Philodendron grazielae is a different variety of philodendrons. Whereas other philodendrons have normal texture foliage. Grazielae leaves are more glossy and they shine extraordinarily even in low light.
The good news is both Normal and Grazielae philodendrons have the same caring and growing needs with a little bit of difference in watering and soil selection.
In this guide, I will explain how you can grow Philodendron grazielae at home in plant containers. How to water and what are the other important factors that you need to keep in mind while caring for this plant?
I have two Grazielae plants and they are more than 3 years old. I have good experience with Philo plants.
About the plant
This variety of philodendrons produces medium-sized leaves. In a controlled environment (indoors) it only grows up to 2 feet in height.
If you use a small size pot then it only achieves 1.5 feet of height.
But again, the leaves are it’s real beautify and encourage your plant to produce large size leaves. Support its growth with a moss pole.
Let it climb on it and grow large in size then only your plant can grow large-size glossy leaves.
But if you are going to use it as a tabletop then do not need to use a moss pole. Because it (the moss pole) will not look on your working table.
Many philodendron varieties do good in dimmer light. They produce a good number of leaves and grow happily forever.
But the Grazielae philodendron needs few extra hours of light.
Place your plant pot in bright light but make sure the direct light cannot touch the plant. This will result in leaf scorching and burned leaves.
Remember that sunburn can damage the plant leaves permanently. It is hard to revive a plant once it gets burned due to direct sunlight.
5 to 6 hours of indirect bright light is sufficient for your Philodendron grazielae care and maintenance. Even at the time of propagation, bright indirect light is recommended.
In very low-light areas, you should use grow lights. LEDs are the best-growing lights in the market. moreover, they are inexpensive, easy to use, and require little to no maintenance.
The soil you are going to use must contain some parts of coco coir, peat, and perlite. Because this plant needs well-draining soil and good aeration.
The fresh air keeps the soil free of bacteria and improves the absorption power of plant roots.
Do not use garden soil because it becomes compact when watered. Also, it contains many types of bacteria that can harm plants.
If possible then you must add organic compost in the plant pots. But only if you are not going to use them as a tabletop.
I do not buy potting soil from the market. I buy different ingredients in bulk and then prepare my own potting soil.
For the Grazielae plant my potting soil formula is:
1 part perlite + 1 part peat + 1 part compost + 1-part general potting mix
20%compost +20% perlite +20% coco coir + 40% regular soil.
Both formulas will work best for caring for Philodendron grazielae.
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The traditional watering technique is recommended. Deep watering can damage the roots because in this process the soil completely becomes wet. Then it slowly drains extra water.
But the roots of philodendrons are not strong enough to tolerate wet soil for a long time.
Therefore, for watering Grazielae Philodendron take a can of water and directly give it to the base of the plant.
No need to wait until you see the water coming out of the bottom hole. Just give it water according to the amount of soil in the pot.
But before watering it poke your finger in the soil and check the moisture level. The top 1-inch of the soil must feel completely dry or at least semi-dry.
Then you can water your plant with filtered water and this technique avoids underwatering and overwatering issues.
Some people fertilize their philodendrons once every 30 days regardless of the season of the year. But do not find this practice very helpful.
I only fertilize my plants once in 30 days in spring and summer. Then cut off the nutrient supply in winter.
Because it is not a heavy feeder you only need to use half-strength liquid fertilizer. Any general-purpose liquid fertilizer specially made for the foliage plant is perfect.
Light fertilization is recommended and if there is compost in the soil then you do not need to fertilize it for the first 6 to 8 months.
Temperature & Humidity
65 to 85 degrees F is the ideal temperature range but it can survive in low temperatures also. This does not it is frost resistant plant.
If the temperature drops below 55 degrees F, the plant starts feeling uncomfortable and losing its leaves.
Use a temperature monitor to measure grow room temperature.
For humidity, the general home humidity is enough. No need to make any changes to it. If you feel the humidity in your home is not ideal for the plant. Then you can use the plant humidifier to increase it.
But when I need to increase it, I put all my plants together in a place. This makes a humidity balloon around them.
Grazielae Philos are toxic to humans and pets. They contain toxic juice which causes many problems if ingested.
You should wear gloves while working on it. Because the sap of the plant can cause skin irritations and redness to sensitive skin people.
Keep it away from pets because they generally have chewing habits and can ingest the plant plants.
Philodendron grazielae is not a fast-growing plant therefore you do not need to repot it frequently.
When you see the roots are visible and poking out of the soil then you can repot it. For repotting use one size bigger pot and fresh soil.
It will take 2 years for the first repotting then after every 3 years, you can repot it and refresh the potting soil.
Stem cutting is the perfect technique for propagating Philodendron grazielae. Choose a healthy stem that is 4 to 5 inches long.
Cut it from the plant and carefully place it over the newspaper.
Then let it release the liquid from the cut. It will take less than 5 minutes after then remove the leaves that are at the bottom part of the stem.
Leave 2 to 3 leaves that are on the top of the stem. If there is only 1 leaf at the top, no problem.
Then plant it in the potting soil and place it in a warm location where room humidity is above 40%.
Within 2 to 3 weeks your stem cutting will develop new roots. When you see the new tiny leaves then you can transfer them to the main pot.
Philodendron grazielae will be a nice choice for many houseplant growers. You can control its size by controlling the growth factors.
Place it on your working table to use it as a piece of decoration. In both cases do not use a moss pole.
Give it proper light and in return, it will grow beautiful thick textured shining leaves.