Welcome to our guide to the Philodendron Elegans, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs.
Philodendron Elegans Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil weekly and only water the plant is the top half of the soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Use a well diluted balanced fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A mix of orchid bark and perlite with potting compost.|
|Humidity:||60% and over.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Skeleton Key Philodendron.|
|Common issues:||Leaf yellowing and wilting from over watering.|
An attention grabbing houseplant, the Philodendron Elegans, has dep fenestrations, leaving elegantly slender, skeletal leaves.
Medium indirect sunlight is ideal. No direct as it will burn the leaves.
How Often To Water Philodendron Elegans
Check the soil weekly and only water the plant is the top half of the soil is dry. You do not want to overwater these as they get root rot easily.
Use a well diluted balanced fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer months.
They need to be well draining to avoid root rot, I use a mix of orchid bark and perlite with potting compost. For more on how to make your own philodendron soil see our guide: Philodendron Soil.
When to Repot Philodendron Elegans
They can grow quickly, so keep an eye on the roots and if they get crowded, give the plant a new home in a bigger pot.
Aim for 60% and over, those elegant leaves really like to be humid.
A good range in the daytime is 22-29°C (72-85°F), try to keep them above a minimum of 12°C (54°F) at night or in the winter.
How to Propagate Philodendron Elegans
You can water propagate a stem cutting, and when it has developed roots, pot it up into soil. It should take about 2 months.
Is Philodendron Elegans Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic to cats and dogs if consumed, so seek vets advice if your pets eats any.
Philodendron Elegans Vs Tortum
They are both deeply fenestrated philodendrons but you can tell the difference between them as the tortum is much thinner, and slender and more skeletal.
Skeleton Key Philodendron.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
They get leaf yellowing and wilting from over watering. Makes sure the plant is in a well draining soil, and that it does not sit in water. Let the soil dry out most of the way down before watering it again.
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