Philodendron Splendid

Philodendron Splendid: Care and Growing Tips for a Thriving Plant

If you are looking for a splendid plant, then look no further than this rare hybrid – the Philodendron Splendid,  a name which suits it!  This lush tropical philodendron has been catching the attention of plant enthusiasts for its stunning foliage and unique charm.

This amazing plant features the characteristic heart-shaped leaves with veins that run from the midrib to arch out to the edges, giving it an extraordinary appearance.

Originating from Ecuador’s rainforests, Philodendron Splendid is part of the Araceae family and boasts loads of tropical charisma.

Upon researching this variety, I discovered that the Splendid is actually a hybrid between Philodendron verrucosum and Philodendron melanochrysum. It has the velvety texture of the Melanochrysum, and the red leaf undersides and prominent veins of the Verrucosum.

Interestingly, this tropical plant is hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10 to 11 but is most often grown as a houseplant.

Caring for a Philodendron Splendid can be relatively simple, especially if you know a few essential care tips. Some aspects to consider include providing a good potting mix, suitable lighting conditions, and proper watering techniques.

With a little effort, this beautiful plant can thrive and become a fantastic addition to any indoor garden.

Philodendron Splendid Overview

Philodendron SplendidAs an avid plant enthusiast, I recently stumbled upon the Philodendron Splendid at a plant meet. The Philodendron Splendid boasts beautiful leaves with contrasting veins, giving it a captivating appearance that has made it a sought-after addition to many plant collections.

The plant is a member of the Araceae family, which includes other popular houseplants such as the Monstera and the Pothos. Like its relatives, the Philodendron Splendid has a climbing growth habit, which means that it will attach itself to a moss pole or other support structures and grow upwards.

This climbing nature allows the plant’s large, heart-shaped leaves to reach up to 2 feet in length and 1 foot in width with ideal growing conditions. Its

I absolutely love the origin story of the Philodendron Splendid! This unique hybrid brings together the best qualities of its parent plants, which are native to the lush rainforests of Ecuador, right along the equator. Isn’t that amazing?

When you look at a Philodendron Splendid, you can see the beautiful blend of traits inherited from its parent plants, the Philodendron Verrucosum and Philodendron Melanochrysum. It’s like a work of art!

The velvety texture of its leaves is a nod to its Melanochrysum parent, giving it a soft and luxurious feel. And those vibrant red leaf undersides and prominent veins? They come from its Verrucosum parent, adding a striking touch of color and detail.

It’s truly fascinating how these two plants come together to create the Philodendron Splendid. It’s a testament to the wonders of nature and the endless possibilities of plant hybridization.

With each leaf, you can admire the unique combination of traits that make this plant so visually stunning and captivating.

Appearance and Characteristics

Foliage

When I first saw the Philodendron Splendid, I was captivated by its beautiful foliage. It has heart-shaped leaves that can reach up to 2 feet in length and 1 foot in width on a mature plant.

The foliage is certainly a unique and charming aspect of this plant. Generally, the leaf growth of the Splendid is considered moderate to fast compared to some other houseplants.

Stem and Height

Another interesting feature of the Philodendron Splendid is its climbing growth habit. It attaches itself to a moss pole or other support structure and grows upward, giving my indoor garden a unique vertical element. I love watching the plant as it climbs along the support structure, showcasing its exquisite leaves.

Velvety Leaf Texture

This velvety texture is one of the plant’s distinctive features and adds to its overall appeal. When you touch the leaves of a Philodendron Splendid, you’ll feel a soft and luxurious sensation due to their velvety surface.

A mature plant might grow to have more of a leathery texture overtime enhancing the visual interest of the plant, creating a unique and tactile experience. It adds a layer of richness and depth to its appearance, making it even more captivating.

Dark Green and Yellow Veins

The striking contrast between the dark green leaves and the yellow veins really sets the Philodendron Splendid apart for me.

As the veins extend from the midrib to the edges of the leaves, they create a fascinating pattern that catches the eye, making this plant a true showstopper in my indoor garden.

Habitat and Natural Range

As a proud owner of a Philodendron Splendid, I can attest that these beautiful plants originate from the lush rainforests of Central and South America. This tropical plant, like many aroids, is adapted to thrive in the humid and nutrient-rich environments found within these forests.

In the wild, I’ve learned that Philodendron Splendid typically grows as a climbing or trailing plant, attaching itself to larger trees and other supportive structures.

This vining habit allows them to reach the brighter sunlight in the upper reaches of the forest canopy, while also benefiting from the moisture and nutrients found at the base of larger trees.

If you’re looking to recreate a more natural habitat for your plant, it’s essential to understand its preference for high humidity and consistent warmth.

That means, as a caring plant owner, I make sure to keep my plant in a well-drained, nutrient-rich soil and provide adequate indirect sunlight for 6-8 hours daily. This will help mimic the filtered, dappled light that they would naturally receive in a rainforest environment.

As I have found through my experience, maintaining a temperature between 55°F to 80°F will keep your plant healthy and happy, as this simulates the warmth found in tropical rainforests.

Additionally, ensuring a humidity level around 60% will help your plant thrive, as this imitates the moisture-rich environment they are naturally accustomed to.

By understanding and mimicking its tropical origins, you can create an environment that allows your plant to flourish, showcasing its stunning foliage and captivating beauty.

Mature Plants vs Juvenile Plants

philodendron splendid careThe appearance of a mature Philodendron Splendid plant can differ from its juvenile stage.

Juvenile Philodendron Splendid plants typically have smaller, heart-shaped leaves with a glossy texture. As the plant matures, the leaves may elongate and develop more prominent lobes or deep splits, depending on the specific cultivar.

In the juvenile stage, the leaves of Philodendron Splendid are often a vibrant green color. However, as the plant matures, the foliage may transition to darker shades of green or develop variegation patterns, such as splashes of cream, white, or yellow on the leaves.

Juvenile leaves tend to have a smooth, glossy texture, while mature leaves may develop a slightly thicker texture and leathery leaves.

Juvenile plants of Philodendron Splendid typically have a more compact growth habit with a bushy appearance. As the plant matures, it may start to exhibit a climbing or vining growth habit, with aerial roots forming along the stem to help it attach and climb surfaces.

Juvenile plants are smaller in size, often reaching a few inches in height. As the Philodendron Splendid matures, it can grow much larger, with vine-like stems that can extend several feet in length.

The mature size can vary depending on the specific growing conditions and care provided.

Regular observation of your plant’s growth and development will help you better understand its unique characteristics as it progresses from a juvenile to a mature stage.

Plant Care

Light Requirements

In my experience, Philodendron Splendid thrives best in bright, indirect light. Direct light can scorch their beautiful velvety leaves, so I place my plant near an east-facing window where it can enjoy soft, dappled light throughout the day.

While they can tolerate lower light levels, I’ve noticed it helps to use grow lights, especially during the darker months, to maintain their vibrant foliage.

Watering and Humidity

The Philodendron Splendid requires consistently moist soil, but I avoid over-watering as it can cause root rot. To keep the soil moist, I usually follow a watering schedule, checking the top layer of the soil every few days – if it’s dry, it’s time to water.

When I notice yellow veins, it might be an indication of under-watering. During the warmer summer months you may need to water a bit more often. Room temperature fresh water is best for these plants.

Humidity is also vital for the well-being of this plant. I strive to maintain a humidity level above 60%, which I do by placing the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water to increase ambient humidity.

Additionally, I occasionally mist the leaves with water to mimic their natural environment but I will dry them a bit so no fungus grows or leaf spots.

Temperature

My Philodendron Splendid thrives in warm temperatures; ideally, it should be kept in an environment where the temperature ranges between 65°F and 80°F. I ensure that it’s not exposed to drafts or sudden temperature changes, as this can stress the plant and damage its delicate leaves.

These plants are not happy in cold temperatures so be sure to keep them in a warm environment year round.

Soil and Potting

When it comes to the growing medium, I have had the most success with a well-draining potting soil mix that retains moisture but doesn’t become soggy. In my mixture, I combine equal parts peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark for aeration and support. This organic matter blend mimics the Philodendron Splendid’s natural habitat.

My Philodendron Splendid is a climber, so I provide it with a steady moss pole for support as it grows upwards. I also opt for a pot with drainage holes to avoid waterlogging the plant roots.

When repotting becomes necessary, usually every couple of years, I carefully transfer the plant into a slightly larger pot to accommodate its growing root system.

Fertilizer

For the Philodendron ‘Splendid’ and other Philodendron varieties, a balanced, water-soluble nitrogen-rich fertilizer formulated specifically for houseplants is generally suitable. Look for a fertilizer with a balanced NPK ratio, such as 20-20-20 or 10-10-10.

Here are a few tips for fertilizing your Philodendron Splendid:

  1. Dilute the fertilizer: Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging and dilute the fertilizer to half or quarter strength. Overfertilizing can lead to nutrient burn and damage the plant.
  2. Frequency of application: During the growing season, which is typically spring and summer, you can fertilize your Philodendron ‘Splendid’ every two to four weeks. In fall and winter, when growth slows down, you can reduce or stop fertilization.
  3. Application method: Water the plant thoroughly before applying fertilizer. Then, apply the diluted fertilizer solution to moist soil, taking care to avoid direct contact with the leaves. This helps prevent any potential leaf burn from the fertilizer.
  4. Consider organic options: If you prefer organic fertilizers, there are organic alternatives available, such as seaweed-based or fish emulsion fertilizers. Just make sure to follow the instructions for application and dilution rates.

Remember, it’s important to observe your Philodendron ‘Splendid’ and adjust the fertilization regimen based on its specific needs.

If the plant shows signs of nutrient deficiencies or excessive fertilization, you may need to make adjustments to the fertilizer type, strength, or frequency.

Growth and Maintenance

philodendron splendid As a proud owner of a Philodendron Splendid, also known as Philodendron verrucosum x melanochrysum or Philodendron melanochrysum x verrucosum, I find it easy to grow and maintain this eye-catching plant.

Propagation

In my experience, propagation is best done through stem cuttings with at least one leaf node and a few healthy roots. I generally follow these steps:

  1. I carefully cut a segment from the plant parent, making a clean cut below a node.
  2. Optional: To remove excess moisture and minimize rot, I allow the cutting to callous for a day.
  3. I choose a suitable medium for rooting. My go-to choice is a mixture of perlite and sphagnum peat moss in equal parts. I’ve heard good things about soilless mixes, too.
  4. I plant the cutting, ensuring it’s not too deep. It helps to provide a moss pole support, as the plant is a climber from the Araceae family.
  5. I then maintain a high humidity environment and keep a watchful eye on my cutting until it establishes itself.

Repotting

I recommend repotting the Splendid Philodendron every 2 years or when its roots circle the edges of the pot. Here are some tips I follow for repotting:

  1. I wait until the active growing season, usually in spring or summer. This allows the plant to adjust to its new environment more easily.
  2. When choosing a new pot, I go for one that’s just 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the previous one. This prevents the plant from drowning in too much soil.
  3. I select a well-draining soil mix, consisting of a combination of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark. Place a layer of fresh potting soil at the bottom of the new pot. This helps create a healthy growing medium for your plant.
  4. I tilt the pot on its side and gently coax the root mass out, ensuring not to damage the roots. With my new pot at the ready, I place the plant inside, add the soil mix around the root ball, and water it thoroughly to help it settle.
  5. Take a moment to examine the roots. If they appear tangled or circling the root ball, you can gently separate them or make small cuts to encourage outward growth. This prevents the roots from becoming root-bound in the new pot.
  6. Position your plant in the center of the new pot, ensuring it sits at the same depth as before. Add more potting soil around the sides, gently pressing it down for support.
  7. After repotting, water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil and hydrate the roots. Allow any excess water to drain away.
  8.  Find a suitable spot for your freshly repotted Philodendron Splendid, providing it with appropriate lighting. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. Keep an eye on soil moisture levels and water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry.Watch your plant for signs of stress as repotting can be a bit jarring, so it’s best to avoid any additional disturbances like pruning or fertilizing right after repotting.Give your Philodendron Splendid some time to adjust to its new surroundings before resuming regular c

Pruning

Philodendron Splendid doesn’t require constant pruning, but I’ve noticed that a little trim every now and then helps to encourage bushier growth and maintain its shape. I carefully snip away any yellow, damaged, or dead leaves, taking care to make clean cuts at the base of the petiole.

Additionally, I remove any errant growth to help the plant focus its energy on the established stems and leaves. Regularly cleaning the leaves and providing adequate support to its climbing habit goes a long way in maintaining its health and appearance. It’s just that simple!

Common Issues and Solutions

As a plant enthusiast, I’ve come across a few common issues with Philodendron Splendid, and I’m here to share my experience and tips on how to tackle these problems.

In this section, I will discuss Pests and Diseases, Overwatering and Root Rot, Yellowing Leaves, and leaf discoloration.

Pests and Diseases

Philodendron Splendid can face a variety of pests, such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. To prevent these infestations, I regularly inspect my plant and wipe the leaves clean to remove any potential pests.

If an infestation does occur, I treat it with a mixture of water and mild dish soap or use a natural insecticidal soap. Just wipe the plant leaves and infected area with a cotton ball soaked in the soap- then rinse off. For more severe cases, I might resort to a systemic insecticide.

Overwatering and Root Rot

One of the most common issues I’ve experienced with my Philodendron Splendid is overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

To avoid this, I usually:

  • Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between watering
  • Use a well-draining soil mix to prevent water from pooling around the roots
  • Ensure the pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to escape

If my plant is affected by root rot, I immediately remove it from the pot, trim away the rotted roots, and repot it into fresh soil. To prevent future occurrences, I also try to adjust my watering schedule and habits accordingly.

Yellowing Leaves

Sometimes, my Philodendron Splendid may exhibit yellowing leaves. This could be due to a few different factors:

  • Overwatering: As mentioned previously, overwatering can be harmful. If the yellowing leaves are accompanied by wilting or soft, mushy stems, this might be the cause. Adjusting the watering schedule and ensuring proper drainage can help prevent this issue.
  • Underwatering: If the leaves are yellow and crispy, it might be a sign that my plant needs more water. I make sure to water it more frequently and check the soil moisture regularly.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies: Another reason for yellow leaves could be a lack of nutrients in the soil. In this case, I supplement my plant with an appropriate liquid fertilizer to address the deficiency.

Through trial and error, I’ve learned how to identify the cause of yellowing leaves in my Philodendron Splendid and adjust my plant care routine to address the issue effectively.

Toxicity and Safety

As a proud owner of a Philodendron Splendid, I know firsthand that it’s essential to be aware of its potential toxicity. All Philodendron species are known to have some level of toxicity, and the Splendid is no exception.

These plants contain calcium oxalate crystals. When ingested, these crystals can cause symptoms such as oral irritation, intense burning, and swelling of the lips, mouth, and throat.

More severe cases may result in difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, and even vomiting. So, to maintain safety around these beautiful plants, make sure to keep them out of reach of children and pets who may be curious enough to try a taste.

The sap within the Philodendron Splendid’s leaves and stem can also cause skin irritation in some cases. To avoid any unpleasant reactions, I always make sure to wear gloves when handling my plant, especially when pruning or repotting.

Where to Buy and Price

When I was on the hunt for a Philodendron Splendid, I found that it can be somewhat of a rare and unusual hybrid. However, don’t let that discourage you! After some research, I discovered a few reliable places to purchase one.

Etsy is a great starting point for finding this beautiful plant. I came across a few sellers who offer Philodendron Splendid in various sizes and prices.

It’s important to note that the plant’s growth will reach four to six feet tall and will require a moss pole or other support.

While the Philodendron Splendid may not be the easiest plant to find, with some persistence and a bit of searching, I believe anyone can locate a beautiful specimen for their collection.

As long as you’re prepared to invest in this unique hybrid, you’ll be able to appreciate its stunning cream-colored veins and velvety leaves!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I care for a Philodendron Splendid?

A: Caring for a Philodendron Splendid involves providing adequate lighting, maintaining the right temperature and humidity, ensuring proper watering schedule, and using well-draining soil. I also make sure to check for any signs of pests or diseases and address them promptly.

Q: Is the Splendid variety easy to grow?

A: Yes, for the most part, the Splendid variety is easy to grow. As with other philodendron varieties, it adapts well to various indoor conditions. With proper care, I find that my Philodendron Splendid thrives and grows quite well.

Q: What is the proper lighting for a Philodendron Splendid?

A: The Philodendron Splendid prefers bright, indirect light. I avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves.

However, I make sure it gets enough light to promote healthy growth. If I find that it’s not getting enough sunlight, I might supplement it with artificial light from a fluorescent or LED lamp.

Q: How often should I water my Splendid plant?

A: I water my Philodendron Splendid when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. This usually means watering it about once a week or every ten days, depending on the season and humidity levels. It’s essential not to overwater the plant, as this might cause root rot.

Q: What’s the ideal temperature for this plant?

A: The ideal temperature range for a Philodendron Splendid is between 65-80°F (18-27°C). I try to maintain this temperature range in my living space to ensure my plant remains happy and healthy.

This plant can tolerate slightly cooler or warmer temperatures for short periods but may struggle if exposed to extreme conditions.

Q: What is the growth rate of a Splendid Philodendron?

A: While not the fastest-growing philodendron variety, the Splendid Philodendron still grows at a moderate pace. With proper care, I notice that my plant puts out new leaves regularly during the growing season. Its ultimate size may vary depending on factors like lighting, watering, and overall care.

Q: What are some similar Plants to the Philodendron Splendid?

A: here are some similar plants that share characteristics with it:

  • Philodendron ‘Moonlight‘: This cultivar features vibrant, lime green leaves that gradually transition to a more golden hue as they mature.
  • Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange‘: This cultivar has new leaves that emerge in a bright orange color, which later mature to a deep green with hints of orange.
  • Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’: This cultivar showcases pale, ghostly green leaves that can appear almost white. It is known for its striking variegation.
  • Philodendron ‘Red Emerald’: This cultivar displays deep green leaves with reddish undertones, adding a touch of warmth to its appearance.
  • Philodendron ‘Burle Marx’: This cultivar features elongated, lance-shaped leaves with unique patterns of dark green and silver.
  • Philodendron ‘Xanadu’: Although not a climbing Philodendron like the others, ‘Xanadu’ has a similar growth habit to the Splendid Philodendron, with deeply lobed, glossy leaves. It is a more compact and bushy variety.

These are just a few examples of Philodendron cultivars that share some visual characteristics with the Splendid Philodendron. Each cultivar has its own unique features and growth habits, so you can explore them to find one that appeals to your taste.

Q: Why am I getting brown leaves on my Philodendron Splendid?

A: Brown leaves on a Philodendron Splendid can indicate various issues that may need attention. Here are some common causes of brown leaves on Philodendrons:

One of the most common causes of brown leaves is overwatering. Philodendrons prefer slightly moist soil but can be sensitive to excessive water. Ensure that you’re allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Make sure the pot has proper drainage to prevent waterlogged soil.

On the other hand, underwatering can also lead to brown leaves. If the soil becomes extremely dry, the plant may not receive enough water, causing the leaves to turn brown. Check the moisture level of the soil regularly and water when needed.

Philodendrons appreciate moderate to high humidity levels. If the air in your home is too dry, the plant may develop brown leaf tips or edges. Increase humidity by misting the leaves, placing the plant on a tray of water and pebbles, or using a humidifier.

Philodendrons prefer bright, indirect light. If your Splendid Philodendron is exposed to direct sunlight, it can result in sunburn, causing brown patches on the leaves. Move the plant to a spot with filtered or indirect light.

Lack of essential nutrients can cause brown leaf tips or edges. Ensure you’re fertilizing your plant with a balanced houseplant fertilizer according to the recommended dosage. Be careful not to overfertilize, as this can also lead to leaf burn.

Check your plant for any signs of pests like spider mites or mealybugs, which can cause damage and brown discoloration. Treat the plant with an appropriate insecticide if necessary. Additionally, certain diseases or fungal infections can lead to browning of leaves. Trim affected parts and ensure good airflow around the plant.

It’s normal for older leaves at the bottom of the plant to turn brown and die off as new growth emerges from the top. This is a natural part of the plant’s life cycle, and occasional brown leaves in this case are nothing to worry about.

Final Thoughts

The Philodendron Splendid is a wonderful addition to your home, adding a touch of natural beauty and vibrancy to your space.

Take the time to appreciate the stunning foliage of your Philodendron Splendid. Its lush green leaves, and any variegation it develops, will truly captivate you. It’s like having a piece of nature right in your living room!

One of the great things about this tropical houseplant is its adaptability. It can thrive in various light conditions, whether you have a bright spot or a slightly shadier corner. Find the perfect place for your Philodendron where it receives just the right amount of light, and watch it flourish.

When it comes to watering, find a balance. Philodendron Splendid prefers slightly moist soil, so check the moisture level regularly. Water it when the top inch feels slightly dry. Remember, it’s better to underwater than to overwater, as too much water can lead to issues.

Creating a humid environment will make your Philodendron even happier. If your home tends to be dry, mist the leaves occasionally or place a tray of water and pebbles near the plant. Providing ample humidity will contribute to its overall well-being.

Keep an eye on your plant’s leaves and trim any yellowing or damaged ones. Regular pruning not only keeps your Philodendron looking neat but also promotes its overall health. You can guide its growth by gently directing its vines or providing support structures as needed.

Don’t forget to share the joy of owning a P. Splendid! Whether it’s through sharing photos, chatting with fellow plant enthusiasts, or even propagating and gifting cuttings, let others appreciate the beauty of this amazing plant.

Remember, your Philodendron Splendid is more than just a houseplant; it can be a living companion that brings a sense of calm and happiness to your life. Enjoy the journey of caring for your plant, and don’t hesitate to seek guidance or share your experiences along the way.

Happy growing!

 

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