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Philodendron Microstictum: PLANT PROFILE

Another EBay auction and another plant added to my collection. I have been showing interest in the not so common heart shaped Philos lately and threw a low bid on a Microstictum cutting. As you can see I got it. So far it’s not much. The root system is good, but a bud is yet to be seen. It will come. But for now it is growing in Coconut Coir in the greenhouse.

PHILODENDRON MICROSTICTUM

This is not at all a rare Philodendron, but it is an uncommon one in most collections. There is also not a lot of information available on the plant. I actually had to go through social media for hints and information. Not that I found much.

This is a no fuss philodendron that thrives on neglect. It begins growing slowly, but once established it will take off and grow rapidly.

It is known for its leathery, smooth, flat leaves and understated beauty.

Origin: Costa Rica

Terrestrial or Epiphytic: its a Hemiepiphytic vine that can start on the ground via seed or cutting. It will grow along the ground until it finds a tree to climb. Best to provide a pole for it to climb.

Size: Leaves will grow betwren 12.5-30 cm long and 13-21.5 cm wide. They are usually same size as the D shaped petiole which grows 12-24 cm long and 2-4 mm diameter. Its over all size is depending on the plant and the conditions it is grown in.

Light: Bright indirect light.

Water: Allow soil to almost dry between watering.

Temperature: Best above 15 deg C. Will not tolerate frost, but otherwise very hardy.

Humidity: Best at about 70% humidity but can tolerate lower.

Soil: Grows well in a lighter, airy soil. An Aroid Mix is best. Heavier soils will hold water and make the plant prone to root rot.

Fertiliser: Weakly, Weekly! Small amounts on a weekly basis. I use a combo of slow release fertiliser and a plant food/seaweed liquid feed at quarter strength on a weekly basis. Back off in colder months when the plant is not growing.

Propagation: From stem cuttings or seed.

Flower: Flowering occurs during the dry season and early rainy season. The Spathe is 6.5–15 cm long, green outer and pale green on the inside and becoming red in the lower inner tubed area. The Spadix is a medium green to pale greenish yellow and 1.9–2 cm long.

Fruit: An infructescence with white fruit.

Thanks for reading and happy growing. Xx

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