Philodendron Mamei
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Philodendron Mamei Care

The philodendron mamei is an impressive philodendron that is easy to care for, read on for all you need to know…

Philodendron Mamei Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight, no direct.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A high-in-nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:80% potting compost, 20% perlite.
Temperature:13ºC – 27ºC (55°F – 80°F).
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Leaf drop, yellowing or drooping due to overwatering.


The philodendron mamei is rare philodendron similar to a sodiroi with big ribbed heart shaped leaves. Here’s a simple but thorough guide to this stunner…

See also: Philodendron Splendid, Philodendron Florida Ghost, Philodendron White Knight, Philodendron Thai Sunrise Care.

Philodendron Mamei Light Needs

They do best in bright but indirect sunlight, but no direct sun which can burn the leaves.

How Often to Water

Check your plants once a week but only water them if the top half of the soil is dry.


Use a high in nitrogen feed once a month in the spring and summer months to encourage leaf growth.


Add some perlite to regular potting compost to aid drainage. about 20% of the mix should be perlite. This will stop the soil holding on to moisture as much and dramatically reduce the risk of root rot which is one of the biggest issues with a philodendron like this.

For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Repot them once a year in spring to refresh the soil and give the roots more space.

Tip: It is a crawling philodendron, but it likes to climb, so train it up a moss pole to give it structure.


60% humidity is ideal. A bit less is ok, but these will flourish if given the high end of household humidity or even a bit more.


13ºC – 27ºC (55°F – 80°F) is advisable, don’t let them get too cold in the winter.

Where To Buy

Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Silver Cloud. Philodendron Mame (it should be ‘Mamei’).

Philodendron Mamei Care FAQs and Common Problems

You can get wilting or dropping of leaves as well as leaf yellowing, and even root rot, which are all due to over watering. If you get yellowing on a mamei then dry out the soil and water it less regularly. Do not over water a philodendron!

Philodendron Mamei Vs Silver Cloud

The philodendron mamei and silver cloud, although very similar, can be told apart as the mamei has more green that silver and the silver cloud has more silver on it’s leaves, also the silver cloud has rounder leaves.

There is a lot of confusion here as there are p. mameis sold as silver clouds or ‘mamei silver clouds’, which are philodendron mameis. However there is a similar but a slightly different plant sold as a philodendron silver cloud. I think that it is a hybrid a of the mamei to be honest, but cannot confirm that, if you are a breeder of these, please get in touch. Either way they are both very similar and beautiful silver philodendrons that are easy to grow.

Philodendron Mamei Vs Sodiroi

You can tell the difference easily between a philodendron mamei and a sodiroi by looking at the petiole (the stalk that attaches the leaf to the main plant). It is green on the mamei and a reddy green on the sodiroi. The sodiroi has much more silver on it too, the leaf is majority silver covered, the mamei’s leaves are more green than silver.

Difference Between Philodendron Mamei And Plowmanii

The main difference is the Plowmanii does not have silver on it, unlike the Mamei, which does, so they are easy to tell apart. Other than that they have very similar leaf shapes.

Is Philodendron Mamei A Climbing Philodendron?

Technically the mamei is crawler like the gloriosum, but it does so it a way that it can be staked to a pole, so it often appears as a climbing philodendron. I would describe it as ‘climbing crawler’ (I don’t know if that’s an official term, you heard it here first!).

How To Propagate Philodendron Mamei

Take a cutting with oen leaf and one node, and root it in moist sphagnum moss. You a use other mediums like water, soil or leca, but I find moss is best for rooting. Kee it warm, humid and in medium indirect sunlight. It should root in the next two months. You can then plant it up into leca or soil and treat it as a juvenile plant.

Philodendron Mamei Vs Plowmanii

The mamei and plowmanii are really similar. The best way to tell the difference is by looking at the petiole. The mamie has ruffled petioles. The leaves on both are heart shaped but the mamei is slightly rounder.

Philodendron Mamei Vs Mamei Aff

The mamie aff is a cose hybrid of the mamei. Aff means ‘affinity to’. Some hybrids are different to others but in general it is very similar to the mamei but most are bread for more silver on the leaves.

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