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Philodendron Grazielae

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Description

the Philodendron Grazielae is a truly lovely climbing Philodendron.  With its beautiful glossy green leaves and its beautiful climbing habit, the Philodendron Grazielae is likely to become a subtle favorite among your plant family.

In general, the Philodendron Grazielae has heart-shaped, glossy, deep green leaves. If you are a collector of epiphytes and want to add something beautiful yet simple to your collection, definitely consider the Philodendron Grazialae.

The Philodendron Grazielae is a relatively rare plant.  Although available somewhat widely online, a plant with 25 leaves will cost a little over $50.

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Care Instructions

Care Level

Philodendron are typically a little bit tricky.  You will need to buy a moss pole, or some other upright structure for your plant to climb.  Additionally, you will need to be careful not to let the leaves burn indirect light, or with an over-concentration of fertilizer.

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Temperature

Philodendron Grazielae is not cold-hardy, keep the habitat above 60 F, and ideally 70-80 F.

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Toxicity

The Philodendron Grazielae is toxic to both humans and pets due to its oxalate crystals.

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Water

Let the top inch of soil dry before watering again.  Water your Philodendron Grazielae less in the winter, and more during its growing season.

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Fertilizer

We recommend an npk ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. during the Philodendron Grazielae’s growing season, you should fertilize once a month.  During the winter you should fertilize significantly less frequently.

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Sunlight

Avoid burning in direct sunlight.  Locate the plant in a north or east-facing window.  In the wild, this plant is shielded by the forest canopy.  If need be, place sheer curtains between your plant and the window, or use grow lights a few inches away from your Philodendron Grazielae.

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Propogation

Cut your Philodendron Grazielae above a node or an aerial root with sterile sheers.  Let the end dry out for a couple of hours, and then place upright in water.  Plant when rooted.

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Humidity

Your Philodendron Grazielae will flourish in high humidity. you will likely need a humidifier for this.  This will ensure that your Philodendron Grazielae grows lush deep green leaves.

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Soil

You should pot your Philodendron Grazielae in well-draining soil in order to prevent root rot.  Try peat-moos, crushed limestone, and perlite.

Read more about making your own potting medium here!

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Botany

Native Habitat: Your gorgeous Philodendron Grazielae is native to South America, found primarily in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia, which are considered humid equatorial climates.  This little lady is known as a secondary hemiepiphyte.  This means that your plant grows both subterranean (in the earth) and epiphytic roots (think of air plants and orchids).

Life Cycle: The early part of this plant’s life consists of seeking a suitable tree to climb, using “internodes.” It will prefer to use its energy in search of a tree rather than to find access to the sun. Because this plant only displays phototropic growth habits (growing towards the sun) after climbing, it becomes well adapted for shadier environments. Lucky for us plant owners! In fact, in the wild, your Philodendron Grazielae would likely grow towards shadows to find a tree. Just remember that once your plant begins to climb, it will flourish under the brighter sun.

Botanical Description

Habit: The Philodendron Grazielae is a herbaceous, climbing, vine.

Roots: All Philodendrons are monocots and therefore have a fibrous root system.  Semi-epiphytic Philodendrons, like the Philodendron Grazielae, have an epiphytic root modification.  These are the roots that you see growing out of the stems of your plant.  They allow the plant to hold onto trees and rocks and soak up the moisture on the surface.

Stem: Herbaceous, cylindrical, green, and smooth.

Leaves: Cordate, glossy, green, obtuse apex, entire margin, arcuate venation, petiolate attachment, alternate leaf arrangement.

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