Growth Pattern: Climbing - Requires support. If not provided with support, it will transition into a trailing growth pattern.
Leaf Color: New leaves emerge with a warm rosy hue, maturing into a deep green-black shade with a luxurious velvet texture.
Ideal Placement: This plant thrives in well-lit areas with no more than 2-3 hours of indirect sunlight. Placing it in an east-facing window is optimal. Avoid direct sunlight during midday and afternoon, as it can scorch the leaves. Morning sunlight is well-tolerated.
Watering: During spring and summer until early October, consider supplementing watering with green plant nutrition every other time.
Nutrition: Similar to watering, during spring and summer until early October, enrich the plant with nutrients every other watering.
Optimal Soil Blend: A well-draining soil mix is ideal. We recommend around 60% drainage materials, such as orchid bark, biochar, or gravel, in addition to potting soil.
Origin: This species originates from Central America, specifically thriving within the lush landscapes of Colombia.
Distinctive Traits: This plant adores moisture. Its prime growth is achieved in bathroom environments, near humidifiers, or within terrariums.
Species Insights: Philodendron melanochrysum, a cold-growing marvel, can produce leaves up to 1.5 meters in length, featuring shimmering black-green shades adorned with pale green veins. Emerging leaves often display delicate shades of light pink or green, adding a dark yet captivating expression to the plant.
In its native habitat of tropical America, it starts its journey freely climbing trees. Its juvenile form gracefully creeps along the jungle floor, boasting small round leaves ranging from 10 to 30 cm. Once it starts its climb, the leaves rapidly expand, reaching their full splendor. To support its growth, we recommend tying the plant to a moss pole or branch.
This plant was first described by Jean Jules Linden and Eduard-Francois André in 1873, capturing its timeless beauty.
Elevate your space with the captivating elegance of Philodendron Melanochrysum 'Velvet Elegance.' Reach out if you have any inquiries.