Welcome to our guide to philodendron mexicanum care and propagation. The main key to caring for this plant is to not let it sit in wet soil…
Philodendron Mexicanum Care Summary
|Light needs:||Plenty of indirect sunlight, but no direct.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if soil is mostly dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining and rich potting mix.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Root rot, pests on leaves.|
The philodendron mexicanum is a climbing philodendron with long arrow-head shaped leaves that start off light green in color and then harden off to a darker green as they get older. It’s a really nice philodendron if you like these long leaved varieties.
Philodendron Mexicanum Light Needs
Give your plant plenty of indirect sunlight, but no direct. They will grow best in bright light but must not get direct sun, I would put them to the side of a south facing window, so it is really bright but avoid direct scorching sun.
How Often to Water
To ensure you do not over or underwater your plant you should check the soil every week, and water it as long as it is mostly dry.
Tip: would be cautious when watering this plant, they must not sit in wet soil. As they can get root easily. So it is important to only water them when most of the soil is dry. I also make sure I tip out any water that is in the tray under the plant.
Feed your plant once a month in the spring and summer months a balanced plant feed.
A well draining soil is essential, make sure it is better draining than a standard compost. Add perlite if you can, so that it make up about a fifth of the soil mix. You can go further and make a mix of equal pat perlite, orchid bark and potting compost for a really airy and chunky mix, I use this for most of my plants. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.
How To Propagate Philodendron Mexicanum
For best results, use sphagnum moss to propagate your philodendron mexicanum. Take a cutting with one leaf and node and put it in moist sphagnum moss. It will root in a month or two, just keep it moist and humid with some indirect sun. When it starts to grow new leaves and has a good root system you can pot it up in a new pot.
When To Repot A Philodendron Mexicanum
Repot this plant every spring, and make sure it has plenty of room to grow in the forthcoming growing months.
Tip: I check all my plants at Easter time and look at the roots, then pot them up a size if they are starting to get crowded. This way they will have room to grow over warmer growing months.
60% humidity is ideal for a philodendron mexicanum. I would get a humidity meter to monitor max and min levels so you can keep an eye on it. These plants thrive in decent humidity.
Philodendron Mexicanum Temperature
18-27°C (64-81°F) is a great range for your plant during the day, so it will be fine in most homes, as long as you keep it out of drafts in winter. Try to keep it above 10°C (50°F) at night or in the winter.
Is It Toxic to Cats?
They are toxic to cats and dogs and can cause sickness and oral numbness. If you think your pet has eaten any, seek vets advice immediately.
philodendron mexicanum USDA Zone
Zones 10 to 12.
Is It a Climber or Crawler?
Philodendron Mexicanum is a climbing philodendron.
Jerry Horne Philodendron Vs Mexicanum
They are really similar you can tell them apart as the Jerry Horne has a pointed ‘wing’ on each lobe.
Philodendron Mexicanum Vs Atabapoense
The are similar plants but you can tell the difference as the p. mexicanum has bigger lobes to it’s leaves that the p. atabapoense. See also: Philodendron Atabapoense Care.
Philodendron 69686 Vs Mexicanum
They are similar plants, but the mexicanum’s leaves has dark pink undersides. For more see our article: Philodendron 69686 Care.
Where To Buy
Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Philodendron Mexicanum Care FAQs and Common Problems
Philodendrons are particularly susceptible to root rot, so be careful when watering. Also check for pests regularly so infestation cannot take hold.