Philodendron Imperial Green

Philodendron Imperial Green

The Philodendron Imperial Green is a non-vining plant that can catch anyone’s attention with its glossy, green leaves, which grow directly from its main stem. It is quite popular because it is not very expensive and is easy to grow and care for.

In this article, we will discuss the cultural care requirements of this plant and how to propagate it.

So, if you are thinking about adding the Philodendron Imperial Green to your plant collection, keep reading.

Philodendron Imperial Green Care Requirements

Water

One of the most important aspects of caring for Philodendron Imperial Green is good watering techniques. It may seem easy enough to simply water the plant to keep it alive, but it is in fact quite tricky to find the correct balance between keeping the plant hydrated and not overwatering it.

It is best, for this plant, not simply to follow a set watering schedule, but rather to take the local climate and weather into account. Test the soil by touching the top two inches finger. If the top two inches of soil are dry, water the plant. If the soil is still moist or damp, wait a few more days and check the soil again before watering it.

Remember that the plant is better off underwatered than overwatered. An underwatered plant is easier to revive than an overwatered one, especially if the roots have already become compromised and are dying or rotten.

When you do need to water the plant, make sure you soak all of the soil with water so that all the plant’s roots get wet. Continue watering until you see the excess water flowing from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. This means that even the deepest roots are getting water. The drainage holes at the bottom of the pot need to be large enough to help the soil drain properly.

The plant’s leaves are not sensitive to impurities in tap water, so it should be completely fine to use that. However, look out for browning on the tips and edges of the leaves, as these are signs that the plant does not like the water you are giving it. In this case, try giving it distilled or rain water.

Light

This plant prefers bright, indirect light, such as near an east- or west-facing window. If all you have available is a south-facing window, you can diffuse the light using a sheer curtain. This will ensure that the light that reaches the plant is not as harsh as before. Refrain from exposing the plant to direct sunlight, as this can cause sun damage.

It is important to make sure your plant gets the right amount of light, because a lack of light results in stunted growth and increases the possibility of overwatering, because the soil does not dry up fast enough.

One tell-tale sign of a plant that is not getting enough light is when the plant has not developed new leaves for a couple of months.

If the plant is situated near a window, rotate it every few days so that all sides of the plant get their fair share of sunlight.

Soil

Philodendron Imperial Green wants its soil to be well-draining. If the soil is compact and heavy, it retains moisture a little too well, and you do not want that for your plant because the roots will end up standing in soggy soil.

Make sure the soil is airy and porous so that excess water simply passes through it. You can buy commercially available aroid mix, or you can make your own mix by combining one part potting soil and one part perlite/coarse sand, or one part orchid mix with one part peat and one part perlite/coarse sand.

Nevertheless, soil can become compacted over time, especially if you allow it to become too dry between waterings. In that case, you may need to change the soil.

Humidity

This plant needs humidity between 50 and 60%, but it is one of the few plants that can tolerate humidity as low as 40%.

Do not let the humidity become lower than 40%, as this can lead to the leaves curling and turning brown. You can raise the humidity in the room by placing your plants close to one another so they create a microclimate. You can also use a water tray by placing some pebbles and water in a tray and standing the pot on top of it. The water will evaporate and increase the humidity around the plant. You can also just place the plant in the kitchen or the bathroom, which are the most humid rooms in any house.

Temperature

Philodendron Imperial Green survives best in temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too low, the plant will stop growing and suffer from cold damage. Drafts are especially damaging to plants, be they hot drafts from heating vents or cold drafts from air conditioning. If the plant is placed where a draft hits it constantly, its leaves will turn yellow or brown due to drying out.

Pruning

This plant does not require pruning at all, unless you wish to remove any dying leaves before they simply drop off the plant themselves.

Toxicity

This plant can be mildly toxic when ingested by humans or pets. Ingestion can cause gastrointestinal upset. Contact with the skin can also trigger a localized reaction in some people, so if you are one of those people you may want to handle the plant with gloves.

Philodendron Imperial Green Propagation

The best and most effective way of propagating this plant is by stem cuttings. When cutting off a stem to propagate, make sure there is at least one node included. Use sterile scissors to avoid contaminating it with bacteria or fungi.

You can choose to plant the cutting directly in a pot with soil, or you can root it in water for a few weeks before planting it in soil.

Though both methods can be used, water propagation is usually more successful due to the presence of new roots before the cutting is planted.

How big can the Philodendron Imperial Green get?

This plant can grow several feet in height and can spread out about three feet horizontally. It can be an indoor plant, but it does take up quite a lot of space.

Conclusion

The Philodendron Imperial Green is a beautiful plant that is relatively low-maintenance. It is quite popular for its large leaves that fan out from its central stem.

This plant needs moderate humidity, well-draining soil and bright, indirect light to remain happy. You only need to water it when the top two inches of soil are dry to the touch. Keep the room temperature between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and make sure there are no hot or cold drafts near the plant.

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