Philodendron Gloriosum. Not like others in its family, the Philodendron Gloriosum plant creeps along the ground. The plant thrives well in shade to partial shade, with temperature 45 to 95°F and a native to Colombia.
Philodendron Gloriosum a species of plant in the family Araceae (genus Philodendron). It is a terrestrial plant.
It is a plant that grows on, in, or from the land. The plant is a native to Colombia.
The Philodendron Gloriosum creeps along the ground. It does not climb up support. It has deep green leaves with bright white veins. The veins stand out with clarity.
Philodendron Gloriosum profile
The scientific name and the common name is Philodendron Gloriosum.
The plant grow in USDA hardiness zone 11.
Growth and size
From a leaf spike to a full opening leaf may take about a month or two. It tends to grow slowly. The leaves reveal in an ombré color that darkens in two weeks.
The plant can reach height to 24 to 36 inches tall or 60 to 90 cm. The spacing is 15 to 18 inches or 38 to 45 cm.
The plant is suitable for a house plant or on the patio. You can place the plant as decor in the living room or family room.
It is a tropical plant that is effective at helping clean the air. According to NASA’s study, Philodendron Gloriosum was one of the plants that shown to be very effective in reducing air pollution.
Place one this air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of living space in your home.
Do not let pets and kids chew the leaves since they are toxic. To take advantage of its air purification qualities does naturally.
How to grow Philodendron Gloriosum
The plant is happy to be in an area with bright, and indirect sunlight. You can place the plant near a window but do not ever let the sunlight expose the leaves at all.
If the sunlight exposes the leaves, they will turn to yellow. If you notice the stems are leggy and long, few inches between leaves, this might be a sign of the plant does not receive enough light.
You can place the plant near a window with a sheer curtain. The plant can tolerate light shade, partial to full shade or even full shade.
The best fertilizer for the plant is in well-draining soil that is high in organic matter. They will grow well in 100% sphagnum peat moss.
You can also grow the plant in peat-vermiculite or peat-perlite are also satisfactory. Keep the soil damp, just not soaking wet.
The soil acidity must be between 6.5 to 7.5. Use the soil test kits to make sure the level is correct.
The best and most ideal temperature for a Philodendron Gloriosum outdoors is the lowest at 65°F or 18°C during the day. The highest temperature during the day is 78°F 26°C.
The plant can tolerate outdoors temperature of 60°F or 15°C during the night.
If the Philodendron Gloriosum is grown indoors the temperature should be between 55°F and 90°F during the day.
Night temperatures should be around 65°F to 70°F.
The plant can tolerate home humidity around 40% to 50%. It can also tolerate humidity levels between 60% to 80%.
To take care of the Philodendron Gloriosum plant, the humidity level can be maintained by regular misting. You can also remove dust off.
Mostly the Philodendron Gloriosum plant is grown in a 6″ round pot. The best pot to use is a well-drained terracotta or plastic pot. They have holes at the bottom.
To get the plant to look their best, you will need to fertilize these plants. The soil has to be amended with fertilizers to allow replenish any nutrients that have been lost over the growing months.
The best fertilizer for the Philodendron Gloriosum plant is a balanced liquid fertilizer with 20-20-20 NPK formulation.
It is very essential to dilute them fertilizer by half of the recommended limits. Apply 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water.
Applying too much or too frequently fertilizer can burn the plants. It may also reduce the ability of plant roots to uptake nutrients.
The best time for fertilizing the plant is during the spring months to fall. Do the fertilizing once every month from March to November.
The best way to water the Philodendron Gloriosum is to allow at least the half topsoil to dry out before another watering begin.
You can use a soil test kit to check the moisture level of the soil before watering.
Droopy leaves is the sign that the plant is overwatered or not enough water. Once you fix the watering schedule, the leaves recover very fast.
You can water the Philodendron Gloriosum plant once or twice a week. It is the best time schedule for watering the plant.
These hardy plants grow quickly, which means you might need to prune them periodically. Prune them when the size has outgrown the pot and contain them to fit your space.
Cut off yellow or dead leaves or old leaves. Use sharp and clean pruning shears, scissors or a knife.
Grasp the intended stem firmly and pull it away from the plant. Cut the base of the stem.
If there is only one yellow leaf, cut the stem off just above the joint where a healthy leaf attaches to the plant.
Water the plant right away after pruning to minimize stress to the plant.
The best time to re-pot the Philodendron Gloriosum plant is when it becomes root-bound or needed a larger container. Repotting will stimulate vigorous growth.
Other than that, you can divide or stem cuttings a crowded plant into several smaller plants when re-pot it.
Do not forget to use a pot 2 inches larger than the current pot. Use a well-drained pot.
For better result, you can use potting soil for Orchid.
You can re-pot the plant by propagating the plant.
All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. You have to be careful when handling the plant. It may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.
Be sure to wear protective gloves, long sleeves, and long pants.
How to propagate
The best way to propagate the Philodendron Gloriosum plant is by stem cuttings.
Find a long, healthy stem with at least three large leaves.
Cut the stems above a healthy leaf. you can also cut them at the joint that meets the main crown.
The size of the propagating stem should be between 3 to 6 inches long.
Water the mother plant to minimize stress to the plant.
Prepare a potting soil in a well-drained pot.
Place the 3 to 6 inches of cut stem in potting soil. Stick the cut stem into the soil at least 8 inches deep.
Water until the soil is moist. Do not let the soil to be wet.
Keep the soil moist and relocate the new pot in bright sunlight.
You will see new roots in as fast as two weeks after the planting.
Pest and problems
The Philodendron Gloriosum plant is not prone to pests or insects. The plant might be infested by aphids and mealybugs.
To get rid of the pests, you can spray the plant with Neem oil or insecticidal soap.
You can also use cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe out these pests.
You can avoid having pests by showering the plant with water. Showering with insecticidal soap may also be effective enough to help keep pests away.
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