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Philodendron Rugosum Care Basics
Having the Philodendron Rugosum Pig Skin plant, you are one lucky person. So naturally, you need to keep it as close to its natural habitat to thrive; you can find all the info right here.
Humidity and Temperature
Now that you know you can keep this Philodendron Rugosum flower in the home, it needs the proper humidity and temperature. As it is a tropical plant, it does not love the cold. The ideal temperature ranges from 55° to 90° F. If the temperature is too high, it will bake. Below, you start noticing yellowing or dropping leaves.
Yet, if you live in a tropical place, you can quickly grow it outside. In any other space with escalating temperatures in the home, keep it away from drafts in the winter season. The plant is resilient to withstand the average humidity levels in the house.
However, increasing the humidity makes this foliage thrive with dark full-sized green leaves. Furthermore, they love an occasional misting and are happier if you have a humidifier in their living space.
Everything is set for your plant according to humidity, the temperature so what is next. You need to find a perfect spot for your Philodendron Rugosum, and it requires just the right light to survive. Your tropical plant grows well in dappled shade or partial sun.
The Rugosum can handle more bright indirect light as it grows faster with larger leaves. Therefore, you can place it at an eastern-facing window or a bit further away from the south side windows as too little light makes it grow slow. When you take care of this plant, the results of the Philodendron Rugosum aberrant form are outstanding.
The leaves are more rough and textured but can also have slightly curved edges.
What Size Pot Do You Need?
You will receive your tropical plant in a pot, but it helps to know that it will need a pot size two inches bigger when the time comes to replant it. You can check the repotting section on how to do this right here with us.
When it comes to soil requirements, your Pigskin Philodendron is a fussy plant. It needs well-drained ground to prevent the water from remaining, causing root rot. You can mix one part perlite, one part orchid bark, and one part peat soil to make your foliage thrive.
The orchid bark is one of the best things to use as the roots attach to it as in their habitat. If you prefer, you can add gravel or charcoal to the mix to make it more aerated and slightly acidic. Acidic soil has less than a 6.5 pH value.
Now that you know more about suitable soil, it is time to learn the Philodendron Rugosum care using water. Here is where you will notice that the Rugosum differs from other Philodendron plants. The plant loves moist soil and prevents the top couple of inches of the ground from drying out.
Plantly recommends you soak it well in water instead of water as you do with your other houseplants from the top. You can hang it in a decorative pot with water for up to an hour allowing the roots to drink up and helping the bark to soak. Then, empty the pot and let your nursery pot drain out the rest of the water. You can do this once a week but water as needed.
Droopy leaves can mean you are over or under-watering them.
The next step is to make sure you provide your plant with fertilization once a month, from spring to summer. In winter, you can feed them every eight weeks. The best is to use a liquid fertilizer and dilute it half the strength. Alternatively, use organic fertilizer instead, and best done after watering to avoid burning.
As mentioned, the Philodendron Rugosum flower grows fast and may need repotting once a year. You have invested in a pot size bigger. Now put on your pair of gloves with long-sleeves before starting this plant is poisonous.
- Water the soil well a day before transplanting to dislodge it from the pot.
- Check all the roots for signs of rotting or disease, and if infected, trim them away. A healthy root has a white or tan color. If the roots are tight in a ball, make four vertical incisions from top to bottom.
- Get your potting mix, place it to the bottom, and put your plant into the container.
- Fill it with potting and press firmly to remove air pockets.
- Water well and leave it to drain through the holes.
How to Propagate Philodendron Rugosum
Propagation of the Philodendron Rugosum Pig Skin you can do in many ways:
- Dividing Rhizomes, corms, bulbs, tubers, and offsets
- From herbaceous, stem cuttings
- Using the woody stem cutting
- Stooling, mound, or air layering
We prefer using the most common one, and that is stem cutting:
- Start by selecting a branch to cut using a sterilized knife and cut below one node. If possible, include an aerial root or two.
- You can place the branch in soil or water. If you choose ground, use the recommended potting with vermiculite and moisten it.
- When going, the water root makes sure the vessel is big enough to cover the nodes. Remove the leaves except for two from the top before planting or placing them in water.
- When planting in the ground, keep it moist during this time and place it in a warm, brightly lit area without drafts or direct sunlight.
- Once it roots, you can place it in a soil mix if using the water method. If planted directly into the ground, you move it to the proper lighting, temperature, and humidity where you had it displayed before.
Before you head out and buy the Pigskin Philodendron, we recommend you check the growth zones first. The plant thrives in the USDA zones 10b to 11. Furthermore, the plant can live outdoors if you stay in California, San Bernardino, Florida, and Miami. Yet, it grows well in a container needing support to climb, as it is a vine plant.
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