Philodendron Hederaceum 'Micans'
Philodendron micans is a trailing or climbing vine that has recently become trendy and highly sought-after. In the wild, it climbs onto trees in the rainforest so that it can grow high to reach the sunlight.
The main reason people adore micans lies in its nickname, Velvet leaf philodendron. Its leaves have numerous tiny hairs that are soft and luxurious to the touch.
Philodendron Micans Appearance
Fun fact- Philodendron micans, also known as Philodendron hederaceum 'Micans', adapted to lower levels of humidity by growing the tiny hairs that create the velvet texture! They help keep the moisture within the plant so that the water doesn't evaporate right away.
Micans has charming heart-shaped leaves that are mostly an elegant shade of dark green. However, it also has leaves that are bronze, copper, and rust, which magically glow against the backdrop of sunlight.
Philodendron Micans Care
Appearance aside, our favorite thing about Velvet philodendron is that it's a low-maintenance plant that beginners can easily care for.
It can tolerate some neglect and inconsistent care. It's also easy to tell if it's not healthy and happy, allowing for ample time for special care and recovery.
Philodendron micans needs medium sun exposure. Place it in a location that gets bright, indirect light. Soft direct morning or late afternoon light is fine, but harsh direct afternoon sunlight can scorch the leaves. Direct light refers to the sun rays hitting the plant directly, whereas indirect light refers to diffused light.
Well-draining soil is crucial so that your plant doesn't rot. Commercial indoor potting mixes work well. To create your own indoor potting mix for your Philodendron micans, mix 50% coconut coir with 25% perlite or sand and 25% composted soil.
Fresh potting soil should already contain good fertilizer, but it will eventually be devoid of nutrients as the philodendron uses it up. At the next growing season, use a balanced water-soluble fertilizer, following the instructions on the label. If you create your own potting soil, add new composted soil every time you repot to a larger pot.
Water and humidity
The main reason that Philodendron micans is so easy to care for is because it can tolerate inconsistent watering and a wide range of humidity levels. For the watering schedule, water deeply when the top 2 inches of soil feels dry. You can stick your finger in the soil or use a moisture meter.
Although Philodendron micans is from tropical climates, it can tolerate medium to low humidity levels. We have seen it do just well indoors in desert climates where the humidity can be 15% or lower. It will thrive if you increase the humidity such as by using a humidifier, but it is not entirely necessary for keeping it healthy.
Philodendron micans thrives in a warm environment, ideally between 65-85°F.
Philodendron Micans Common Pests
Philodendron micans is mostly pest-resistant, but it can still be susceptible to spider mites.
Since they proliferate quite rapidly, it's best to eliminate them quickly once you spot them. Small spider webs are a tell tale. Wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth, use soapy water for the areas that are infected, or use horticultural oils.
One way to ward off spider mites is by misting the leaves occasionally. Use distilled water if misting leaves.
Philodendron Micans Propagation
The easiest way to propagate Philodendron micans is via cuttings.
Using a sharp pair of shears of scissors, cut a stem with 1 or 2 nodes right above the node on the mother plant. The node is a growth point where new stems or leaves grow. Either place the cutting in water or soil. If you're using water, change it every week to prevent algae and mold. If using soil, you can optionally use rooting hormone or just stick it right into the soil. Keep the soil slightly moist until the cutting becomes established.
Philodendron Micans Tips and Tricks
Philodendron micans grows and propagates quickly. If you're looking for a plant to spread to various places in your home or share amongst with friends and family, micans is a great candidate.
Another good reason to share Velvet philodendron with others is its charming heart-shaped leaves! Makes a great Valentine's day gift.
Most people that have Philodendron micans say that the texture of the leaves are their favorite part of the plant. Keep the plant somewhere that is accessible so that you or your visitors can readily touch the luxurious velvety leaves!
Micans glows in the sun with its metallic sheen in green, bronze, copper, and rust. Place it in an area that receives morning or late afternoon sun to see its spectacular glow in the backdrop of sunlight.
Most people grow Philodendron micans as a trailing plant. If you'd like to encourage the plant to have bigger leaves, have it climb something, such as a moss pole.
Philodendron Micans Common Questions
How much does philodendron micans cost?
We at Cal Plants sell them for $12 - 24 based on size.
Why are the leaves of my philodendron micans wilting?
If the leaves of your philodendron micans are wilting, it is probably not getting enough water. Check the moisture level in the soil, and if it's dry, deeply water the plant. Going forward, do not allow the pot to go bone dry. Rather, let it slightly dry out in between waterings.
Why are the leaves of my philodendron micans turning yellow?
Yellowing leaves on a plant can be caused by lots of factors, and is difficult to diagnose by this symptom alone. It may be due to overwatering, underwatering, or a lack of nutrients. The first thing you should do is check the soil moisture level. If the soil is too wet, let it dry out before watering again. If the soil is too dry, water the plant deeply.
Why are the leaves of my philodendron micans veining?
If the overall leaves and veins are different colors, it is most likely due to a lack of nutrients. Add houseplant fertilizer. Also, examine for any pests and remove them if necessary.
How do you make philodendron micans bushy?
If your philodendron micans is healthy and happy with its conditions, the leaves will soon grow in and naturally become full. You can also selectively prune areas to promote multiple growth points.
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