The key to philodendron esmeraldense care is to give it a really well draining potting medium and avoid waterlogging…
Philodendron Esmeraldense Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if most of the soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A high-in-nitrogen feed monthly in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A really well draining soil.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Pests like aphids.|
Originally from Esmeraldas in Ecuador, the philodendron esmeraldense is known for its broad, long, heart shaped glossy leaves.
Bright indirect light is optimal. No direct midday sun though. They ill be fine a bit further back from the window, just be careful as the lower light the darker the leaves can get, so bring it forward if it starts to fade.
How Often to Water
Check them once a week but do not water unless the majority of the soil is dry, you can check it with your finger. You need to be careful of root rot if the plant sits in soggy soil.
Philodendron Esmeraldense Fertilizer
A high in nitrogen feed is ideal, monthly in the spring and summer months.
Use a really well draining soil. Again this is to avoid the common issue of root rot. A cactus and succulent soil is better than a standard soil to be honest or a mix of the two.
When To Repot
Repot them when they outgrow their current pot. Check them regularly, but especially in spring.
70% humidity is best for this plant to get the best out of their leaves. I would use a humidifier, but you can spray them regularly.
Philodendron Esmeraldense Temperature
16-28°C (61-82°F) is a good range for these plants. They don’t need anything special as long as you avoid cold temperatures in the winter.
Philodendron Esmeraldense Narrow Form
The philodendron esmeraldense narrow form is a much thinner leaved variant of the esmeraldense. It is much rarer and costs a lot more because of this.
Anthurium Esmeraldense Vs Philodendron Esmeraldense
The anthurium has much smoother leaf edges, whilst the philodendron esmeraldense has rougher edges. The anthurium esmeraldense and philodendron esmeraldense are very different plants, but they have relatively similar leaf shapes. They are both from Ecuador.
Where To Buy
Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Philodendron Esmeraldense Care FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues are pests on those big leaves, so check for aphids and other pests when you water them.