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    How to Grow and Care For Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole

    Philodendron nangaritense, commonly known as Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole, is a rare philodendron variety known for its unique petioles. By the end of this guide, you'll be a pro on how to care for a philodendron fuzzy petiole.
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    The Philodendron genus belongs to the family of Araceae, among anthurium, monstera, and pothos. Philodendrons are one of the most common houseplants and can be found on the wishlist of many plant collectors. Philodendrons are generally easy-to-care-for and will thrive in most household environments, making them a great option for beginner plant parents.
    The Philodendrons stand out from other similar-looking plants like pothos because Philodendron leaves grow in a thin sheath called a cataphyll. As the plants age, this sheath turns brown and falls off, revealing the new leaf underneath. This process is unique to Philodendrons, making them easily distinguishable from other plants!

    What is a Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole?

    Philodendron nangaritense, commonly known as Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole, is a rare philodendron variety known for its unique petioles. As the name suggests, these plants have a layer of fuzz covering their petioles, which is only revealed once the plant has matured! 
    This plant is loved by collectors for its simple yet stunning leaves. The leaves are round and leathery, with a deep pink hue when they are young. As they age, the red color fades, revealing beautiful green leaves, creating a beautiful contrast with the red petioles. 
    Like most Philodendron varieties, the fuzzy petiole philodendron is a climber. A climbing plant is a plant that grows vertically upwards and produces aerial roots, which it uses to attach itself to trees and other surrounding support. Providing this aroid with a moss pole is advised to support the growth pattern. 
    This rare plant is found in the rainforests of Central America and Ecuador, where it climbs trees and branches. It thrives in humid conditions with dappled sunlight and warm temperatures. 
    Other rare philodendrons include the Monstera Thai constellation, Philodendron verrucosum, Philodendron squamiferum, Philodendron silver sword, and Philodendron Domesticum Variegated.

    Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole Care Guide

    Philodendron nangaritense
    Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole
    Moderate once established
    Feed monthly during the growing season (Spring and summer). Dilute to half the recommended strength
    6+ hours of bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun.
    Allow soil to dry out between watering.
    Well-draining soil mix. A peat-based soil with added drainage is ideal.
    6.0 to 6.5
    Stem cuttings
    Not relevant
    60F to 85F
    West- or east-facing window.
    10, 11, 12
    Monstera, other philodendron varieties
    Toxic to dogs and cats
    Spider Mites, Root Rot, Aphids, Mealybugs, Whiteflies, Fungus gnats
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    Sun Exposure
    Soil Type
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    Bloom Time
    Window Locations (Ideal)
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    How to Care For Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole

    Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole foliage
    Image Source:Photo by ShutterstockPhilodendron Fuzzy Petiole foliage
    Water your philodendron like all other aroids- give it a drink every two to three days when the top 2 inches of soil feels dry, and only water when it feels dry to avoid overwatering. When overwatered, this plant is prone to root rot. 
    If you ensure your philodendron fuzzy petiole receives bright, indirect light and give it medium to high humidity, it will thrive and reward you with beautiful, big leaves. A west- or east-facing window is ideal for this tropical plant. But keep it out of drafts and radiators!
    In the guide below, we will list the plant care instructions for your philodendron fuzzy petiole so that you can enjoy its beautiful foliage for years to come. 

    💧 Water

    Like all aroids, philodendron fuzzy petiole likes to dry out a little bit between waterings. Because they are tropical plants, they will appreciate it if their soil is constantly and evenly moist but avoid overwatering. Frequent overwatering will quickly result in root rot! 
    It is best to allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out before you give your fuzzy petiole philodendron a drink. Always check the soil by poking your finger deep into the soil to feel the moisture levels. Only water when it feels dry to avoid overwatering! But on the other end, do not wait too long because drought periods can negatively impact your plant's growth.  How frequently your plant needs to be watered will depend on several factors, like the temperature, humidity, and light it receives. It’s best to always check the soil before watering, just to be sure!
    Ensure your philodendron is planted into a plastic nursery pot with drainage holes in the bottom. This will allow excess water to escape from the pot, further aiding in root rot prevention. After watering, empty the saucer or cache pot.
    You can water your plants less often in the colder months since they need less hydration than in the hotter months. However, be careful not to overwater them, as this can lead to root rot.

    ☀️ Sunlight

    The Fuzzy Petiole Philodendron thrives in bright, indirect sunlight for 6-12 hours each day. It is crucial for this plant to get ample sunlight, as it can affect its growth and leaf shape. When this aroid is not sitting in low light conditions, it will lose the vibrancy of its beautiful green leaves. 
    Plants that require bright indirect light do great in rooms with plenty of windows. They are good fits for Eastern and sometimes Western-facing windows as those exposures only see half a day's worth of sun. Avoid placing it in a south-facing window where it receives direct sun during the afternoon. The harsh sunlight can quickly result in burned leaves. If needed, you can supplement the light with artificial grow lights.

    🌡️ Temperature and Humidity

    Because this plant comes from a tropical climate,  it will appreciate warm and humid conditions. The optimal temperature range is between 65F and 85F. It can tolerate temperatures below 65F but will not grow as fast. It can tolerate average household moisture levels but will not grow as fast as in lower humidity levels. If you want your fuzzy petiole to thrive, consider getting a humidifier to keep it happy. Aim for 60% humidity or higher for the best results!
    Avoid placing your philodendron near air vents, radiators, or drafty windows and doors. The dry air can crisp up the delicate green foliage of your plant!

    🌱 Best Soil for Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole

    This aroid requires well-draining, organically rich soil to thrive. A special aroid mix is ideal, but you can create your own mix by combining potting soil, coco coir, peat moss, and perlite. 
    Potting soil and coco coir are moisture-retaining, which will help keep the soil nice and moist for your philodendron. Perlite helps keep things from getting too compact and aids in the water management abilities of your soil, which helps to prevent root rot.

    🌻 Fertilizer

    Feed your philodendron fuzzy petiole with a balanced fertilizer during the growing months. When using a liquid fertilizer, opt for an organic option and dilute to half the recommended strength to prevent fertilizer burn on the roots. Repeat the feeding monthly to keep your plant nourished and fast-growing. 
    Lay off fertilizing during winter when the plant isn’t actively growing. However, some plants will grow year-round and keep putting out new leaves during the winter. If this is the case, you can continue fertilizing in the winter, following the same rules. 

    😎 Pruning and Maintenance

    It is unnecessary to prune your philodendron fuzzy petiole. But due to its growth pattern and fast growth rate, you can cut back your plant if it’s getting too large or out of control.

    ☢️ Toxicity

    Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole is not pet friendly. All philodendron varieties are highly toxic to pets and humans. Avoid touching or ingesting these plants, as they can cause skin irritations, rashes, and itchiness. Ingestion may lead to inflammation and swelling of the digestive tract, including the mouth, tongue, and lips. In pets, it can induce vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach upset. Contact your vet immediately if your pet has come in contact with this plant!

    How to Propagate Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole

    Beautiful Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole in a black pot on white background
    Image Source:Photo by ShutterstockBeautiful Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole in a black pot on white background
    Because this tropical plant is a climber and produces aerial roots, it is easily propagated to make multiple plants! There are several ways to propagate your philodendron fuzzy petiole. We will list them below and explain step-by-step how to do it. 

    Propagate by air layering. 

    Air layering is a very effective propagation method that encourages cuttings to take root while still attached to the mother plant. This allows the cutting to take up nutrients from the mother plant still,  resulting in fast root development and a higher success rate when compared to other propagation methods. All you need is some sphagnum moss and plastic wrap. 
    • Step 1: Choose where you want to start your cutting. Ensure you are propagating from a healthy mother plant! Find a node (the thick part of the stem where the aerial roots grow from) on your plant, ensuring that the cutting has about 2-3 leaves. 
    • Step 2: Moisten your sphagnum moss. You don’t want it to be soaking wet but slightly  moist. 
    • Step 3: Wrap the node of your choice in sphagnum moss, and secure it with plastic film. Don’t wrap it around too tight or too loose. Just make sure it stays in place!
    • Step 4: That’s it! Now you wait for roots to appear. This can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 2 months, so have patience. Continue caring for your philodendron as usual; you will see roots appear in the plastic soon!
    • Step 5: If you see that the cutting has rooted, it is time to cut. Take some sterile pruning scissors and cut just below the node.
    • Step 6: Remove the plastic and the moss and reveal your root system. Now your cutting is ready to be transferred into soil! 

    Propagate stem cuttings. 

     Propagating your philodendron fuzzy petiole is relatively easy. Depending on your preference, you can propagate it in water, moss, perlite, or LECA. 
    • Step 1: Choose where you want to make your cut. Only take cuttings from healthy plants!
    • Step 2: Search for a node (the part where the aerial roots grow from), and make your cut with sterilized, clean pruning scissors. Cut just below the node. If possible, take a cutting with multiple nodes. This increases your chances of success!
    • Step 3: Place your cutting in your medium of choice. If you’re using water, refresh the water at least once a week. Keep moss and perlite moist at all times.
    • Step 4: Place the cutting in a brightly lit spot. 
    • Step 5: Have patience! It can take up to two months to see root development. 
    • Step 6: Once the roots are about 2-3 inches long, you can transfer your cutting to soil. Keep the soil slightly moist for the first few weeks, then continue regular care.

    How to Repot Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole

    Close up photo of Philodendron fuzzy petiole stem
    Image Source:Photo by ShutterstockClose up photo of Philodendron fuzzy petiole stem
    Repot your fuzzy petiole philodendron in spring or summer. Avoid repotting during the winter because the plant is not actively growing and will not have the energy or resources to properly acclimate when repotted. 
    On average, your philodendron will like a  repot every two to three years. Only repot when necessary; a good indicator that your plant needs to be repotted is when you see roots poking through the drainage holes. This means the plant is root bound and will appreciate more space in its pot! 
    If you need to repot your philodendron, follow the steps below:
    • Step 1: Choose a new pot for your philodendron. Aim for a pot about 2 inches (5cm) larger than its current pot. Avoid potting your plant up too big, as this can cause issues like overwatering!
    • Step 2: Remove your fuzzy petiole philodendron from its original pot. Try to be gentle doing this, and don’t pull it out with force. If it is stuck, gently squeeze the pot or push through the drainage holes to release the plant from the pot.
    • Step 3: Gently detangle the root system. Be very cautious that you are not damaging the root system. Too much root damage can kill your plant! Take your time doing this. 
    • Step 4:  Fill up your new pot with a layer of soil. Use a well-draining soil mix, preferably a specific aroid mix. Add your plant and fill up the rest of the pot with soil. Press it down softly to remove any air pockets. 
    • Step 5:Thoroughly water the plant. This will help the roots to settle into the new environment and reduce shock.

    Common Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole Disease & Pests

    Young Philodendeon Fuzzy Petiole with a fuzzy stem. Trending tropical plant in a pink chevron pot
    Image Source:Photo by ShutterstockYoung Philodendeon Fuzzy Petiole with a fuzzy stem. Trending tropical plant in a pink chevron pot
    Like any aroid, the philodendron fuzzy petiole is susceptible to issues like root rot and pests. The most common pests include spider mites and thrips. Regularly check your plants for signs of pests or disease. Preventing is always better than treating. 

    Root Rot

    If this is your first time experiencing root rot, read our full guide on root rot.
    Root rot is a common issue with most houseplants, including Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole. It’s usually caused by moist or waterlogged soil for prolonged periods of time. Symptoms include rapidly yellowing leaves, stunted growth, and a rotten brown base. If you see these symptoms, here’s how to treat root rot.
    • Remove the plant from the pot and gently remove the soil so you can see the root system.
    • If the roots are brown and mushy, you must take action immediately.
    • Clean off the roots with sterile water.
    • Take sterilized scissors and trim any mushy roots.
    • You can use a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution to disinfect the roots.
    • Once cleaned up, repot your plant in a fresh houseplant soil mix.

    Spider Mites

    Spider mites are ectoparasitic arthropods that feed on plants. They prefer hot weather along with dry conditions, and they feed on a wide range of plants. Spider mites can be red, yellow, or orange, depending on the species. They are tiny, but they can be seen with the naked eye.Spider mites attack plants through their leaves, sucking the nutrients out of them. They leave stalks behind as they feed. While feeding, spider mites create webbing, and drain the life from plants causing leaves on infested plants to turn yellow and brown. They can cover and kill an entire plant within a week or two if left uncontrolled in your ga within a week or tworden.
    If this is your first time managing spider mites, read our in-depth guide on how to get rid of spider mites on indoor plants.
    How to spot a spider mite infestation on my Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole?
    Spider mite damage is different from that of cutting insects. There won’t be a hole in a leaf, but rather large discolored areas made up of tiny dots or stippling. You may notice that your plant leaves are covered in a web-like substance, as previously stated or you may notice small specks on the leaves, or if the infestation has gone further you might see leaves or whole portions of your plant start to curl and wither.
    How to treat a spider mite infestation?
    To treat spider mites, quarantine your plant to prevent spread. You can wash your plant with water to clear out some of the infestation initially and then use insecticidal soap or neem oil to spray your plant and wipe off spider mites. Repeat this process daily until the infestation is gone.

    Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole Care Tips

    • Allow the soil of your Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole to dry out between watering to avoid overwatering and root rot. 
    • Give this tropical plant 6 to 12 hours of bright, indirect sunlight every day. Aim for a humidity level of 60% or higher. 
    • All Philodendrons are highly toxic to pets. Keep them out of your furry friends’ reach! 
    • Propagate your Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole through air layering or stem cuttings. 

    Where to buy a Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole?

    Because the Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole is a rare, hard-to-find variety, so they can be quite expensive when bought at a regular price. If you are interested in adding a unique new plant to your collection, consider checking out our plant shop. We offer a wide variety of rare and common plants at an affordable sale price!

    FAQs on Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole

    Is Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole a climbing plant?
    Yes, this plant latches onto trees and rocks using aerial roots in the wild. If you grow it indoors, consider giving it a moss pole for support to mimic its natural growth pattern. It will help the plant grow larger leaves!
    Why are the leaves of my Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole turning yellow?
    Yellow leaves are most often a result of overwatering. Always check the soil before giving your plant a drink, only watering it when the soil feels dry.
    Can I grow this plant from leaf cuttings?
    No, you can only grow Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole from stem cuttings with a node. A leaf on its own won’t grow roots and will die.