Philodendron verrucosum, Ecuador Philodendron, Velvet-leaf Philodendron

Philodendron verrucosum

Ecuador Philodendron, Velvet-leaf Philodendron
Family: Araceae
Origin: South America, Central America
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterOrnamental foliage

Philodendron verrucosum, commonly known as Ecuador Philodendron, is a beautiful vine or creeper native to South America and Central America. It is grown in USDA Zone 9-11 with light to semi-shady conditions and regular watering. This is a lovely ornamental plant, typically with fantastic foliage. The attractive foliage ranges from olive green to bronze-green and is cut marvellously with interesting wart like texture on the upper leaf surface.

It can be grown in a pot, which is necessary for most growing areas as it is not frost hardy. If you wish to grow this beautiful specimen in a cold region, choose a large pot at least 20 inches deep and wide, preferably in terracotta or heavier plastic to insulate the root system adequately. Place it in a bright indoor area and provide regular watering, high humidity, and regular fertilization.

Propagation of this Philodendron is easy and can be accomplished through division of a mature plant. As the Ecuador Philodendron begins to take over the soil of the pot, it might be necessary to divide the plant and repot in separate containers. This is also a great way to help the plant to spread more with dense and lusher growth. When performing division, make sure to repot the divisions in slightly acid pH soil and place them in a semi-shady spot.

It is always important to water the Philodendron thoroughly, afterwards draining the excess from the tray below. These plants prefer a high humidity and regular misting so that the leaves remain glossy and healthy. Fertilize them with a weak liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Also, keep the leaves clean by regularly removing dirt and dust, taking into account that the leaf surface is vulnerable to damage and scratching.

To sum up, Philodendron verrucosum is a lovely climbing plant, ideal for acting as a charming wall decoration or to adorn a conservatory. It enjoys a semi-shady spot and prefers warm climates. However, it can be grown in colder areas in potted form with the right care. Providing adequate watering, high humidity, repotting when necessary and regular fertilization will ensure it thrives and brings a lot of beauty to your home.

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