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Philodendron Lupinum

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$85.00 CAD
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$85.00 CAD
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All photos are an indication of the plant species and size reference only.  All plants will have slight variations in coloring and condition. Decorative pot not included. Plants will be shipped in sphagnum moss or perlite.

The Philodendron Lupinum is an ever-changing and truly primal plant that showcases interesting adaptations that Anthurium-like plants have developed for thriving in low light, extremely humid conditions. This Philodendron shapeshifts as it matures, initially putting out small rounded leaves that turn into glossy, corrugated leaves that reach up to 20 inches in size that are velvety to the touch. The undersides of the leaves are a dark maroon colour, thought to be an additional light catching adaptation.

Care

Light: The Lupinum exists naturally in the low light canopy, and prefers low to medium diffused light. The velvet leaves are prone to sunburn, so keep this baby in a corner somewhere.

Water: Prefers drought to soggy, keep this in mind when picking your potting medium and watering schedules for your Philodendron. Water when the soil is mostly dry, remembering he is likely to forgive a drought, but is sensitive to root rot if oversaturated or watered too frequently. Do not let sit in excess water, bottom watering suggested. 

Temperature/Humidity: Your Lupinum can adjust to as low as 40% humidity if the reduction is gradual, but will thank you if you keep humidity at 60%-75%. 12-27°C comfortable temperature range, not drought tolerant.

Soil/Potting: We prefer a well draining, easy breathing soil mix consisting of fine and medium fir bark, perlite, charcoal chunks, and coco coir. For those without access to a small jungle's worth of orchid mediums, you can mix one part indoor potting soil, one part orchid bark, and one part perlite. Either way, your Lupinum will require an airy medium that will retain water but allow the roots to breathe.

Care Tips: Feed your Philodendron lupinum with a balanced liquid fertilizer that must contain calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium are both essential nutrients for your philodendron, the lack of which causes pale leaves.


*Philodendrons are toxic to cats and dogs. Do not consume*

Philodendrons were part of NASA clean air study and found effective in improving indoor air quality by removing formaldehyde.