Philodendron Micans are known for their iridescent, heart-shaped leaves that are velvety in appearance. Depending on the lighting conditions the foliage color can vary from a bronzy-green to rich purple, with new leaves emerging between yellow and green, edged with pink. This Philodendron is adaptable to many growing conditions and can bring texture to a room. It looks exceptionally elegant cascading from a hanging basket or growing up a totem pole.
Ed's Plant Profile
- Botanical Name: Philodendron
- Pronunciation: fil-oh-DEN-dron
- Common Name: Philo micans, Micans, Velvet-leaf Philodendron, Heart-leaf philodendron
- Family: Araceae
- Native Range: Native to the Caribbean and Mexico
Ed's Care Guide
- Care Level: Easy
- Light: Prefers bright light for best growth. Avoid direct sunlight as the leaves may burn and dry out quickly.
- Water: Water when soil is dry. Water from above and allow the water to drain out the drainage holes. Avoid over-watering. When underwatered, the leaves will begin to droop.
- Humidity: Appreciates humid environment. Can tolerate average household humidity. Will maintain their best appearance when placed next to a humidifier or in a humid environment during the dry winter months.
- Temperature: 60-75F for optional growth. Avoid cold drafts. Avoid placing next to heating or air conditioning vents.
- Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
- Feeding: Fertilize with an all-purpose liquid plant food during spring and summer.
- Propagation: Easily propagated from stem cuttings in water or soil
- Growth: Known to be a slow grower
- Pests: Generally not subject to pests. Look out for fungus gnats.
- Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets