Philodendron Painted Lady
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Philodendron Painted Lady

Welcome to our guide to the philodendron painted lady…

Philodendron Painted Lady Summary

Light needs:Bright but indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water it if the top inch or 2 cm of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A balanced plant feed once a month in the summer months.
Soil:A standard potting mix with added perlite.
Temperature:20°C to 26°C (68-79°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Pests on the leaves, over watering.


The philodendron painted lady is loved for it’s mottled, light-green elongated heart-shaped leaves. It’s a hybrid of a philodendron burgundy and an emerald queen. And it is relatively easy to care for as long as you meet a few care needs…

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Philodendron Painted Lady Light Needs

A philodendron painted lady will do best in bright but indirect sunlight, but they can also do fine a bit further back from the window in medium indirect light conditions. They have variegated leaves that will really thank you the more indirect light you give them! Just don’t let them burn in direct sun. If you have a grow light it can really help in the winter to keep the variegation bright.

How Often to Water

Check your plant once a week and water it if the top inch or 2 cm of soil is dry.


Use a balanced plant feed once a month in the summer months.

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A standard potting mix with some added perlite for drainage is ideal. You should make sure you have a well draining compost, as with most philodendrons they are susceptible to root rot.

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

When To Repot

Repot it when it becomes root bound. The best time of year is in spring as it has the growing season ahead of it to grow into it’s new pot. You can do it year round though.

Philodendron Painted Lady Humidity

Philodendrons like this like 50% humidity. Most households are 30-50%, so give them a misting two or thee times a week.


20°C to 26°C (68-79°F) is an ideal range during the day, and 10°C (50°F) as a minimum at night or in the winter.

Where To Buy

Support your local plant shop when you can, if they don’t have one try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Philodendron Painted Lady Propagation

The key to propagating a philodendron painted lady is to let the cuttings callous over for at least an hour before putting it in it’s medium, this will massively reduce the rate of rot that can occur.

Follow these steps to propagate:

  1. Take a cutting with at least one node and one leaf.
  2. Let the cuttings callous over for an hour or two so that the wound seals.
  3. Bury the node of the cutting in a clear cup filled with moist sphagnum moss.
  4. Then put it in a warm place with bright indirect sunlight and wait for it to root.
  5. Keep it moist by spraying it a few times a week.
  6. You should see the root growth in 1 to 2 months, then the plant should start putting out new foliage at least by month 3.

You can use leca, soil or even water, just make sure you let the cutting callous over before putting it in the medium.

For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.

Is It A Climber or A Crawler?

The painted lady is a climbing philodendron.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.

Philodendron Painted Lady USDA Zone

They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 9b-11.

Philodendron Painted Lady FAQs and Common Problems

Keep an eye out for normal plant pests on the leaves and be careful to avoid waterlogging of the roots by using a well draining potting medium and watering only when dry.

Philodendron Painted Lady Scientific Name

Philodendron Erubescens Painted Lady or Philodendron Erubescens Burgundy x Emerald Queen

How Big Does Philodendron Painted Lady Get?

They can get to over 2 meters tall if given the time and space and grow to over a meter wide. This can take 5 to 10 years.

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