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Philodendron Micans

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About Philodendron Micans

Philodendron 'Micans' is also known as the velvetleaf Philodendron becuase of its delightfully soft leaves! They emerge a pale red color, and mature to green but sprakle in the sunlight at any age! ✨ Philodendrons grow aerial roots that grip the bark of trees, allowing them to grow over 20 feet tall! Their heart-shaped leaves change shape as they climb and can grow larger than a dinner plate. Fossils show Philodendrons growing as far back as 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica! ❄️

Taxonomy

Philodendron 'Micans'
Philodendron
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Philodendron Micans

💦 Water

How often to water your Philodendron Micans

Water needs for Philodendron Micans
0.5 cups
every 9

Philodendron Micans needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Philodendron Micans

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Philodendron Micans in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Philodendron Micans: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Philodendron Micans can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Philodendron Micans in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Philodendron Micans

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Philodendron Micans: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Philodendron Micans after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Philodendron Micans is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Philodendron Micans →

Common Philodendron Micans Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Philodendron Micans prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Philodendron Micans Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Philodendron Micans can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Philodendron Micans Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Philodendron Micans is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Philodendron Micans prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Philodendron Micans Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Philodendron Micans does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Philodendron Micans →

When and How to Successfully Repot Philodendron Micans →


💩 Fertilizer

Philodendron Micans should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Philodendron Micans →


❄️ Dormancy

Philodendron Micans does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Philodendron Micans is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

Philodendron Micans produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

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⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Philodendron Micans is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Philodendron Micans →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Philodendron Micans can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Philodendron Micans Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Philodendron Micans can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Philodendron Micans →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Philodendron Micans, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Philodendron Micans

Philodendron Micans

Philodendron Micans


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Philodendron Micans has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 46
Philodendron Micans has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 28
Philodendron Micans has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 27
Philodendron Micans has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 15
Philodendron Micans has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
@Mabes avatar
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leaf-1 85 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA
03/05/2022

LOVE my Micans. Super easy to care for. And it’s always shooting new growth

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 1,517 XP
globe San Jose, CA
02/17/2022

SO beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@ali avatar
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leaf-1 14 Plants
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globe Cave Creek, AZ
01/28/2022

I got this plant in the mail in really rough shape I do t know what happened along the way, my plant was wilted except for a few cuttings but so far those cuttings are doing good except for one leaf that has a little wilt on the top of it

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@BoozyBillsBabe avatar
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leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/17/2022

Very sensitive to over and under watering

Browns easily Browns easily
@beastlyblake25 avatar
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leaf-1 40 Plants
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globe Logan, UT
01/02/2022

Love this plant! Such a quick grower too!

Fast grower Fast grower
@BJoyce avatar
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

Cool little dude. Fast grower. Can trail up or down. Doesn’t seem to mind being ignored for a little bit. Down for anything

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@Roxanne avatar
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leaf-1 37 Plants
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globe Portland, OR
12/07/2021

Such a fast grower! In just 3 months since I picked it up, it’s nearly doubled in size. I have it hanging in a west facing window (for the winter) with vines climbing up and vines hanging below and the leaves of the one climbing are growing noticeably larger! I love it’s soft velvety leaves and it’s jewel toned reds and greens.

Fast grower Fast grower
@Megan avatar
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leaf-1 32 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

Loveeee the leaves on the philodendron micans. They’re so soft!

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leaf-1 64 Plants
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11/12/2021

I’m a sucker for heart leaf philodendron. Add in rich velvety leaves with deep brooding colors and you have an incredibly wonderful plant. I would consider this plant to be an easy/beginner plant. I have had zero problems with it and there have been times when it’s been somewhat neglected. It’s just an overall great plant to have in your collection!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Gracefulwander avatar
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 175 XP
11/07/2021

A fairly easy plant. However, they require some TLC. Unless you have a very humid environment or a humidifier, occasionally misting your plant is required. Need to watch for dust mites with all your plants. However if you see mites or other random bugs like silver fish, etc a little Neem oil is very helpful to mix in with your watering or mist bottle. Unfortunately I bumped up the pot size too much. I went from a 4” to an 8” and he didn’t like it, a 6” would’ve been a better fit. Struggled to acclimate to the new size for months. Because the pot size was too large, I didn’t realize the soil needed to aerate more and I needed to water less as the soil stays moist/wet longer. This also is what contributed to the bug issue. But don’t give up on your plants. Philodendrons are great resilient survivors and easy to propagate. The bugs are gone and I am slowly starting to cut a few nodes from the really long stems, propagate in water and add them to the pot so it looks much fuller. I think I love my plant even more because we have been thru it together so be a little patient, and they will love you in return.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 109 Plants
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globe Woolwich Township, NJ
10/24/2021

Beautiful plant and indeed a fast grower. I’m excited to see her this time next year.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Leichhardt, Queensland
10/21/2021

I’ve had this for a couple of weeks now and he was a wee thing when he arrived… he had the cutest little tiny leaves! This is the only philodendron I’ve got that’s a climber. So that should be interesting - he’s got pretty velvety leaves that look so soft. I’m looking forward to him becoming much bigger!

Survivor Survivor
@jgirlluvsplants avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 74 XP
09/15/2021

I just love this plant. It isn’t as easy as I have read online but these velvet leaves are just stunning and I looove veining plants.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@sk avatar
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leaf-1 77 Plants
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globe Raleigh, NC
08/16/2021

Amazing. So amazing. The most beautiful and rewarding plant I have. Incredibly fast growing, not overly dramatic in terms of care, all around a wonderful plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 63 Plants
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06/06/2021

Absolutely in love! This plant has been easy to maintain and grows beautifully.

Fast grower Fast grower
@Mell avatar
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leaf-1 45 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD
05/21/2021

My favorite! So easy and despite my cats constantly trying to eat it, it grows right back.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@amyloudxn avatar
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Chermside, Queensland
05/14/2021

Easy, velvety, beautiful and rewarding! When I have more space I will stick this micans to a plank of wood and watch her climb and grow 😍. I keep thinking the yellow dots on some of the leaves are spider mites or scale but after researching apparently they’re normal extrafloral nectaries! I vigilantly check for pests regularly anyway.

Fast grower Fast grower
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@laurenashley avatar
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leaf-1 28 Plants
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globe Apopka, FL
05/01/2021

My favorite plant! Super easy to take care of and is always pushing out new leaves. If it needs water, the leaves will curl a lot and let you know.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@tristuh avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe West Mifflin, PA
05/01/2021

Beautiful philodendron but leaves are not very forgiving. They curl easy when cold or needs water but perk up again if you don’t damage them. Propagates same as other aroids.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Amelia avatar
@Amelia
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 59 XP
04/28/2021

Thrives in lots of conditions and is really forgiving!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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