We run down all you need to know about philodendron plowmanii care and propagation…
Philodendron Plowmanii Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if soil is mostly dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A high-in-nitrogen feed once a month in summer.|
|Soil:||Rich, chunky, well draining.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Yellow, browning leaves, wilting due to overwatering.|
The philodendron plowmanii is a mega impressive plant known for it’s big heart-shaped feature leaves. It is a crawling philodendron that grows sideways like gloriousum.
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.
The best light conditions for a philodendron plowmanii is bright indirect sunlight but no direct sun.
How Often to Water
Check it once a week and water it only if the soil is mostly dry. This way you won’t under or overwater you plowmanii.
Use a high nitrogen feed once a month in the warmer summer and spring months to get quicker leaf growth.
A rich and chunky, well draining mix is ideal. I use a mix of orchid bark, perlite and normal potting compost. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.
How To Propagate Philodendron Plowmanii
Propagating a philodendron plowmanii is easy, you just need a node cutting and plant it in wet sphagnum moss. It is a good idea to wait half a day after taking the cutting before putting it in the moss so that the wound has time to heal. Keep it moist and humid with plenty of indirect sunlight and you should have a well rooted plant to pot up.
For more on propagating philodendrons, see our guide: How To Propagate Philodendron.
Philodendron Plowmanii USDA Zone
They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 9-11.
When To Repot
Repot them when they outgrow their current pot, check them in spring especially so you can give them a bigger pot if they need it over the spring and summer when they will grow most.
Tip: give it as wide a pot as you can so that the plant can grow sideways, it will put out bigger and bigger leaves the more horizontal space you can give it.
60% is a good humidity to aim for with a plowmanii. They will do well in humid environments. You can up the humidity around the plant by keeping them with other plants and putting a pebble tray full of water underneath them.
The philodendron plowmanii will do well in normal household temperatures as long as it does not get too cold in winter. The ideal range is 15-32°C (59-90°F).
Where To Buy
For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.
FAQs and Common Problems
Yellow or browning leaves aswell as wilting are caused by letting philodendrons sit in wet soil for too long.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic if eaten, and can result in vomiting or irritation. It does not normally result in death. Seek vets advice if your pet eats any.
Philodendron Plowmanii Round Form
The round form of the plowmanii is very similar to the normal plowmanii but with rounder leaves. It’ an impressive plant. In terms of care requirements it can be treated the same as the standard plowmanii.
Philodendron Plowmanii Variegated
There have been variegated plowmaniis reported, but they are few and far between and the variegation is not know to be stable. So proceed with caution if buying one (if you find one that is!).
Philodendron Plowmanii Vs Gloriosum
The gloriousum has matte leaves with white veins, and the Plowmanii has green leaves with darker green veining.
Philodendron Plowmanii Vs Mamei
The mamei has a lot of silver patches on the leaves, but the plowmanii is predominantly green.
Philodendron Plowmanii Vs Pastazanum
They are both heart shaped, but plowmanii has darker leaves and dark veining, the pastazanum has very light colored, almost white veining.
Philodendron Plowmanii X Tenue
The hybrid philodendron plowmanii x tenue is a really nice hybrid that has brighter green color than the plowmanii, with slightly longer leaves and deeper, more inset veins.
Plowmanii Citrus Vs Plowmanii
The plowmanii citrus is a much brighter lime green color to the normal plowmanii.
Is Philodendron Plowmanii A Crawler?
Philodendron Plowmanii is a crawling philodnedron, like a gloriousum, them grow horizontally, and the more space you can give them to grow sideways the bigger leaves you will get.