copy of Philodendron Melanochrysum - L
A rare plant, known for its big leaves with dark and gold reflections, Philodendron Melanochrysum has now become a must-have for indoor jungles.
- Bright indirect light
- High need in humidity
- Appreciates a little care
Origin : Native from Colombia, this plant can be seen in several South-American rainforests.
Personality : Appreciates a little care.
Earmark : Stunning dark leaves, pointing straight to the ground.
Briller en société : Philodendron Melanochrysum was first identified in 1886 by French horticulturist Edouard André, known for his numerous explorations in the Colombian Andes. This plant was even first named "Philodendron Andreanum", honoring his name. Melanochrysum, in Greek, expresses its remarkable colors, "Melano" meaning "Black" and "Chrysum" meaning "Gold".
A planter usually looks nice, but we recommend not to plant your new baby directly in one.
Leave it in its current pot until Spring, then ideally transfer it into a terracota pot with little drain holes when it looks cramped.
Finding its place
Brightness : Good level of brightness, as close as possible from a window, but no direct sun.
Avoid letting it feel draughts near the windows and take it away from heating sources.
Humidity : 70 % or more.
Tip : Spray its leaves with water (ideally rain-water) once a week.
Tip 2 : Place some wet clay pebbles under the pot, so they keep diffusing humidity.
Temperature : Min : 19°C | Max : 30°C | Ideal : 22°C
Watering (purely indicative, depends on your local environment): one a week in Spring/Summer, and once every 10 days in Autumn and Winter.
Tip : Put your knuckle in the ground. If it feels totally dry, add some water to keep the soil wet (but not soaking it).
Fertilizer : Once every other week, from June to October