Philodendron Paraiso Verde Care Infographic
Philodendron Paraiso Verde Care Infographic

Philodendron paraiso verde is a very costly plant. But is it difficult to look after? Absolutely not! Learn how to look after it in this comprehensive guide by our veteran Philodendron experts.

What Is Philodendron Paraiso Verde?

The Philodendron paraiso verde plant is quite an expensive plant but highly sought after because of its foliage. It has long leaves with multiple shades of green. Very thin stems give it a life-like crawling habit. In your home environment, it will only grow up to fifteen to twenty inches tall.

Philodendron Paraiso Verde Care

Care for the Philodendron paraiso verde plant by giving it indirect light, regular water, moderately high temperatures, and humidity levels. Additionally, fertilize with organic or chemical fertilizer, keep reading further with the provided details below.

– Water Requirements 

Philodendron paraiso verde very costly plantWater this plant with clean water at least once a week, depending on the weather of your region. You might need to water it less frequently during winter.

The Philodendron paraiso verde plant is quite sensitive when it comes to its watering requirements. Both underwatering and overwatering are not well-tolerated.

– Use Deep Watering Techniques 

The deep watering technique involves using plenty of water each time. Keep pouring water at the base of the plant slowly until it is absorbed completely by the soil. When you see water coming out of the drainage hole, only then stop watering.

– Use Clean Water

Distilled water is the safest for giving to your Philodendron plant. It is free from all toxins and minerals than common tap water is full off.

If you have no choice but to use common tap water, then let it sit overnight in a bucket first. Let chlorine and other minerals settle at the bottom and then pour this water on your plant.

– Light Requirements 

Philodendron paraiso verde grows best in dappled indirect light. Find out where to keep it in the coming sections.

– Growing Philodendron Inside the House

Indoors, place this plant in the brightest room of your house. You can keep it as near the windows as possible without it being under direct sunlight.

The eastern or the western windows in the room work greatly. Even direct light from these windows is tolerable enough.

As for the southern-facing window, always cover it during the afternoon as this sunlight is quite harsh and might cause sunburn.

– Growing Philodendron Outside the House

Place this plant under some sort of a shade when growing in a yard. Placing it under the partial shade of a larger tree or plant will recreate the dappled sunlight that this plant experiences in its natural habitat.

– Soil

Choose a well-draining, loose soil for your plant. Read below to learn some of the important properties that must be present in the Philodendron paraiso verde soil.

– High in Organic Content

The Philodendron plant needs soil that is very nutritious and high in organic content. For this purpose, you can add peat moss to it. Peat moss will also retain moisture without contributing to waterlogging.

– Loose and Permeable

The soil should be permeable enough to drain the water out of it quickly. You can use bark, charcoal, or coco coir to the soil to loosen the particles of the soil.

– Acidic

Acidic soil is the most suitable for Philodendron paraiso verde. It also helps to prevent infections and allows the plant to absorb the nutrients from it efficiently.

– Temperatures 

Maintain the temperature in the range of 64 to 98 degrees Fahrenheit around the Philodendron paraiso verde plant. These high temperatures should be maintained at all times even during winters.

Some care tips you must exercise during winters are as follows.

  • Move the plant from an outdoor to an indoor environment during frost.
  • Don’t keep the windows open inside the house, especially at night. The cold drafts of air from outside will retard the growth of this plant in the upcoming spring season.
  • Don’t keep under a vent or air conditioning units even during summertime.

– Humidity 

60 to 70 percent is the required humidity level for the Philodendron paraiso verde plant. However, this plant can also tolerate occasional dips in the moisture levels of the air.

– Fertilizer

The Philodendron paraiso verde plant is only a medium-level feeder. It needs to be fertilized every four to six weeks during the growing period from spring till late summer. In the fall and winter, fertilize after two months.

Read below to learn what are the options you have regarding fertilizers.

– Commercial Fertilizers

Use a balanced commercial fertilizer with an NPK value of 20 20 20 or 10 10 10. These fertilizers have an equal amount of all the essential nutrients that your plant needs.

Always dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength given on the label. Coordinate watering and fertilizing together. This saves your plant from developing fertilizer burns.

– Organic Fertilizers

Organic fertilizers are obviously not as rich in nutrients as commercially produced ones but they are still very beneficial. For the Philodendron paraiso verde plant, we mix ground coffee beans with eggshells and banana peels and add it to the soil.

It is the most nutritious organic mixture for your plant. Similarly, you can also add compost to your soil at the time of repotting for enriching it.

– Grooming

  • Regularly clean your plant along with inspecting it for signs of disease or pests.
  • Remove and cut off dead, diseased, or old leaves frequently. This will free up nutrients for the younger leaves as well as make space for proper air circulation.
  • This plant has very thin stems in relation to its leaves and is more or less a vine. It grows well if supported by a moss stick which allows it to creep up.

– Repotting

Repot Philodendron paraiso verde during early spring. This allows the plant a lot of time to put down its roots and becomes well established before winter dormancy sets in. 

Your plant roots will begin to grow out of its pot from the sides and the drainage hole whenever it wants to indicate a change of pot. The new pot should be only 5 inches larger than the previous one. 

Philodendron paraiso verde growth rate is quite fast under favorable cultural conditions and you might find yourself having to repot this plant every year.

 

Propagation 

You can propagate Philodendron paraiso verde only using stem cuttings. This plant cannot be propagated via seeds. The aptest time to carry out this endeavor is during early to late springtime.

– Repot Using Stem Cuttings

You can use stem cuttings and place them either directly in the soil or first in water and then in the soil. Read a more detailed guide below.

– Stem Cutting

Use a clean and disinfected gardening knife for taking a stem cuttings for propagation. This makes sure that your cuttings remain healthy and safe from infections.

Your stem cutting should be 3 to 4 inches long. It should also have three to four leaf nodes in it. Remove all but one leaf remaining in it. Then dry the cutting by placing it on a piece of paper towel. Also, apply rooting hormone on both ends of the cutting.

– Propagating in Water

Take a transparent jar or bucket of water and fill it with water. Place the stem cutting upright inside it. You might need to use some sort of support to keep it upright.

Place this jar in a warm, bright location where plenty of indirect sunlight passes through. Keep changing the water every week until you begin to see new growths emerging from the leaf nodes.

When the baby roots start to come out, it is then time to start acclimatizing your baby plant to the dark, oxygen-deprived conditions of the soil. Pour one tablespoon of soil into this water every day until all of the water is eventually replaced by the soil. 

By this time the plant will have developed roots long enough to be transplanted to an actual pot in the soil.

– Propagating In Soil

Propagating in the soil is relatively straightforward. Take a small pot and fill it with the appropriate potting medium. Place the cutting in a small hole made in the center of the soil upside down.

The single leaf still remaining in the cutting should be above the soil level. Place this pot in a place with high temperature and humidity. Keep it moist for the first couple of days.

In three to four weeks, shoots will emerge which is an indication that your propagation has been successful.

Problems 

Your plant might suffer from an insect attack or its leaves might turn brown and start curling at the edges. Discover how to deal with these problems in the best way possible here.

– Pests

Philodendron paraiso verde plant is prone to suffering from all the common pests and insects that typically attack houseplants. These include aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects.

All of these feed on the nutrition-filled sap of your plant, consequently, the plant becomes weak and succumbs to other problems.

– How To Tell Whether Your Plant Has Pests?

The leaves of the affected plant will develop yellow, brown, or white spots on them. Take a closer at the upper surface of the leaves: sometimes prominent puncture marks will be evident.

Some larger-sized insects such as mealybugs and scale insects will be easily visible to the eye. Their favored hiding spots are below the cluster of leaves.

Many of these bugs also secrete their sticky digestive juice on the leaves. This juice traps mold which is also evident on inspection.

– How To Get Rid of Pests

The first thing you need to do is to manually remove as many pests as you can. Take a tissue paper or a cotton roll and get to work. Then take the pot to a sink and thoroughly wash the plant. If you have a water jet, use it to dislodge the more stubbornly attached insects on the plant.

Apply neem oil to the insects and the affected areas of the leaves. It is a natural insecticide that is pretty effective when it comes to bugs.

Lightly spray with a moderately strong insecticide spray every day until you are sure that your plant is free of all the bugs.

– Leaves Curling

The edges of the leaves curling might be due to either low humidity, underwatering or overwatering. Determine what is causing this problem in order to treat it.

You can determine the humidity levels by using an instrument called a hygrometer. Underwatering and overwatering are determined by inserting a stick into them. It will come out either dry or moist. Moreover, once you have identified what the problem is, you can manage your plant accordingly.

– Leaves Turning Brown

Underwatering will cause the edges of the paraiso verde leaves to turn crisp, brown, and sunburnt. This is one of the earliest indications of excessive sunlight before the whole leaf turns brown and falls off.

Check your soil: if it is dry more than halfway through and crumbly, then this means that your plant is in urgent need of water.

The leaves that have already turned brown will not go back to normal. However, more leaves will be prevented from being ruined.

Conclusion 

Finding all this too much to digest? Let’s go through the basics one more time.

  • Philodendron paraiso verde is a Caribbean species that is known for its leaves with multiple hues of green in them.
  • Keep this plant in a bright room lit with indirect light. When kept outside, place under the shade of a tree.
  • This plant likes to be watered deeply each time the top two inches of its soil becomes dry. Plant it in acidic soil that is equal parts moisture-retaining organic and equal parts loose well-draining.
  • Maintain temperatures within a range of 64 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity at 60 to 70 percent.
  • This plant cannot be propagated through seeds. Instead, use stem cuttings with water or soil as a growth medium. Repot this plant every year during springtime.

The Philodendron paraiso verde plant is super easy to care for and propagate using stem cuttings. A little effort on your part in giving it indirect light and warmth and your plant will thrive like no other.

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