Philodendron Micans, Velvet Leaf Philodendron Plant
Philodendron Micans, also called Velvet Leaf Philodendron, is a member of the Araceae family of plants. Just like all the other plants in this group, a philodendron micans is a poisonous plant. Although the leaf shape and growing pattern closely resembles that of the heart leaf philodendron, it does not have the same glossy, green leaves. The lovely looking philodendron micans has velvet-textured, heart-shaped leaves that are greenish bronze with reddish- brown undersides. The leaves grow on long, graceful, vining stems. When young, a philodendron micans closely resembles the philodendron melanochrysum, but there are some major differences. A philodendron micans is a vining plant and the philodendron melanochrysum is a climbing plant, growing upwards rather than downwards, and needs a pole for support. Although both plants have velvety, heart shaped leaves, the melanochrysum, a much rarer plant, has creamy white veins
About the Plant -
Common Name- Heart-Leaf Philodendron and Sweetheart Plant, Velvet Leaf Philodendron
Scientific Name- Philodendron Micans
Pot Material- Plastic
Maturity Height- 8 in. tall, 24 in. long
Philodendron Micans Care-
Sunlight -: Philodendron Micans like bright indirect light, as direct sunshine can burn the leaves, so if you have a southern facing window make sure to have a sheer curtain or keep the plant farther from the window. Philodendrons are known to tolerate lower light levels, but tolerate does not mean thrive, so if you want a really leggy plant with small leaves, then low light works just fine.
Water -: Water these when the top couple inches of the potting medium is dry, but never let them sit in water as that will lead to root rot. During the colder months make sure to water a little less often, which basically means definitely let the potting medium dry out fully before watering again.
Soil -: Best soil for a philodendron micans is a loose soil that is high in organic matter and drains quickly.
Fertilizer -: Feed a philodendron monthly, in the spring and summer, with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Fertilize every other month in the fall and winter. A philodendron micans is a fast growing plant; if the new leaves appear small or the plant is not growing well, it's an indication that the plant needs to be fed more often.
Temperature -: 18.3°-23.9ºC during the day and above 12.8ºC at night.
Propagation philodendron micans: Propagate a philodendron micans using Stem Cuttings in the spring and early summer. Cuttings root very well in water.