Philodendron Hederaceum aka Philodendron ‘Micans’ or Velvet Philodendron
Philodendron Micans is one of the many plants in the Araceae family. It has beautiful heart shaped leaves that feel velvety to touch. The foliage of a Philodendron Micans is a darker green colour with a purple finish but can change with different lighting conditions. You can choose to have this plant in a hanging planter or you can train it to climb up a trellis.
Philodendron Micans Quick Overview
|Full Size||8-10 feet plus|
In the correct living conditions, the Philodendron Micans can be quite a fast grower. You can expect your plant to reach up to 3-6 metres in length. The leaves of a Philodendron Micans can grow up to to 3 inches in width and 4 inches in length.
Don’t worry if your plant outgrows its spot in your home, it can be easily propagated to create new plants.
Philodendron Micans Light Requirements
Philodendron Micans will thrive when positioned in bright indirect lighting. Although these plants can tolerate low light, the leaves will grow smaller and the plant can become long and leggy. It’s best to avoid direct harsh sunlight as this will cause the foliage to burn.
If your Micans is in a spot that receives direct sunlight, a curtain or blind can be added to the window to help defuse the harsh sun. Curling or browning of the leaves can be an indicator that your plant is receiving too much light or not enough water.
Philodendron Micans prefer cooler temperature conditions and will grow best when kept in an area that maintains a temperature of 65-75ºF (18-23˚C). When keeping your plant outside of this temperate bracket for prolonged periods of time you can expect it to develop health issues or seize growing.
Philodendron Micans can tolerate dry conditions so a basic household humidity will be fine. However, providing a higher humidity will encourage your plant to grow bigger and healthier foliage. If you’re wanting to increase the humidity in your home, here are a few things you try to bump up the humidity for your plants:
- Misting your plants leaves
- Pebble trays
You can read more about the ways you can increase humidity in your home here.
Philodendron Micans Watering Requirements
Drooping leaves can be a sign that your plant is thirsty but as a rule of thumb, you should check the top few inches of potting soil with your finger to feel if the soil is moist. If the top layer of the soil is dry, you should give your Philodendron Micans some water. It’s important that you water thoroughly and allow the water to drain completely. Browning leaves that fall off are an indicator that you’re under-watering your Micans.
You should always check your plants before watering to avoid keeping the soil soggy and over-watering as this can lead to root-rot. Yellowing leaves can be a sign that you’ve over-watered your Micans.
In optimal conditions your Philodendron Micans should be fertilized monthly during spring and summer with a fertilizer that is diluted to half the recommended strength. Fertilize sparingly during fall and winter when Micans aren’t actively growing. This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. A sign that your plant isn’t receiving enough plant food is slow growth and smaller growth.
Philodendron Micans require a rich, moist, well draining soil. When repotting your plant, be sure to use a pot that is not too large for the size of your plant. Repot into a pot that is approximately 2-3 inches larger than the pot it was in. A good time to repot your plant is at the end of winter/ the beginning of spring before they start to actively grow again.
Diseases & Pests
The most common pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Philodendron Micans are aphids, spider mites and mealybugs. Look out for root rot if your plant is constantly in soil that stays too wet. For a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests click here.
Philodendron Micans are considered to be toxic if ingested.