Philodendron warszewiczii, also known as Philodendron, is a fast-growing vine or creeper native to Central America. These plants prefer semi-shade and a consistent warm, humid environment but can survive in most soil types providing there is sufficient drainage. In the wild, they are typically found growing on rocks or as an epiphyte, but they can be grown in pots. Philodendrons have large, ornamental foliage that helps to jazz up any space.
In terms of watering, Philodendrons are relatively low maintenance, they need regular water during the growing season, but should be allowed to dry out before being watered again. In cold regions, always water the pot in order to prevent water accumulation in the roots, which can cause damage.
This ethnomedical plant is not only ornamental, but edible. The large fruits are very sweet and juicy, making them a favorite snack among locals. Eating the fruit provides a wealth of health benefits including improved digestion, anti-inflammatory properties, and boosts in energy. Each plant can produce hundreds of fruits throughout the season.
Philodendron warszewiczii is USDA hardy in zones 9-11 and can thrive for many years with the right amount of sunlight and water. Care for this plant is minimal, however, ensuring proper drainage, regular watering, and an even temperature will help it to thrive in any space.