If you love the serrated leaves of the ‘Winterbourn,’ then here’s all the information on How to Grow and Care for Philodendron Xanadu in India!
‘Winterbourn’ is one of the best houseplants to grow, thanks to its green, shiny, leathery leaves. Unlike other Philos, it grows in clumps instead of vines and reaches up to 3-4 feet in height. If you are thinking of growing this tropical beauty, then here is the complete guide on How to Grow and Care for Philodendron Xanadu.
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How to Propagate Philodendron Xanadu
You can divide a well-grown plant to multiply. Take the plant out of the pot carefully and separate the root ball into 2 or 3 sections using a sanitized knife. Once you have divided the root clumps into sections, plant each one into separate pots filled with potting mix.
Snip off 3-4 inches long side shoot or stem from the plant and remove all the bottom leaves. Now, apply some rooting hormone at the cut section and plant it in a container filled with potting mix. The new roots will appear within 3-4 weeks.
Note: As a best practice, always purchase a well-grown plant from a nursery.
Growing Requirement for Philodendron Xanadu
This plant does well in bright but indirect sunlight and appreciates some morning direct sunlight. For indoors, keep it at a south-facing window, as less light can make the plant go stretch towards the light source. However, do make sure that it is not exposed to the harsh afternoon sun.
As a thumb rule, water the plant when the topsoil feels dry to touch. Water it deeply until it starts coming out of the bottom holes. Also, make sure to let the soil dry before the next watering. Cut down the watering rate during winters.
Any well-draining potting mix will be best for the plant. You can also DIY the same by mixing equal parts of parts peat or coconut coir, perlite, and compost.
The plant does well in the day time temperature of 24-28°C with a night temperature of 18-21°C.
Philodendron Xanadu is fond of high humidity, but it will also do well in the average temperature of Indian homes. To aid its growth, keep a tray filled with water beneath the container.
Philodendron Xanadu Care
Use a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10, diluted to half of its strength. Refer to the label for instructions. Avoid feeding the plant in winters.
The plant should be re-potted as soon as it starts becoming root bounded, or when the roots start coming out of the drainage holes. Re-pot the plant with fresh potting soil and choose a pot that is at least 2-3 inches larger than the rootball.
Philodendron does not require any regular pruning. Just snip away any yellow or damaged leaves from time to time.
Pests and Diseases
The plant is rarely attacked by pests but may be susceptible to mealybug and aphids. You can knock them off by using a strong jet of water or apply neem oil or soap solution to deter them away.