Philodendron Splendid: A Showstopping Houseplant
The Philodendron ‘Splendid’ is a true standout among houseplants, with its unique coloration and striking foliage. Freshly unfurled leaves have a red hue that deepens to an iridescent emerald green as they mature, with contrasting yellow veins adding to the plant’s visual appeal. This plant is a result of the crossing of Philodendron superstars P. verrucosum and P. melanochrysum, and it is sure to make a statement in any room.
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Intermediate Care Needs for Philodendron Splendid
While the Philodendron ‘Splendid’ is relatively easy to care for, it is best suited for intermediate Aroid growers. This plant is a vining epiphyte that will grow to its full potential when attached to a climbing support. It prefers bright, indirect light and requires a humidity level of 60% or more to thrive. It can thrive in a wide range of temperatures, from 55 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings.
A Unique and Eye-Catching Addition to Your Collection
If you’re looking to add a unique and eye-catching plant to your collection, the Philodendron ‘Splendid’ is an excellent choice. Its beautiful foliage and intermediate care needs make it a standout among houseplants. With the right care, your Philodendron ‘Splendid’ will thrive and bring a touch of tropical beauty to your home for years to come. Don’t hesitate, add a Philodendron ‘Splendid’ to your collection today and enjoy all that this gorgeous plant has to offer.
Planting and Potting
When planting your Philodendron ‘Splendid’, it is best to use a well-draining potting soil mix specifically made for epiphytic plants. You can also add a layer of gravel or perlite to the bottom of the pot to improve drainage. It is important to not plant the Philodendron ‘Splendid’ too deeply, as the base of the stem should be just above the soil line.
When potting or repotting, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one to prevent the soil from staying too moist. The Philodendron ‘Splendid’ can also be grown in a hanging basket or mounted on a stake or trellis to allow for its vining habit. Be sure to provide a sturdy support for the plant as it grows, as the leaves can get quite large and heavy.
Watering and Humidity for Philodendron Splendid
As mentioned, the Philodendron ‘Splendid’ prefers a humidity level of 60% or more. This can be achieved by misting the leaves regularly, using a humidifier, or placing the plant on a humidity tray filled with pebbles and water. It is important to not let the soil dry out completely, but also to not overwater the plant. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings, and be sure to empty any excess water from the drip tray to prevent root rot.
The Philodendron Splendid benefits from regular fertilizing during its growing season, which is typically from spring to fall. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength and apply every two to four weeks. Be sure not to fertilize during the plant’s dormant period, as this can lead to excess foliage growth and reduced flowering.
Pruning and Grooming
The Philodendron Splendid will benefit from regular pruning to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to shape the plant. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to make precise cuts just above a leaf node. Pruning will also encourage the plant to grow new, healthy foliage.
In addition to pruning, the Philodendron ‘Splendid’ can be groomed by wiping the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt. This will not only improve the plant’s appearance, but it will also allow for better light penetration and photosynthesis.
Common Pests and Diseases
Like most houseplants, the Philodendron Splendid is prone to a few common pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. These pests can be controlled by regularly inspecting the plant and using a gentle, chemical-free insecticidal soap or neem oil.
The Philodendron Splendid is also susceptible to root rot if overwatered or grown in poorly draining soil.
Signs of root rot include yellowing leaves, stunted growth, and a foul smell coming from the soil. To prevent root rot, be sure to plant in well-draining soil and avoid overwatering. If root rot does occur, it is important to carefully remove the affected roots and repot the plant in fresh soil.
The Philodendron Splendid is a beautiful and unique houseplant that is sure to make a statement in any room. With its striking foliage and intermediate care needs, it is a great choice for intermediate Aroid growers. Proper care, including providing bright indirect light, maintaining proper humidity levels, fertilizing during the growing season, pruning and grooming regularly, and protecting against pests and diseases, will ensure that your Philodendron ‘Splendid’ thrives and brings a touch of tropical beauty to your home for years to come.
Don’t hesitate, add a Philodendron ‘Splendid’ to your collection today and enjoy all that this gorgeous plant has to offer.