Welcome to our philodendron sodiroi care guide. The sodiroi is an amazing plant, we run down all you need to know…
Philodendron Sodiroi Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Water if top 50% of soil is dry, check once a week.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A really well draining potting mix with added perlite.|
|Temperature:||18°C to 27°C (64-81°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Under and over watering.|
The philodendron sodiroi is an impressive beast of a plant! Known for it’s big, stunning ribbed, heart shaped leaves. It is similar in many ways to the gloriosum, but the sodiroi is normally bigger and it is a climber (not a crawler like the 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.
Philodendron Sodiroi Light Needs
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal to get the best growth, they can do well with a little less. Do not let the leaves burn from direct sunlight though.
How Often to Water
Water your philodendron sodiroi if the top 50% of soil is dry. Check the soil once a week with your finger. This is one to underwater rather than over water, be really careful of root rot.
Tip: underwatering is better than overwatering for a philodendron like this, the roots will hate to sit in waterlogged soil.
Use a balanced feed once a month in spring and summer, starting off with it really well diluted and then gradually getting stronger, to ensure you don’t fertilizer-burn the plant.
Philodendron Sodiroi Soil
Philodendrons need to have a really well draining potting mix. I add 20% perlite.
When To Repot
You can repot once a year to refresh the soil and nutrients, or when the the roots become crowded, whichever is first. The best time is in spring, but you can do it year round.
50%-70% is ideal – they will flourish if given higher humidity levels. A humidifier, pebble tray or regular misting will help. You really want to make sure this plant gets a good amount of humidity to keep the leaves really healthy.
18°C to 27°C (64-81°F) – they’ll be fine in most homes.
Philodendron Sodiroi Propagation
To propagate your sodiroi follow these steps:
- Take a cutting, make sure you get at leaf one leaf and one node. They roots will grow from the node.
- Put the cutting in water and keep it in indirect sunlight to encourage growth.
- IT 4-8 weeks it will root well, then you can move it to soil.
- Keep it in soil for another month or so and it should root and establish itself.
- You’ll know it’s successful when it starts to grow new leaves from the top of the cutting.
We go into more detail on on propagating philodendrons, in our guide here: How To Propagate Philodendron.
Where To Buy
Philodendron Sodiroi Vs Mamei
You can easily tell the difference if you look under the leaves: the stalks and petioles on the mamei are green, the sodiroi has coarse reddish brown stems.
Philodendron Sodiroi USDA Zone
They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 9b-11.
For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.
Philodendron Sodiroi aff vs Sodiroi
The term aff is short for ‘affinis’ or ‘species affinis’ (which is Latin for ‘affinity to’) and is often added to plants when it is not an exact species, but has an affinity to it. i.e. it is a hybrid, possibly unidentified. So when you buy a sodiroi aff you are not buying a pure philodendron sodiroi, it is a hybrid of some kind.
One of the main differences that can occur is that the Sodiroi is a climbing vine (it grows upwards like a pink princess or hastatum or similar philodendrons), but a lot of Sodiroi affs are crawling philodendrons (they grow sideways like the philodendron gloriosum). They are probably great plants too, but just check as it is likely it has some different characteristics.
Philodendron Sodiroi Ornatum
The term philodendron sodiroi ornatum refers to a normal sodiroi. The sodiroi has also been known by the name ornatum, or ornatum silver. It is just another name for it.
Technical, Trend and Price Info
Habitat And General Info
Genus/Species: Genus: Philodendron. Species: Philodendron Sodiroi (source).
Natural Habitat: French Guiana (source).
Zones: 10 (source).
Are they toxic to pets?: Toxic to dogs and cats (source).
Taken September 2021, showing the last 5 years of worldwide Google search traffic.
Europe: 80-120 Euros. USA: 70-200 USD.
(Prices taken from Etsy and Ebay sellers, September 2021, for a full plant).
Instagram Trend: 21592 uses of tag #philodendronsodiroi.
(Count taken September 2021).
No patent data found (source).
Please note: Although every effort has been made to provide complete and accurate information, we cannot take responsibility for any error or omissions in the information.
Philodendron Sodiroi Other Names
The Silver Leaf Philodendron, philodendron sodiroi ornatum.
FAQs and Common Problems
You need to be careful of over watering and under watering. Check the soil every week and only water if they need it.
Philodendron Sodiroi Vs Brandtianum
When juvenile the philodendron sodiroi and brandtianum looks very similar, but as they mature the sodiroi is much larger, it is a large leaved philodendron, but the brandtianum will stay small with but produce a lot more stems and lots of smaller leaves.
See also: Philodendron Brandtianum Care.
Is Sodiroi A Climber?
The sodiroi is a climbing philodendron, so it will grows upwards, and will like to be tied to a pole as it gets larger.