Philodendron Mamei Growers Guide NZ

Philodendron Mamei is a beautiful tropical plant that is native to Central and South America. The leaves of this plant are very large and can grow up to 3 feet long! The Philodendron Mamei is a very fast growing plant and can easily become overgrown if not given enough space to grow. This plant does best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions. It is important to keep the soil of this plant moist but not wet and to fertilize it every few weeks during the growing season. If you are looking for a fast growing, easy to care for plant, the Philodendron Mamei is a great choice!

Philodendron Mamei – New Zealand Growers Overview

Philodendron mamei is a tropical plant that is native to the rainforests of South America. The plant is also known as the false philodendron, because it is often confused with the true philodendron. The plant has large, shiny, dark green leaves that are shaped like hearts. The philodendron mamei is a fast-growing plant and can reach up to 10 feet in height. The plant is often used as a houseplant or in gardens. The philodendron mamei is not frost-tolerant and should be grown in a warm, humid environment. The plant prefers to grow in partial shade, but can also grow in full sun. The plant is not drought-tolerant and should be watered regularly. The philodendron mamei can be propagated by seed or by division.

Philodendron Mamei Care

Philodendron Mamei is a species of flowering plant in the family Araceae, native to Colombia. It is a climbing plant, growing to 20 m (66 ft) tall, with glossy, dark green leaves up to 60 cm (24 in) long and 20 cm (8 in) wide. The flowers are white, borne in terminal inflorescences. In cultivation, Philodendron Mamei is best suited to a humid, tropical environment. It prefers a position in partial shade, with moist, well-drained soil. Water regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Fertilise monthly during the growing season.

Light

Light is the most important factor for successful Philodendron Mamei growth. Mamei prefer bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light conditions. If you are growing your Mamei indoors, place it near a bright window. If you are growing your Mamei outdoors, place it in a spot that gets partial sun to shade.

Soil

Philodendron mamei is an easy plant to grow, and it is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. The ideal soil for this plant is a well-drained, loamy soil that is high in organic matter. This plant does not like to sit in wet soil, and it will rot if the roots are constantly wet. The ideal pH for philodendron mamei is between 6.0 and 7.0.

Potting and Repotting

If your Philodendron Mamei is growing too large for its pot, or if the potting mix has broken down and needs refreshing, it’s time to repot. 

To repot, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current pot, and fill it with fresh potting mix. Gently remove the plant from its current pot, taking care not to damage the roots, and place it in the new pot. Water well and keep the plant in a warm, bright spot.

Water

To water philodendron mamei, allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Water the plant deeply, and then allow the soil to drain thoroughly. Do not allow the plant to sit in water. Water philodendron mamei every one to two weeks during the growing season, and less often during the winter. To increase humidity around the plant, mist the leaves with water daily or set the pot on a tray of pebbles and water.

Pruning 

Pruning your Philodendron Mamei will encourage growth and keep your plant looking its best. Pruning also helps to control the size of your plant. To prune, simply cut back the stem to the desired height. Be sure to sterilize your pruning shears before use.

Temperature and Humidity

One of the most important things to consider when growing Philodendron Mamei is the temperature and humidity. The ideal temperature for Philodendron Mamei is between 18-24°C, and the ideal humidity is between 60-80%. If the temperature is too low, the leaves will start to turn yellow and the plant will become dormant. If the temperature is too high, the leaves will start to burn. If the humidity is too low, the leaves will start to brown and the plant will become stressed. If the humidity is too high, the leaves will start to rot. The best way to ensure that the temperature and humidity are ideal is to use a thermostat and a humidistat.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer is an important part of growing philodendron mamei. Use a balanced fertilizer with a NPK ratio of 20-20-20. Apply fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season in Summer.

Philodendron Mamei Propagation

Philodendron Mamei propagation is best done in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. Take a 4-6 inch cutting from a healthy Philodendron Mamei plant and remove the bottom leaves. Dip the cutting in rooting hormone and plant in a well-draining potting mix. Water the cutting well and place in a warm, bright location out of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and in 4-6 weeks you should see new growth. Once the plant is established, you can treat it like a normal Philodendron Mamei plant.

Common Brasil Pests & Diseases

There are a few common pests and diseases that can affect Philodendron Mamei plants in NZ. These include:

  • Powdery mildew: This is a white powdery fungus that can grow on the leaves of Philodendron Mamei plants. It is most commonly seen in humid conditions.
  • Aphids: These small green insects can suck the sap out of Philodendron Mamei leaves, causing them to yellow and curl up.
  • Mealybugs: These are white, woolly insects that feed on the sap of Philodendron Mamei plants. They can cause the leaves to yellow and drop off.
  • Spider mites: These tiny spider-like creatures can cause brown spots on Philodendron Mamei leaves. They are most commonly seen in dry, warm conditions.

Common Problems With Philodendron Mamei

One of the most common problems with Philodendron Mamei is that the leaves can develop brown spots. These spots are usually caused by too much sun exposure or by water stress. If you notice that the leaves of your plant are starting to develop brown spots, you should move it to a location that gets less sun and make sure to water it regularly.

Another common problem with Philodendron Mamei is that the stems can become weak and break easily. This is usually caused by incorrect watering. If you water your plant too much, the roots will rot and the stem will become weak. If you water your plant too little, the stem will become dried out and will eventually break. The best way to water your Philodendron Mamei is to stick your finger into the soil. If the soil is dry up to your first knuckle, then it is time to water your plant.

If you notice that the leaves of your Philodendron Mamei are starting to turn yellow, this is usually a sign of nutrient deficiency. You can provide your plant with the nutrients it needs by using a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.

Finally, Philodendron Mamei can sometimes be susceptible to pests such as aphids and mealybugs. If you notice any of these pests on your plant, you should treat it with an appropriate pesticide.

Buying a Philodendron Mamei

When looking to buy a Philodendron Mamei, it is important to find a reputable grower who can provide you with a healthy plant. In New Zealand, there are a few growers that specialize in Philodendron Mamei plants, so do your research to find the best one for you.

When you have found a reputable grower, take a look at the plant to make sure it is healthy and has no pests or diseases. Also, make sure to ask about the plant’s care requirements so that you can provide it with the proper care once you bring it home.

Once you have found a healthy Philodendron Mamei plant, take it home and carefully pot it in well-draining soil. Water the plant regularly, but do not over-water, as this can lead to root rot. Provide the plant with bright, indirect light and fertilize every other month. With proper care, your Philodendron Mamei will thrive and provide you with beautiful foliage for many years to come.

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