Plant Care Philodendron Micans

Philodendron Micans

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Philodendron Micans has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Philodendron Micans has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

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! ❄️


Philodendron 'Micans'

How to care for Philodendron Micans


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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Philodendron Micans

Philodendron Micans

Philodendron Micans

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 6ft from a window


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
leaf-1 73 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA

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
Pcalifornia avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 573 XP
globe San Carlos, CA

SO beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Ali avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 2,465 XP
globe Cave Creek, AZ

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
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,820 XP
globe Baltimore, MD

Very sensitive to over and under watering

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 3,217 XP
globe Logan, UT

Love this plant! Such a quick grower too!

Fast grower Fast grower
Bjoyce avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Orlando, FL

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Roxanne avatar
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 11,012 XP
globe Portland, OR

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
leaf-1 86 Plants
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globe Washington, DC

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

Bexplants avatar
leaf-1 80 Plants
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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
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 175 XP

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
Plantygoddess avatar
leaf-1 109 Plants
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globe Woolwich Township, NJ

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
Michaelverhoef avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 255 XP
globe Leichhardt, Queensland

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 74 XP

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
Survivor Survivor
Sk avatar
leaf-1 77 Plants
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globe Raleigh, NC

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
Pottedsmiles avatar
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 944 XP

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Mell avatar
leaf-1 29 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Chermside, Queensland

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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Laurenashley avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
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globe Apopka, FL

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 35 XP
globe West Mifflin, PA

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
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 59 XP

Thrives in lots of conditions and is really forgiving!

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

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