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Philodendron Scandens

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Philodendron ‘micans scandens’

There is a huge variety of philodendrons, at What The Flower we are big fans of the Araceae and philodendrons in particular! 

There's something for everyone: Philodendron 'pink princess' with pink speckled leaves, 'prince of orange' with its beautiful yellow, orange and red shades, 'gloriosum' with its huge, velvety green leaves...

Philodendrons can be found in different parts of the world, mostly in Asia and South America, in tropical forests. There are about 700 species.

Philodendrons come in an incredible variety of leaf shapes and colours.

As with the Monstera deliciosa, in the wild, the majority of philodendrons climb trees using their aerial roots, although some are a horizontally creeping port on the ground surface like the Philodendron gloriosum . 

The name Philodendron comes from the Greek word phileo, meaning "to love" and dendron meaning "tree".

The Philodendron micans scandens is native to South America.

It is a climbing Philodendron with beautiful green and bronze velvety heart-shaped leaves.

The Philodendron micans scandens will grow in many different light conditions. However, its growth will at best be in bright light without direct sunlight. The stems are long, the leaves small with large spaces between them. This means that the plant does not receive enough light.

As for the substrate, it will appreciate, like many philodendrons, a mixture of 50% white peat, 40% coconut fibre bark and 10% perlite.

Watering keeps the substrate always fresh by letting the surface dry slightly and do not hesitate to mist it regularly.

Toxicity

The Philodendron scandens micans, like many araceae, is made of a crystal called calcium oxalate. These crystals accumulate in all parts of the plant. 

If any part is ingested, it causes mild to severe symptoms depending on the amount taken. Be sure to keep the plant out of the reach of children and pets.