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Philodendron micans

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Description

Philodendron 'micans' produces velvety, iridescent, heart-shaped leaves. Young leaves have a beautiful copper colour, and they get greener as they mature. This philodendron variety is the perfect elegant, small, hanging plant.

Size: 12cm diameter x 25cm trail

Origin: Tropical Americas

Care

Light: Indirect light

Humidity: Moderate - High

Temperature: 15-24ºC

Watering: Allow the top 2-3 cm of the compost to dry between waterings when the plant is actively growing, usually from spring through autumn. Reduce watering frequency in winter if light levels are lower.

Feeding: Use half the recommended dose of a balanced liquid fertilizer every few weeks from spring through autumn, or whenever you can see active growth.

Soil: 2 to 1 parts of a soil-based compost and perlite. Add some coco coir or orchid bark.

Troubleshooting: Yellowing leaves can be a sign of overwatering. Your micans may sometimes produce tiny dots on the leaves and stems. These are called 'extrafloral nectaries'. They produce sticky sap and its the plant's own defense against pests, and they are completely harmless to the plant.

Tip: This plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from pets and children. Direct sunlight can leave sunburn marks on the leaves. You can display it in a hanging pot or allow it to trail up a moss pole.

Did you know? This plant's nickname is heart-leaf philodendron due to the shape of its leaves.