Do you like the leaves of an Oak tree? If yes then you will definitely like the Philodendron Panduriforme. Because it has heart-shaped leaves that are more similar to oak leaves. But it is different from the heartleaf philodendron.
In many places, garden stores label it a Philodendron Bipennifolium. But if you check closely, you will find that Philo Panduriforme has a rounded top lobe on its leaves.
This difference is enough to identify it.
Today you will learn about the general care, watering, and propagation of these plants. You will be happy to know that these are beginner plants. This means it does not need much care and attention.
All you need to do is just follow the regular care methods and grow it in indirect bright light. Other important caring tips are discussed below.
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About the Plant
This is a climbing philodendron. If you give it good support and structure to climb. Then this Philo plant can grow up to 6 feet tall.
The size of its leaves directly depends on its size. The large size Philodendron Panduriforme plants grow large leaves (15 inches long).
Whereas a normal size plant has 8 to 10 inches long leaves.
Therefore, you need to focus more on its care than on other things. Below are my recommendations for Panduriforme care and maintenance.
We all know philodendrons do well in low light conditions. The same is true for this variety of philodendrons. But I want to clarify that if you really want your plant to grow shining leaves.
Then you need to arrange indirect bright light for it.
No doubt it is suitable for less bright corners and other parts of the house.
Direct sunlight is not recommended for Philodendron Panduriforme. Because it has soft textured leaves and when sun rays strike, leaves become dry.
When leaves lose their moisture, this results in permanently damaged leaves.
This is the reason I always advise people to put their philodendrons away for the sunny window.
Like other members of its family, it also needs fast-draining soil. But the soil must not hold a high amount of water for a long time. This will increase the chances of root fungus.
Therefore, the best ingredients that you need to look for in the potting soil mix will be perlite, coco coir.
The different combination of these ingredients adds different powers to the potting mixes.
Because I have many plants at home and every summer, I add more to them. I have to buy these ingredients in bulk and make my own potting soil.
For Panduriforme Philodendron I mix perlite, peat, and coco coir in equal parts. Then to make the soil fertile for a long time and to reduce the fertilization cost.
I add homemade compost to it. I do not recommend using pre-fertilized soil for particularly this plant.
This mixture of soil reduces the chances of fungal diseases.
Philodendron Panduriforme needs evenly moist soil to grow happily. Even an extra cup of water can damage the plant roots. If there is no hole at the bottom of the plant pot.
Therefore, you need to learn the right watering techniques. Below is my watering technique.
Before watering I poke my finger in the soil to check the moisture. If the top 1 inch of soil is dry then I immediately give water to the plant.
Once I see the water coming out of the bottom hole, I cut off the water and let the soil drain extra water.
After 30 minutes I came back and empty the saucer.
If you follow this watering technique you will never face overwatering and underwatering issues. In the initial stage, both over and underwatering has similar symptoms.
As you know fertilizers are used to make the plant healthy and to grow fast. You should use them to make your plant healthy and strong.
Keep in mind that Philodendron Panduriforme is not a heavy feeder.
So, you need to be careful with your fertilizing technique. It is best to fertilize it only once in 30 days in spring and summer.
No nutrient supplements in the winter season.
Go for liquid fertilizers and dilute the desired amount before use. It has soft roots and cannot handle the highly concentrated dosage of nutrients.
The salts that companies use to make them get collected at the base of the pot and eventually block the roots transportation system.
Temperature & Humidity
The normal indoor temperature is good to grow it. If it drops below 55 degrees F then Philodendron Panduriforme faces problems.
The first problem is root shock. When the temperature drops below the average. The soil in the pot loses its warmth and becomes cool.
This damages the roots and slowdowns the nutrient and water transportation schedule of the plant. This results in wilting and dropping leaves.
Average home humidity is fine for caring Philodendron Panduriforme. You only need to use a plant humidifier in case of low humidity.
My home humidity is between 50 to 65 % and my philodendron plants are doing good. They have beautiful shining leaves.
Philodendron Panduriforme and all other varieties of Philo plants are toxic to pets and humans. Every part of this plant is toxic. Ingestion can cause vomiting, skin irritations, nausea, etc.
Therefore, wear gloves while repotting it. Place it away from the reach of pets. If they have a chewing habit.
Repot your plant only when you see the roots coming out through the potting soil. For repotting of Philodendron Panduriforme select the one size bigger pot.
Avoid choosing oversized pots because they hold a large amount of potting soil and also water.
This is not good for the plant roots.
I prefer fancy-stylish plastic-made plant pots with two or more draining holes. They are lightweight and easy to lift and do not break like terracotta and ceramic pots.
How to propagate Philodendron Panduriforme?
The good news is philodendrons are quite easy to multiply with propagation. Stem cutting is the best method with more than 95% success rate.
Look for a healthy stem and cut it from the plant. Then remove the bottom leaves and just leave the top leaves. Then plant in the water or in the potting soil.
It is best to use potting soil instead of water because the soil has a higher success rate than water propagation.
Within 15 to 20 days the stem cutting will develop 1-inch long roots. Once you see new tiny leaves growing then you can transfer them to the main pot.
Philodendron Panduriforme care and maintenance is easier than other philodendrons. Just learn the right watering technique and choose the right potting mix.
Your place will never face problems in growing.
To support it use a moss pole and let it grow 5 to 6 feet, then it will produce large size leaves.