Philodendron Oxapapense
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Philodendron Oxapapense Care

Here’s the lowdown on all you need to know about philodendron oxapapense care and propagation…

Philodendron Oxapapense Care Summary

Light needs:Medium indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check it once a week and only water if the top 50% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A balanced plant feed once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A rich, well draining soil.
Temperature:20-30°C (68-86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Over watering.


The philodendron oxapapense is a really beautiful climbing philodendron with thin elongated tri-lobed leaves on intricate stems.

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Philodendron Oxapapense Light Needs

Medium indirect sunlight is ideal up to brighter but indirect sun. No direct sunlight for this plant though, it will most likely burn.

How Often to Water

The plant does not want to sit in wet soil, so check it once a week and only water it if the top 50% of soil is already dry.

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 sat in any excess water.


Feed a balanced feed each month in the spring and summer months. In the hottest months you can up this to once every 2 weeks.


Use a rich, but well draining soil. If you use normal potting compost add 20% perlite to ensure the soil drains well and the roots do not sit it in heavy wet soil. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot

Take the plant out of its pot in Spring and see if the roots have enough room to grow in the forthcoming warmer growing months.

Tip: Give them to a moss pole to climb up. You can tie it to it encourage upward growth, tidy the aerial roots and encourage larger leaf growth.


60% or above is ideal, they will flourish if given the right humidity, but the leaves can dry and crisp up if not given enough. You can get a humidity meter fairly cheaply these days, and they are really handy in the drier parts of the year.


20-30°C (68-86°F) is best for this plant. They’ll be ok if they get colder at night, but try not to let them get down below 10°C.

Philodendron Oxapapense Propagation

To propagate a philodendron oxapapense take cuttings (with at least one node and one leaf) and root them in sphagnum moss over a month or two. Then pot up into soil when the roots have grown well.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

This plant can cause vomiting and if eaten, so seek vets advice if you think your cat has eaten any.

Philodendron Oxapapense Mature

AS they mature they develop their leaf shape and you the lobes are more pronounced.

Philodendron Oxapapense Aff

The philodendron oxapapense aff is a very closely related hybrid of the standard oxapapense. They are typically really similar but with a slight difference in characterisitc or growing pattern. Any seller that is selling an an ‘aff’ could be selling a different ‘aff’ hybrid than another, so keep this in mind when buying an philodendron oxapapense aff.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Or Etsy.

Philodendron Oxapapense Care FAQs and Common Problems

The biggest killer of this plant is overwatering, which can be easily remedied by only watering it if the top half of soil is dry and keeping the plant in a really well draining soil.

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