Bring the tropical indoors by growing Philodendron gloriosum in home or office. Here is all you need to know about growing Philodendron Gloriosum in a container!
Philodendron gloriosum is a velvety piece of art with large leaves and thick veins. This glorious Philodendron is one of the most unique members of the Philodendron family, with large leaves and creeping nature. Belonging to the Archaea family, it won’t climb over trellises or any other support structure; instead, it’ll grow horizontally. The new leaves are even more attractive and exhibit pinkish veins and edges on chartreuse-hued leaves. We discuss all about planting, growing, and care for Philodendron gloriosum in container in this post!
How to Grow Philodendron Gloriosum in Container
When growing the Philodendron Gloriosum, plant the stem cutting or rhizome so that the top half is above the potting mix. Use sphagnum moss or a good quality potting mix that’s well-draining and rich in organic matter. Keep the soil moist and water only when it dries an inch below the surface. Fertilizing once a month with a well-balanced fertilizer will suffice!
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Propagating Philodendron Gloriosum
Philodendron gloriosum is a creeping plant that has rhizomes with roots and leaf stems. The easiest way to propagate Philodendron gloriosum is by means of stem cutting. The stem cutting is, in technical terms, the rhizome cutting as it’s a creeping plant, and both are the same. The sections between leaves are used to grow new plants. See below for in-depth, step-by-step instructions on how to propagate your plants.
- Use a sharp and sterilized tool to take a rhizome cutting which may or may not have leaves.
- Let the cutting sit for a couple of hours so that it callouses; you can also sprinkle cinnamon powder over the cutting as it acts as a disinfectant.
- Plant the rhizome in a good quality potting mix or moist sphagnum moss in a manner that the upper half of the rhizome remains above the soil.
- Cover the plant with a plastic bag to create a greenhouse-like effect and speed up the rooting process.
- Make sure to give breathing room to the plant by removing the plastic sheet for a couple of minutes every 2-3 days.
- Within 2-3 weeks, the roots and leaves will start to grow, and you’ll have a baby Philodendron Gloriosum!
NOTE: The rhizome is susceptible to root if burrowed entirely under the potting mix in moist conditions. The top half of the rhizome must lie above the soil!
Choosing the Container
Instead of convention round pots, choose a rectangular container that is long and narrow. As Philodendron Gloriosum is a creeper, it’ll run along with the container and will have enough space to crawl in such a container. In the convention container, the plant stops rooting once it falls over the rim of the pot and the foliage will starts to grow small. If you plant it in a round pot make sure to go for a container with large width. Ensure that container has drainage holes at the bottom of the pot to get rid of excess water!
The right time for repotting is in the spring and summers, as the plant is actively growing in this period. Once the plant falls over the rim of the container, you’ll need to report it in a larger container.
Bright indirect light is ideal for growing Philodendron Gloriosum, so choose the spot accordingly. There is ample bright indirect light for the plant when you place it on the windowsill. Other areas include patio, balcony, and even staircases as long as the plant is protected from direct sunlight. Too much direct sun can cause yellowing leaves.
Well-draining soil that’s rich in organic matter works well for almost every houseplant, including Philodendron gloriosum. Go for a potting mixed designed for a houseplant, or prepare one on your own. Dump two-part coco coir or peat moss and one part perlite into the garden tub and mix well, and your potting mix is ready! Sphagnum moss in itself is also an excellent growing medium for PhilodendronPhilodendron.
The ideal way to water Philodendrons, including Philodendron Gloriosum, is that the soil remains moist but doesn’t turn soggy. Letting the plant sit in waterlogged soil leads to root rot which can be fatal to the plant. The soil is ready for watering when it becomes dry one to two inches below the surface. Check that by scratching the surface or inserting the finger in the soil. Mushy roots or yellowing leaves are a sign of overwatering; cut back watering if any such symptoms appear.
The ideal temperature range for growing this plant is 55 to 72 degrees F. It can tolerate temperature as low as 4o degrees F, but if the temperature falls below PhilodendronPhilodendron is susceptible to damage. In summers, it can tolerate temperatures as high as 95 degrees F above that the plant will start showing signs of distress.
Philodendron gloriosum Care
Just like other Philodendron cultivars, it also grows well in high humid reasons. If the humidity levels are 40 percent or below, taking measures to raise the humidity levels will help the plant. Placing a pebble tray filled with water near the plant will raise the humidity in the surrounding air. Misting or installing a humidifier are some other ways to increase humidity levels.
Spring and summers are ideal for fertilizing as the plant is in a growing phase during this period. Use a well-balanced liquid fertilizer diluted half to its strength once a month. Adding aged compost to the potting mix also improves the texture and fertility of the mix. Do not fertilize in winters!
Pests & Diseases
Philodendron gloriosum is usually pest-free, although some common garden pests such as Spider mites, Aphids, Mealybugs, and Scales can cause damage to the foliage. Handpick these pests or spray neem oil solution over the plant to get rid of such pests. Also, avoid overwatering as it leads to root rot.
Philodendron Gloriosum Toxicity
As per ASPCA Philodendrons are toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets! Insoluble calcium oxalates present in the sap of the plant are the reason behind the toxicity. Oral irritation, pain, and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing are the most common clinical symptoms. Consult a wet if you suspect your pet has ingested the plant is showing signs of discomfort.