If you are looking for a philodendron that can fit in a small space then your search ends here. Because the philodendron micans is the perfect plant for apartments and offices where you want to lighten up the small corners.
It is categorized as a climbing plant and looks fabulous in hanging baskets. But you can grow it in pots and philodendron micans also grow like trellis houseplant.
The uniqueness of this plant is its leaves. It has small size heart-shaped leaves with a green top and rusty underside.
Both the top and undersides feel soft and velvety to touch.
It needs plenty of indirect light to make its leaves bright and dual color. In low light, its leaves grow dark green and lose their brightness.
The maximum height that it can achieve is between 8 to 14 inches. It totally depends upon the care and maintenance. Generally, people do not give proper care to philodendron plants.
Because these are the houseplants that grow on their own, even in low light.
The total spread of this plant is 20 to 25 inches. Because of this spread and fast-growing habit you need to do pruning on time.
It is a necessary step to keep the plant safe from diseases and it also encourages the growth of new leaves.
For a healthy philodendron micans plant, expose it to the less bright light. The direct flow of sunrays is not recommended.
Because the soft foliage of the micans cannot handle them.
In fact, the leaves also cannot survive in strong indirect bright light. Therefore, place the plant pot a few feet away from the sunny window.
In dark corners, you can use grow light to full fill its light needs. Use LEDs because they consume less electric power but emit a high amount of powerful rays.
These rays are sufficient to grow a plant from its seeds.
Philodendron Micans needs fast-draining rich soil. Therefore, you can use regular soil and mix perlite, peat, and compost in it.
These ingredients will make it perfect soil for growing philodendron micans. This soil contains all the essential nutrients and also drains well on time.
The use of just regular soil only will increase the chances of root rot.
On watering, the regular soil become waterlogged and also absorb a high amount of water. Whereas this philodendron needs less water and fewer nutrients.
The result will be root fungus. To avoid all the extra work of curing root infection. Do not use regular potting soil with adding compost and other mentioned ingredients.
Use all the substances in equal parts even the regular soil.
The perfect technique of watering is using less water only when you see the top layer of the soil is dry. Overwatering is deadly for the plant.
I always do the soil test before watering my plants, for this I do not purchase costly equipment.
I simply insert my finger in the potting soil and check the moisture. If the top 2 inches feel moistened this means the soil is wet and does not need water.
But on the other hand, if the soil is about to dry or completely dry. Then I immediately grab the watering can and give filtered water to my beautiful philodendron plant.
To avoid water-related common problems use filtered water only. The water that you drink is good for your plants.
The tap water in some places contains chlorine and this substance is not good for plant roots. In fact, it is not required by the plants to grow.
Chlorine is there to kill the bacteria in the water. But it gets collected at the bottom of the pot and causes blockage.
Philodendron Micans is a fast-growing plant and it needs a little bit of fertilization. Fertilizers contain all the essential nutrients that are required by plants.
Just like we use supplements when going to the gym.
The fertilizers make the plants fit and healthy. They make the plant immune system strong and increase their life span.
To fertilize your philodendron micans use balanced liquid fertilizer only. Spring and summer are the two seasons when they need more nutrients.
Philo achieves 90% of the growth in these seasons. In winters they take rest and do not need nutrients. Because they are not growing new leaves and vines.
Temperature & Humidity
It cannot handle the cold winter days and cold winds. Keep the room temperature above 55 degrees F. Below this will cause harm to the plant.
To keep eye on the room temperature you can use a temperature monitoring device. They are easily available on Amazon.
As far as the humidity is concerned the general room humidity is enough for the plant. It has the ability to store enough water in its leaves.
But if you feel your plant is turning brown or dry due to low humidity. Then you can use the traditional methods to give some relief to your plant.
Group the plants together or use a pebble tray.
Place your plant pot over it and fill it with water.
You can use regular plant pots or hanging baskets to repot this plant. Repot it only in the spring season. This will reduce the chances of infection to 98%.
Use only 2 to 3 inches bigger pot for repotting. Extra-large size pots contain a good amount of soil. Then this soil holds a great amount of moisture.
It is not good for the plant roots. This increases the chances of root rot.
Gently take out the plant from its current pot and remove the soil from the roots to inspect them.
Cut the infected parts and use fresh potting soil in the new pot if you are repotting it after 2 years. This will put new life in your plant.
Once you give some water to it and place it back in its place.
Propagating Philodendron Micans
Stem cutting is the best propagating method for the Micans Philodendron. Choose the healthy stem or vine then cut it and remove all bottom leaves.
Leave the top leaves and put it in the water or use potting soil to plant stem cutting. Then place the pot in a warm location away from the reach of direct sun rays.
Give some water to give nice moisture to the cutting to make new roots in less time.
Within 30 to 45 days your cutting will develop new roots and you will see new tiny leaves. This is the time to transfer it to the pots.
Philodendron micans is a plant that needs less care and grows fast even in low light. To help your plant grow healthy fertilizer once in 30 days in spring and summer.
Refresh the soil at the time of repotting and do not expose it to direct sunlight.
It is the best plant for small spaces in homes and offices. For more information on plants visit our houseplant section.