Welcome to our guide to philodendron lupinum care and propagation guide, we run down all you need to know.
The key to caring for this pant is to keep it humid, but don’t let it sit in soggy soil as they get root rot easily.
Philodendron Lupinum Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed a high-in-nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A standard potting mix with added perlite.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Leaf browning and yellowing.|
The philodendron lupinum, originally from Brazil, is a small heart shaped climbing philodendron. It’s leaves are velvety to the touch with dark pink under sides when young. And the good news it is an easy to look after house plant…
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Philodendron Lupinum Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is best, don’t give them direct sun though. They should be fine in the middle of the room, if you see them starting to get leggy, just move them a bit closer to the window.
How Often to Water
You do not want to over water this plant as they can get root rot easily. So make sure you check the soil each time before you water it and do not water it unless the top half of soil or more is dry. Check the soil weekly, it’s a good idea to check the leaves for pests at this time too.
Tip: this plant must not sit in soggy soil, I would be cautious about giving it too much water. Always check the soil and make sure it is mostly dry before watering, and don’t leave the plant stood in water after watered, tip out any water left in the saucer or external pot.
Feed your philodendron lupinum a high-in-nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer. Do not feed in colder months.
Philodendron Lupinum Soil
They need to be in a well draining medium to avoid water logging and root rot. You can add perlite to a normal potting compost for a quick and easy philodendron soil. But you can go further with a mix of orchid bark, perlite and potting compost in equal parts. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.
When To Repot
To grow well they should be not be allowed to get root bound. You can check the roots a couple of times a year and then pot them up in a bigger pot if needed. I check all my plants at easter time so they can be repotted to give the space to grow in the warmer growing months of spring and summer.
Tip: they love to climb, give them a moss pole or trellis and you’ll encourage much bigger leaf growth.
Aim for 60%, they tend to grow best in the higher humidity ranges. They will tolerate a bit lower though.
Aim for 17-27°C (63-80°F) in the daytime, they will be fine in most homes. Try to keep them above 12°C (54°F) at night r in the winter, anything much below for extended periods can damage them.
Philodendron Lupinum Vs Micans
When the philodendron lupinum is young it looks a lot like a micans, so can be mis-sold when the plants are younger, but when the lupinum matures it has shiny leaves, the micans does not. The lupinum can get a dark pink hue under it’s leaves too, a bit like a gloriousum.
How To Propagate Philodendron Lupinum
Take stem cuttings with at least one node and one leaf, and root them in sphagnum moss. It’s best to wait half a day before potting them up in moss to let any wounds callous over, as open wounds can rot more easily.
Keep cutting humid and moist and give plenty of indirect sunlight over two months. Then once rooted, pot up in soil. They are relatively easy to prop, good luck!
Yu can also water propagate these very easily, just take a cutting and let it callous over then roto it in water, making sure to keep any leaves from touching the water as that can cause the water to go cloudy and rot the cuttings.
Lupinum Philodendron Mature
When they are fully grown they look very different, the lupinum philodendron mature form has much larger leaves, and they are tri-lobed.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
It is toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and other symptoms so seek vets advice immediately.
philodendron lupinum price
There are small cuttings on line for 20 euros (20 USD), with bigger plants going for more.
philodendron lupinum USDA Zone
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Philodendron Lupinum Care FAQs and Common Problems
Leaf browning and yellowing are common issues – which can be due to over or underwatering, both can be remedied by checking your plant weekly but only watering it if the top half of soil is dry. At the weekly watering check the leaves for pests too as they can be a common issue.
- More info on the Kew Gardens plant page.
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