Philodendron melanochrysum is within the Aroid family of plants and this specific species can produce up to 1.5 meter long leaves of iridescent black green with pale green veins. New leaves often come in a light pink or light green color which gives the rest if the plant a dark and elegant look. The plant is climbing up trees in tropical America, its juvenile form crawls along the jungle floor and has small 10-30 cm round leaves. Once it starts climbing a tree, the leaves quickly increase in size and come to their full glory. Therefore, we recommend putting the plant up around a moss stake or branch that it can climb on and which gives it support. The plant was described by Jean Jules Linden and Eduard-Francois André in 1873.
Water: The plant loves moisture - it grows best either in a bathroom environment, near a humidifier or in a terrarium. It likes to be moist but not wet so make sure to have a good soil with drainage.
Light: The plant prefers a bright position without direct sunlight for more than 2-3 hours, placing the plant in an east-facing window is good. Avoid direct sunlight in the middle of the day or in the afternoon as it can burn the leaves of the plant, direct sunlight in the morning is ok.
Nutrition: During spring and summer until the beginning of October, green plant nutrition can be added with every second watering.
Soil: An airy and draining soil mix is best. We recommend approximately 60% draining material in addition to potting soil such as orchid bark, biocoal or gravel.
Origin: The species originates from Central America and has its range in Colombia.
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