Philodendron 'Painted Lady'
“Philo” means love, whereas “Dendron” means “tree”. The plant was named Philodendron in reference to the fact that it is a “tree hugger” and loves to climb along with trees.
Rare Colorful Variegated Philodendron 'Painted Lady' has a bold, striking foliage that looks like it was painted with a brush. The large bright yellow leaves are speckled with green and have bright pink petioles (the stalk that joins a leaf to a stem) .
The plant can grow as tall as 2 to 5 feet and spread as wide as 12 to 16 inches. The leaves are heart shaped with a leathery texture and a shiny, glossy appearance & can grow as long as 6 inches.. Young leaves look almost neon yellow.
Philodendron 'Painted Lady' has semi-climbing growth habit , loves to climb, and will produce ever-larger leaves when growing onto a support such as a trellis or moss pole.
Philodendrons grow best in medium light and bright indirect sunlight. Older leaves turn yellow naturally. However, several leaves turns yellow at once, it could be an indicator that the plant is getting too much sun. They will tolerate low light, but if the stems become leggy with several inches between the leaves, move the plant to a brighter location..
Philodendrons like rich, loose potting soil that will drain well but is still high in organic matter. They can grow in 100 percent sphagnum peat moss. Avoid alkaline soil at all cost.
Keep the growing medium moist at all times. Push aerial roots into the soil on climbing varieties. Keeping the plants moist during winter when indoor air can get very dry can be a challenge. At the same time, avoid over watering or root rot may develop. If the leaves are drooping, it can indicate either too much water or not enough..
Philodendron is well suited to humid & tropical climate. They like humidity, so you might maintain the humidity around them with a pebble tray of water. Mist them frequently during the growing season, about every two days. During the \winter you should mist them every three to four days.
Philodendrons will produce larger leaves and remain healthier if you fertilize them regularly. Use slow-release pellets at the beginning of the growing season, or weekly 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer. During the winter you only need to fertilize about once per month.
Painted Lady philodendron is a fantastic under story plant in shady gardens in warm, frost-free regions. It is also an excellent houseplant in bright, warm indoor spaces.
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Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Philodendrons are especially poisonous to dogs and cats.