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Philodendron Painted Lady 

 

 is a stunning tropical plant known for its vibrant, variegated leaves that transition from a bright yellow-green to a rich green as they mature. This eye-catching plant is a fantastic addition to any indoor garden, providing a pop of color and a touch of exotic beauty.

 

Appearance

  • Leaves: Young leaves are bright yellow with darker green spots, which gradually turn a darker green as they age.
  • Stems: Stems are a striking pinkish-red, adding to the plant's unique appearance.
  • Size: Typically grows to about 3-4 feet in height when mature, depending on the growing conditions.

 

 

Light Requirements

  • Preferred Light: Bright, indirect light is ideal. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light will reduce variegation.
  • Adaptability: Can tolerate low light conditions but may grow slower and with less vibrant colors.

 

Watering

  • Frequency: Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure the soil has good drainage.
  • Humidity: Prefers higher humidity levels. Consider misting the leaves regularly or using a humidifier, especially in dry environments.

 

Soil and Potting

  • Soil Type: Use a well-draining potting mix rich in organic matter. A mix designed for aroids or a general-purpose mix with added perlite or orchid bark works well.
  • Repotting: Repot every 1-2 years to refresh the soil and accommodate growth. Choose a pot with drainage holes.

 

Temperature

  • Preferred Range: Thrives in temperatures between 18-27°C
  • Tolerance: Can tolerate short periods of cooler temperatures but should be protected from drafts and cold conditions below 13°C

 

Fertilizing

  • Frequency: Feed monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
  • Type: Use a fertilizer with an N-P-K ratio of 20-20-20 or similar to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

 

Pruning and Maintenance

  • Pruning: Regular pruning helps maintain shape and encourages bushier growth. Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves.
  • Cleaning: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and allow for better photosynthesis.

 

Propagation

  • Method: Can be propagated through stem cuttings. Cut a healthy stem with a few leaves and nodes, and place it in water or moist soil until roots develop.
  • Timing: Best done in spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing.

 

Common Issues

  • Pests: Watch out for common pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Diseases: Overwatering can lead to root rot. Ensure proper drainage and avoid letting the plant sit in waterlogged soil.

 

Tips for Success

  • Support: As the plant grows, it may need support. Use a moss pole or stake to help it climb.
  • Variegation: To maintain its vibrant variegation, provide ample bright, indirect light and avoid low light conditions.

 

Pot diameter 12cm

 

Philodendron Painted Lady

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