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Philodendron Calkins Gold has a way of lighting up the room with its glowing golden leaves. This philodendron is excellent for beginners who want to start exploring the world of hard-to-find and rare plants! Philodendron Calkins Gold requires very little care on your part. A little water, a warm place to rest its feet, and dappled light are all you will need to provide this alluring temptress with the good life! Let the soil dry out between watering as this lovely philodendron does not like consistently moist soil. This plant is toxic if ingested. Keep away from pets and small children. It may also cause skin irritation.
Philodendrons prefer bright indirect sunlight but can live in lower light conditions. When philodendrons receive less than 5 hours of indirect sunlight each day, their new leaves will emerge smaller, their vines will become leggy, and vibrant colors and variegation may fade! If you bring your philodendrons outside for the summer place them in a shady spot. Direct afternoon sunlight is a no-no for all philodendrons as the intense rays of the sun will burn the leaves, but early morning sun (from 6-8am) will do no harm. If your home does not have bright indirect sunlight, you can use artificial light as a supplement. We recommend LED grow lights turned on for 8-10 hours each day!
Water the soil thoroughly after the soil is almost completely dry. It is a good indication that it needs water when the leaves start wilting. Water more often in the growing season and reduce the frequency during the winter months. It is best to refrain from watering if you cannot decide if its time to add more. Larger plants can go weeks without water, but younger, less established plants need to be watered on a regular basis until their roots have fully developed. When you water your philodendrons, water them slowly, with room temperature water and always drain any excess water from the pot. If you notice that the soil has become compacted and or so dry that it looks like a a dried up river bed, then soak the entire root ball in a bucket of water for 10 minutes, or until the water has been thoroughly absorbed into the soil. This will loosen up the compacted soil.
All philodendrons love loose, nutrient-rich potting soil. Use a soil medium that can retain moisture but also allows for draining excess water to avoid root rot. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice. Make sure that there is plenty of organic matter, like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves, and avoid soils that contain moisture retaining crystals. If your soil drains too quickly, we recommend re-potting into a compost-rich soil mixture, with less drainage materials.
Most household temperature ranges (65-75°F) are adequate for these indoor plants. Temperatures under 55℉ will stunt their growth, and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be fatal for these tropical indoor plants.
As with most tropical indoor plants, Philodendrons will benefit from higher humidity, but will do fine in average household air. Higher humidity (over 50%) is always better for tropical houseplants. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!
Philodendrons benefits significantly from regular fertilizing because they are fast-growing houseplants! Use a weak solution (diluted to ¼ the recommended strength) of a complete liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the growing season. Do not fertilize during the winter months. Sometimes your indoor plants will grow all year long. If this is the case, fertilize them during obvious foliage growth with a ¼-strength diluted liquid fertilizer, or top dress the soil with worm castings or rich compost.
Vining, small-leaved philodendrons are moderate to fast-growing indoor vines and once established can grow to 10’+ indoors! Its best to keep them pruned to maintain a full, lush form. Non-vining philodendrons are slow-medium growers indoors. If they are given proper care and placed in a warm, bright environment, then they can give you all they can give!
Pet Friend or Foe
All philodendron are toxic to pets! Foe!
- When you trim back vines to make your plant fuller, you can propagate the cuttings by placing them in water. Remember to replace the water weekly!
- Staking your plant to climb upwards encourages larger leaf development.
- For philodendrons with colorful leaves, maintain their vibrancy by providing more light.
- Leaf drop is normal for indoor plants when they are acclimating to their new home. Although if many leaves are lost, then it could be other issues like over or under watering or a lack of light.
- Sometimes we over-love our indoor plants!
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