Add a touch of tropical beauty to your home with the attractive, velvety foliage of Philodendron Mayoi. Here’s everything you need to know!
With its uniquely lobed foliage, Philodendron mayoi is a great choice for those who want to shower their home with sheer tropical vibes. This extensive care guide will help you grow this beautiful houseplant indoors!
Philodendron Mayoi Plant Profile
With its vibrant green, deeply lobed, pinnate foliage, Philodendron mayoi stands out in any indoor garden. The plant reaches a handsome height of 3-4 feet, and the leaves take a size of 5-10 inches wide and look like palm leaves with light undersides highlighted by prominent red veins.
Apart from its stunning appearance, the plant is also incredibly low-maintenance and easy to care for, making it the perfect choice for both seasoned indoor gardeners and those just starting out. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of green to your home or you’re searching for the ultimate low-maintenance indoor plant, the Philodendron mayoi is sure to exceed your expectations.
Propagating Philodendron Mayoi
Propagating Philodendron mayoi can be done using stem cuttings. Here are the steps:
- Choose a healthy stem with at least two to three leaves and a length of about 6 inches (15 cm).
- Cut the stem just below a node using a clean, sharp knife.
- Remove the lower leaves from the stem, leaving only the top two to three leaves.
- Plant the stem cutting in a well-draining potting mix, keeping the cut end buried about an inch (2.5 cm) in the soil.
- Water the soil lightly and place the pot in a warm, bright, indirect light location.
- Keep the soil moist but not soaking wet, and avoid letting the leaves touch the soil.
You’ll notice new growth in 2-3 weeks.
Requirements for Growing Philodendron Mayoi
Philodendron mayoi needs bright, indirect light. Too much direct sun can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause the leaves to become smaller and less colorful. A north-facing or east-facing windowsill is ideal.
Philodendron mayoi thrives in well-draining potting soil that is rich in organic matter. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite works well. Good soil helps the plant absorb the necessary nutrients and moisture while preventing root rot.
These plants prefer evenly moist soil but not soaking wet. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry, then allow the soil to drain before putting the plant back in its saucer. Over-watering is one of the biggest mistakes people make with these plants, so be careful not to overwater.
Temperature & Humidity
These plants like warm temperatures, between 60-85°F (15-30°C), and don’t like drafts. Avoid placing them near air conditioning or heating vents.
Philodendron mayoi benefits from a humid environment, so place a tray of water near the plant or use a humidifier. Dry air can cause the leaves to be brown and become crispy.
Philodendron Mayoi Care
Feed your houseplant every 4-6 weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring through fall). Cut back on fertilizing in winter when the plant goes dormant.
Pests and Diseases
Common pests that attack Philodendron mayoi include spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Regularly inspect the plant and remove any pests you find by hand or with insecticidal soap.
Philodendron mayoi can be susceptible to root rot if overwatered, so it’s important to allow the soil to drain well. Leaf spot, a fungal disease, can also occur if the plant is kept too moist. Prevent disease by providing good air circulation and keeping the leaves dry.