Welcome to our care guide to Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale…
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check the plant weekly, and water it if top half of the soil is already dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A well diluted balanced plant feed in the warmer months.|
|Soil:||A well draining potting mix.|
|Humidity:||50% or more.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering and leaf crisping from low humidity.|
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale is a hybrid known for its super colorful new leaves that harden off into green.
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is best, they do well with plenty of light, but can be a bit further back from the window too. No direct sun though.
How Often To Water A Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale
Check the plant weekly, and water it if top half of the soil is already dry. Do not water it if it is still mainly wet.
Tip: underwater this plant rather than overwater it, they must not sit in soggy soil as they get root rot easily. Check the soil and only water if mostly dry, and make sure you don’t leave the pot wat in any excess water.
Feed them a well diluted balanced plant feed in the warmer months, in spring and summer.
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale Soil
They hate to sit in water logged, wet soil, so use a well draining potting mix. If using a standard mix, add 20% perlite for drainage. You must avoid soggy soil, or you could get root rot, make sure that after watering there is not excess water left over in the tray or saucer under the plant. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.
When To Repot
Check the roots at about Easter time and repot the plant if the roots are starting to get crowded as tehy will need space to grow as the weather gets warmer.
50% or above is ideal as they are tropical houseplants and will thrive if given the right humidity. You can easily go to 60 or 70%, you want to get the best out of those leaves.
Tip: Keep them humid, aim for 50% in the day and they’ll be ok with a bit less at night. You can buy a humidity meter (affiliate link) to keep an eye on maximum and minimum levels.
They will do well in most homes as long as they do not get too cold. Aim for the range 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F). Try to keep them above 10°C (50°F) at night or in the winter.
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale Vs Prince Of Orange
The philodendron Mccolley’s finale has redder leaves, but the prince of orange’s leaves are orange when they emerge. The Mccolley’s finale leaves are wider too. They are quite similar plants other than this and are often confused.
Propagating Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale
You can propagate them relatively easily with a stem cutting, with one node and one leaf. The best medium for rooting is sphagnum moss, but you can use water, soil or leca too. Put the cutting in a warm and dry spot, keep it moist and humid and it will root in a few weeks. Once it has a decent sized root system you can pot it up into soil and treat it as a juvenile plant.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are moderately toxic to cat and dogs if eaten and can cause a variety of symptoms including vomiting. If you think your pet may have eaten any, contact your vet immediately and seek their advice.
Is It A Climber Or Crawler?
It is a self-heading philodendron. It is often sold as a climber, but it is self-heading.
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale USDA Zone
Zones 10-11. It will only grow outside if you minimum temperatures in winter are fairly high.
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale Vs Imperial Red
They both have red leaves when they emerge, but when they harden off and get older the Imperial Red’s leaves are very dark, the Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale has more normal green color leaves.
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale Size
They can grow to about half a meter (1 and a half feet) tall.
Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale Scientific Name
It’s scientific/botanical name is: Philodendron Mccolley’s Finale
Where To Buy
FAQs And Common Problems
Leaf crisping from low humidity, as well as leaf browning from overwatering are common issues. Keep the plant humid and in a well draining medium and you should avoid these. Also check for pests like fungus gnats on the leaves at watering time to be sure an infestation does not take hold.
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