Welcome to our guide to how to make a philodendron florida ghost white (and mint colored). I did an experiment to show how light affects the color of Florida Ghost leaves to see how to achieve those white or minty leaves. I run down all you need to know.
A philodendron Florida Ghost should be really close to a grow light to get that white leaf. Or for a mint colored leaf, a little bit further away but still under a lot of light.
What You’ll Need
You will need:
- A philodendron floridga ghost
- A grow light
How To Make A Philodendron Florida Ghost White
A philodendron Florida Ghost needs light to get that white color. If you have a grow light put the plant as close as you can to the light. This will encourage it to put out bright white leaves. You can give it plenty of sun too, but be careful of burning the leaves if giving it some direct sun, be ready to pull it back from the window if needed.
These two pictures below were taken 3 months apart, before this time the plant was not under a grow light. But during the 3 months it was under a grow light. You can see the plant in the second that the leaves are much brighter. You can also see that the plant has started to mature more with less rounded edge leaves, this is just due to age, not due to the lights.
Grow Lights Are Key!
The key to getting your Florida Ghost to put out white or mint leaves is to keep it REALLY close to the grow lights. You can see in the image below how close my plants are to two lights to get the light coloring. You want them almost touching the light.
Will It Keep That White Color?
Normally the white color will fade as the leaf grows older. You can do your best to keep the lighter colors by giving the plant a lot of light.
How To Make A Philodendron Florida Ghost Mint
The mint ghost is just a normal Florida Ghost, but the mint color comes from having some light, but not bright enough to make he leaves white. I really like the mint speckled coloration to be honest. You can see it on one of my plants in the picture below which has had grow light on it, but is not especially close.
If someone is selling a Florida Ghost mint it is not a different plant, the name just lets you know how close it was grown to a grow light.
Is Philodendron Florida Ghost Variegated?
The white coloring is not caused by variegation. It can fade back to green if not given enough light. So just give it more light if it reverts to darker green.
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