors in USDA zones 9 to 11. They are popular houseplants as they help with air purification.
Philodendron Pedatum is a poisonous houseplant, so take care when handling it. The sap can irritate eyes, skin, and mucous membranes if mishandled. Handling should be limited to short durations. These plants also cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested by humans or animals and should be kept out of reach of young children and pets.
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How to Care for a Philodendron Pedatum
Maintaining your Philodendron Pedatum is easy with proper care. This exotic houseplant is excellent for beginners and people unfamiliar with caring for plants since it is a forgiving plant. Here are some tips to help you grow a thriving Philodendron Pedatum.
Water about once a week, if possible, using rainwater that has not been treated chemically with chlorine or fluoride. Let the top inch of soil dry out before watering again. In warmer climates, this plant will need more frequent watering as it is found in its natural habitat growing on trees that receive daily rainfall and mist showers.
Place your plant in bright indirect sunlight, but not in the full sun, as the UV rays can scorch the leaves if over-exposed. Ensure that your Philodendron receives at least 3 hours of light each day, preferably filtered sunlight or under fluorescent lights. If the leaves are growing more horizontally than vertically, it may be due to insufficient lighting.
If scaling, spider mites, or mealybugs are found on your plant, treat immediately with neem oil, insecticidal soap, or horticulture oil.
The Philodendron Pedatum requires fertilizer monthly during periods of active growth. You can use a water-soluble fertilizer for indoor houseplants at a more diluted ratio. If using slow-release fertilizers, apply at the beginning of the growing season.
Philodendrons like to be planted in soil that’s neutral to acidic and has a pH range between 5.0 and 7.0. Use soil that’s loose and well-draining but contains enough nutrients. You can mix some perlite and peat moss into a standard house plant soil or use a pre-mix that’s been specifically formulated for tropical plants.
A temperature range of between 60- and 85-degrees Fahrenheit is suitable for the Philodendron Pedatum. Keep these plants away from drafts, radiators, vents and any appliance that emits heat.
This exotic plant prefers humidity levels of 50% or higher. If growing under artificial conditions like an office where the air is very dry, you can use a room humidifier to increase indoor humidity. You can also group several tropical plants together or place your plant in the bathroom or kitchen.
If the plant becomes too tall for your space, you can easily trim off the top third to maintain a compact size. In most cases, Philodendrons will readily bounce back from being trimmed.
The Philodendron Pedatum is a lovely tropical plant that thrives in the average home environment. Place your plant in bright indirect sunlight, water regularly, and fertilize once a month. Avoid overwatering, which causes weak stems and yellowing leaves due to root rot.
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