Philodendron 'ring of fire'
Philodendron Ring of Fire
If you're thinking, "with a name like philodendron ring of fire, this can't be any ordinary houseplant," you would be correct.
Nicknamed after its flame-like colors and unusual leaf shape, philodendron ring of fire has become a very popular, rare plant.
If you're looking for a houseplant to make a bold statement in the home, this plant would make an excellent candidate.
Philodendron Ring of Fire Appearance
Philodendron ring of fire is thought to be a hybrid between philodendron Wendlandii and philodendron Tortum. If you're familiar with these two plants, you would see how philodendron ring of fire got its growth pattern and leaf shape.
There are many varieties of philodendron ring of fire which sport different colors and color patterns. The one we carry has lime green, yellow-green, and orange leaves and stems. The leaves are mostly solid in color, but some have blotches of different colors. No two leaves are alike.
The mature leaves are serrated in the margins, earning the plant another nickname, "Sawtooth philodendron." This unique leaf shape is very noticeable, even from far away. Younger leaves have a simple elongated teardrop shape that tapers at the ends.
Philodendron ring of fire will rarely bloom indoors. When it does bloom, it produces a spadix surrounded by a light-colored spathe.
Vining growth suitable for a hanging basket or trellis for climbing. Stems grow out in a ring pattern from the center of the plant.
Philodendron Ring of Fire Care
Philodendron ring of fire 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 ring of fire, 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
Water philodendron ring of fire deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry. You can stick your finger in the soil or use a moisture meter.
As a tropical plant, philodendron ring of fire will thrive in high humidity conditions. If your home is dry, use a humidifier or make sure the water in the entire soil never completely dries out.
Philodendron ring of fire thrives in a warm environment, ideally between 65-85°F.
Philodendron Ring of Fire Common Pests
Philodendron ring of fire 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 Ring of Fire Propagation
The easiest way to propagate Philodendron ring of fire 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 Ring of Fire Tips and Tricks
Philodendron ring of fire makes for sophisticated home decor, with its striking leaf shape and vibrant colors. Use as a focal point.
Makes for a great gift for people that enjoy art and design as well as rare and unique houseplants.
Ring of fire grows in a rosette pattern, growing stems out in a ring from the center. It's a slow growing plant, but eventually, it will need horizontal space to spread out.
Philodendron Ring of Fire Common Questions
How much does philodendron ring of fire cost?
We at Cal Plants sell them for $74.
Is philodendron ring of fire a rare plant?
Yes, philodendron ring of fire is rare and not easily available for purchase at nurseries and online stores. We're pleased to offer it to you at a fair price that's lower than what many stores sell it for.
How much light does my philodendron ring of fire need?
Philodendron ring of fire prefers bright, indirect light. Too little light will result in straggly growth and etiolation. Too much direct light, especially in the afternoon, will result in burning of leaves.
How can I make my philodendron ring of fire grow faster?
Philodendron ring of fire grows relatively slowly. To stimulate growth, make sure it gets its ideal water and sunlight, and fertilize it during the growing season.
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