Philodendron hederaceum or Philodendron Green Oxycardiumis an evergreen climber growing to 3-6m (10-20 feet), with heart-shaped glossy leaves 10 cm (4 inch) long and 8cm (3 inch) wide with 5-8cm (2-3 inch) long leaf-stalk. The leaves have acutely pointed tips. The leaves look slightly brownish and almost transparent when they are new, but they quickly become deep green as they grow to maturity. Occasionally spathes of white flowers appear in mature plants.
Philodendron green oxycardium is one of the easiest of all house plants to grow. It is very vigorous grower that can take a wide range of conditions. Philodendron hederaceum as a climbing species is usually tried to a stake inserted into the potting mixture for support. For best results, dress the stake in sphagnum moss until form a 5-8cm thickness over the full length of the stake above the potting mixture level. Alternatively, use a coco pole. The sphagnum moss or coco pole being used must then be sprayed with water at least once a day. Doing this it will stimulate the aerial roots of the Philodendron hederaceum to get a firm hold on this support. Be sure that the support is tall enough to accommodate the eventual total growth of the plant.
Light: The plant will tolerate low light, for quite a long time, though like most low-light plants, it will do better if given bright indirect light.
Water: During the active growth period water moderately, giving enough at each watering to moist the potting mixture throughout and allowing the top of the potting mixture to dry out between waterings. During the sort midwinter rest period water only enogh to keep the entire mixture from drying out completely.
Humidity: Normal humidity. Mist the leaves several times a week with a spray bottle for a healthier plant
Temperature: Being tropical plant, it prefer hot climate.
Soil: Any good potting mix that drains well.
Fertilizer: During growing, fertilizer with slow-release fertilizer or use a 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer at half-strength every 2 weeks.
Eliminates: formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, ammonia, and more
Caution: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Philodendrons are especially poisonous to dogs and cats.
Make sure watering is done once the soil goes dry. Although the soil can remain moist, but it should not turn soggy/wet. Having drainage hole in the pots goes a long way in ensuring there is no water stagnating on top of the soil. You can spray the plant occasionally.
Fertilise the plant once a month in summers however Don't feed any fertiliser in winters. Giving fertiliser to the plant ensures nutrients going in which keeps it healthy. Keep an eye on the leaves of the plant to know any symptoms for watering or sunlight.
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