Today I am going to introduce you to the rarest type of philodendron. Philodendron Sodiroi is a plant that is very rare and you will not easily find it in your local garden store.
It is also called Silver Leaf Philodendron because it has silver patterns of the green heart-shaped leaves.
No doubt this plant is costly so before growing it you should learn about its growing habits and requirements.
Do not buy it if you do not like to have fast-growing plants. Because it can easily grow up to 3 feet in a single season.
To keep it short frequent trimming is required. Further growing and caring details are discussed in the below part.
It is naturally found in some parts of French Guiana. The best part about this plant is it likes both indoor and outdoor environments.
You can easily grow it on the sunny window sill or in a less bright place.
In a good environment, it can grow up to 6 feet in height with a leaf size of 4 to 7 inches long. But this height is only possible when it gets tropical jungle-like growing conditions.
So, in plants pots it stay 3 to 4.5 feet tall.
Like another philodendron, it is toxic to pets. Calcium oxalate is the substance that is found in plant sap. This ingredient is toxic when ingested even in low quantity.
Like other philodendrons, it needs bright light but the best part is it can grow in all light conditions. If you want your plant to produce many silver patterns per leaf. Then expose it to plenty of sunlight.
While it can grow in low light conditions but it cannot produce heavy silver patterns.
Therefore, you need to place it on the sunny window. If there is already a plant on the window sill then expose it to the indirect bright light.
Protect your plant from the afternoon sunlight. The high intense light can damage the plant leaf tissues. Brown leaf edges are the first sign of sunburn.
Use peat-based soil that is airy and lightweight. It will not retain much moisture in it. This protects the plants from different root diseases.
To use your garden soil, sterilize it properly and add peat and perlite to it.
Sterilization of the soil is a mandatory step. It will kill all the harmful bacteria and pathogens.
If you do not like to mess with the different growing ingredients then use cactus potting soil. Or buy African violet potting soil. Both the soils are well-draining and have good aeration properties.
Keep the balance between the soil and moisture to help your philodendron Sodiroi to thrive.
To prevent water-related serious damages to your plants. Do not give it extra water at any cost. Even in the summer season, you should check the soil conditions before watering application.
If you feel the top few inches of the potting soil are dry then you can pour water into the plant pot.
Wet soil and yellow leaves are the first signs of overwatering. In this case, you should take out the plant from its pot. Inspect the roots and cut the damaged parts of the roots.
Then place it back in the same pot but by using new fresh soil.
Any slow-releasing liquid fertilizer will work best for Philodendron Sodiroi. No need to buy any special type of nutrient supplements.
Prepare a weak solution and pour it into the plant base only in spring or summer.
On the other hand, if the soil you use for the plant has organic matter. Then you will not need to feed it. Because organic material contains every single nutrient that a normal houseplant needs to grow.
Remember that in bright light conditions your plant starts growing a little faster than normal. This increases the absorption of nutrients and the potting soil becomes infertile.
In this case, you should give extra nutrients to your plants.
Temperature & Humidity
50 to 80 degrees F is the best temperature for the Philodendron Sodiroi. As you can see this is a wide range.
This means your plant can tolerate cold and hot temperatures in different situations.
If the temperature drops below 45 degrees F, then your plant can suffer otherwise it is good to grow in cold weather.
But silver leaf philodendron is not frost tolerant so you should bring it inside 1 week before the first frost.
Keep the humidity above 60 % and it will not face any problem. In low humidity, the leaves start losing their moisture. As a result, they turn yellow and brown.
To maintain the humidity use hygrometer to measure it and a plant humidifier to maintain it to a certain level.
The first thing that you need to keep in mind for repotting is choosing the right kind of pot. Terracotta material is good to use. It helps soil to drain extra water in less time than normal. It also increases the airflow and keeps the plant roots free from fungus.
The draining hole is the second thing that you need to look for in a good plant pot. It should have one or more drainage holes depending upon the size.
Once you buy the best pot then select the fresh soil. Bring the material home and gently shift your old plant in the new pot in new potting soil.
If the soil in the old pot is 2 years old you cannot rejuvenate it with compost or other organic fertilizers. The use of such soil is a wastage of time and plants.
Stem cutting is the most successful way of propagation. Follow the below step-by-step guide and propagate it at home.
- Inspect the mother plant and choose the healthy stem.
- Use sharp shears and cut the 5 to 6 inches long stem. Make a cut just below the node.
- It should only have one or two leaves, remove bottom leaves.
- Dab it in the rooting hormone and place it in the potting soil.
- Place the pot in a high humid and warm location
- Spray water only on the growing medium to add moisture to it.
- Within few days your stem will develop new roots.
- Once you see new tiny leaves you can move the pot to the final location.
Philodendron Sodiroi aka silver leaf philodendron is simple to care for and easy to maintain its health. Give it proper light and it will develop beautiful silver patterns.
Avoid excessive use of water and fertilizers to avoid unwanted problems.
Place your plant in any part of your house and enjoy its beauty.