Philodendron Verrucosum is a flowering plant in the Araceae family that originates from South America. It is a hemiepiphyte which means that its early years of life are spent growing off of trees and plants its roots in the soil when it is older.
This plant will propagate well in both water or soil. Water propagation is my preference because you can see what is happening as it grows!:)
Place your cutting in a jar/vase/tube of room temperature water. Make sure the nodes (small bumps on the plant) are submerged in the water.
Keep it somewhere that matches the light and temperature specifications shared below.
When propagating plants, it’s key to keep the humidity UP while the plants root. Higher humidity levels boost the propagation process.
Change out the water once a week or when it looks murky, and top it up when needed. Fresh water will help oxygenate the cutting and prevent algae build-up.
Roots should start to develop within 3-4 weeks.
Pot the plant up when the roots are approximately 5cm long.
It will thrive in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct contact with the sun as this can burn the leaves.
Compared to other tropical plants, the Verrucosum doesn’t mind living in a slightly cooler environment. Aim for 15-25℃.
It requires high humidity of 60% minimum. This can be achieved by using a humidifier, grouping plants together, or by growing the plant in a sealed mini greenhouse. A big cookie jar, clear tub or terrarium will do the trick!
The Philodendron Verrucosum is a climber, which means it likes to grow upwards. It would love a moss pole to climb up! When it comes time to pot this plant up, use an aerated soil mix which contains lots of bark and perlite.They grow extensive rooting systems so ensure the pot you grow it in has space for this. This plant does not like to be rootbound, so aim to re-pot it every 2-3 years.
Water thoroughly to mimic tropical jungle conditions. Allow the water to drain through properly before returning the plant to its decorative pot. The Verrucosum does not like to be underwatered or overwatered, so use a moisture meter to monitor the level of moisture in the soil. They can be quite dramatic and may drop leaves or develop yellowing leaves if it has been underwatered.
Invest in a moisture meter to help you monitor the levels of moisture in the soil so that you can only water it as needed.
As with most tropical plants, you should feed this plant during the growing season. Aim to feed it every second week.
Note that this plant is toxic to pets so be sure to keep it out of reach of your fur babies. Verrucosum are also known for their ability to attract Red Spidermite, so keep an eye out for this.
Cleaning your leaves regularly will help prevent pests. Rosecare Spray or other alternatives can be applied if you come into contact with any pests.