Philodendron Sodiroi
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Philodendron Sodiroi

The philodendron sodiroi is an absolute beast of a plant! Welcome to our care guide…

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 one of these Rare Plant Shops.
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).

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.


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.

Where To Buy

Try one of these Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

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).

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.

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.

Price Data

Europe: 80-120 Euros. USA: 70-200 USD.

(Prices taken from Etsy and Ebay sellers, September 2021, for a full plant).

Social Demand

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
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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.

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