Philodendron Hederaceum aka Philodendron ‘Micans’ or Velvet Philodendron
Philodendron Micans Quick Overview
|Full Size||8-10 feet plus|
The typical size of Philodendron Micans when kept indoors with the correct care is approximately 3-6 metres. The leaves of a Philodendron Micans will grow to 3 inches in width and 4 inches in length.
Your Philodendron Micans will grow best when positioned in a spot with bright indirect light, avoiding direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves. A sign that your Philodendron Micans is not getting enough light is the plant becoming long and leggy with small leaves. This can be resolved by placing your plant in a spot that better suits its light requirements. The leaves of a Philodendron Micans will start curling and going brown if its 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. Misting the leaves during summer will assist in keeping your Philodendron Micans happy and healthy. For tips on how to increase humidity levels click here.
You should water your Philodendron Micans when the top few inches of potting soil is dry. When watering your Philodendron Micans be sure to water thoroughly allowing the water to drain completely. Never allow your plant to sit in water as this can lead to root rot. Aside from solely relying on the watering frequency to tell when your plant is thirsty, a tell tale sign that your Philodendron Micans needs water is drooping leaves. A sign that you are over-watering your Philodendron Micans is yellowing leaves. Under-watering of the plant will cause the leaves to go brown and fall off.
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 Philodendron Micans aren’t actively growing. This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. A sign that your Philodendron Micans isn’t receiving enough plant food is slow growth and smaller growth.
Philodendron Micans require a rich, moist, well draining soil. When repotting Philodendron Micans, 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 Philodendron Micans 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.