Today we’ll show you how to look after the Philodendron Verrucosum, a really impressively leaved philodendron…
Philodendron Verrucosum Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight|
|Watering needs:||Water if the top layer is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||Balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||Well draining soil.|
|Temperature:||20°C to 25°C (68-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Root rot and leaf dropping due to over watering.|
Philodendron verrucosum is know for it’s velvety leaves and has become really in demand as philodendrons came into vogue in this recent houseplant boom. And for good reason, it is a real beauty with those colorful and soft and really veiny leaves.
The leaves are really stunning, even the back and underneath, they have a red back and the stalks (well technically the petioles, the bit that attaches the stalk to the leaf) are hairy. They are amazing looking plants.
Philodendron Verrucosum Light Needs
Give them bright indirect sunlight. They should not be in direct sunlight, but do your best to give them as much bright light as possible without actually seeing direct sun.
How Often to Water
The best way to water a philodendron verrucosum is to check the soil with your finger once a week to see if it is dry halfway down. Water if the top layer is dry. This one does not like to dry out, but at the same time can be sensitive to overwatering, so be careful.
Feed with a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Philodendron Verrucosum Soil
Well draining soil is key for a philodendron verrucosum, they hate to sit in water for too long. Use a rich potting mix with plenty of added perlite to aid drainage will do well.
When To Repot
Repot your philodendron verrucosum when it becomes root bound. The best time to do this is in spring before the growing season but you can do it year round if you like.
Philodendron verrucosums, like almost all all philodendrons will do best 50% humidity or more. Most households are 30-50%, so you need to up it but be careful as the leaves can get pests or even get moldy when kept constantly wet. You can mist it regularly, but the best thing to do is not wet the leaves, then add humidity with a humidifier, or by putting the plant on pebble tray with water in it to keep the plant as humid as possible without directly wetting the leaves. You can mist them, but it just increases the chances of pest or mold so be careful with this plant. IF you have a plant cabinet, this is an ideal candidate for it.
20°C to 25°C (68-77°F) is an ideal range for a philodendron verrucosum.
Philodendron Verrucosum Types
There is more than one type of Philodendron Verrucosum, there are loads to be honest! They come in a few different forms, some with darker leaves than other for example. Here is a list that was put together on the awesome International Aroid Society that includes all these types (with pictures below, also taken from that group.) My favorites are the philodendron verrucosum esmeralda, melon and tumbez varieties. You can see all their differences in the images below.
Types of Philodendron Verrucosum (from International Aroid Society)
Corrugate = Tambo
Majestic P. verrucosum x P. sodiroi
Splendid P. verrucosum x P. melanochrysum
Sunrise = Splendidum
dark f. 1
dark f. 2
dark f. 3
from norte f.
pale f. 1
pale f. 2
red f. 1
red f. 2
round big f.
round smal f.
silver wenis f. = Silver ?
white petiole hair f.
white wenis f. = Silver ?
P. verrucosum x P. giganteum (mistake, probably it is P. dodsonii)
How To Propagate Philodendron Verrucosum
The best way to propagate a philodendron verrucosum is by taking a cutting with at least one node and one leaf.
Philodendron Verrucosum Vs El Choco Red
These two plants are quite similar but can be told apart as the verrucosum has much hairier stems.
See also: Philodendron El Choco Red.
Philodendron Verrucosum Vs Melanochrysum
These two plants are relatively similar and have been combined in a hybrid (the Philodendron Splendid). The melanochrysum has much smoother velvety leaves and tends to grow straight upwards, the verrucosum tend to bunch more and has much more ribbed leaves and a much hairier stem.
Philodendron Verrucosum Vs Splendid
The splendid has velvety leaves, but the verrucosum, for more, we compare the verrucosum and splendid in our guide here.
Where To Buy
Philodendrons are relatively rare, so try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Philodendron Verrucosum FAQs and Common Problems
Root rot and leaf dropping and browning are all common issues with a philodendron verrucosum, they are all due to waterlogging from overwatering or insufficient drainage. Make sure you only water is when the top layer of soil is dry and ensure the pot and soil is well draining.
Also keep an eye out for pests on their leaves.