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xanadu
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xanadu

Latin Name:

Philodendron bipinnatifidum

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

A broad-spreading, mounding type that would eventually produce six feet (2m) long leaves on a long trunk, but in the interior will display its deeply cut leaves from a large container for a long time without overgrowing. This plant is often sold as Philodendron selloum, a later name.

Origin:

Brazil

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Will grow for anybody

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD (a soil that retains water yet drains well) potting soil will suffice. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 2 parts peat and 1 part coarse sand or perlite. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil barely moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks when in growth with a water soluble fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites, mealy bugs and thrips. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings and air-layering in the summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. To air-layer a plant, take a sharp knife and cut half way through the stem about a foot down from the top. Put a toothpick in the wound sideways, wrap wet sphagnum moss and a plastic bag around the wound secured by either rubber bands or tape. When roots form, cut off below the roots and plant.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Plant is poisonous if ingested. Do not keep around children. Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and clean the leaves with a damp cloth and avoid drafts. Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. Repot in the early spring.

Toxicity:

Species of this Genus can be harmful to pets.

Air Purifier:

A remover of formaldehyde from the surrounding atmosphere.

Is Genus:

No

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