English name:Philodendron Xanadu
Latin name:Philodendron bipinnatifidum
About me:My lush leaves will add a dash of the tropics to any space. Unlike other Philodendrons, I'm not a climber but will grow as a shrub as wide as I'm tall.
Useful to know:
I am a native of Brazil.
I'm not an uber fast grower but I can reach more than 1m in both height and width if you re-pot me regularly.
I need more light than other philodendron plants and grow best in medium indirect light. Too much bright light causes my leaves to become pale and bleached looking and direct sun burns them.
Water me until water runs out of the bottom of the pot, then drain the saucer and never leave me sitting in water. Wait for the top 5cm of soil to dry before watering me again.
I like temperatures between 16-26 degrees C.
Fertilise me monthly in spring and autumn, more often in summer and not at all in winter.
I get yellowing leaves when adjusting to a new home or when I'm due a growth spurt. Just remove these by cutting them at the base of the stem.
I get yellowing leaves when adjusting to a new home or when I'm due a growth spurt. Just remove these by cutting them at the base of the stem. I like to be in a humid environment.
Keep me away from pets and children as I am toxic.
There are two stories about my origin - it's claimed that I was discovered by chance in a nursery in West Australia but I have since been found to have originated from a seed collected in Brazil.