Philodendron pedatum 'Glad Hands'

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Scientific Name
Philodendron pedatum (tree-hugger with pedate leaves) 'Glad Hands'

Common Name
Glad Hands Philodendron, Philodendron quercifolium

Origin
Tropical areas of South/Central America

Description
This species of Philodendron has leaves in the most interesting of shapes; the fronds of these leaves spread out like the fingers of a hand. This variety is unique in its shape, with thinner leaves than many Philodendrons; it is just as low-maintenance though, so don't worry too much! This variety is fast-growing and will climb, so as it grows you may want to add a moss pole to give it some direction; otherwise it will also grow as a hanging plant with aerial roots. Whatever direction you grow it in, this plant will reward your care with plenty of bright green foliage in interesting shapes.

Light
Place in moderate to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.

Water
Allow the top layer of soil to dry out in between waterings - extend this to top 2 inches of soil in the winter (these plants are easy-going so if you wait a little longer to water don't panic!). Ensure good drainage and don't allow to sit in water.

Humidity
Appreciates above average humidity, but will do just fine in most standard household humidity. Will appreciate an occasional misting, especially if in a dryer spot.

Soil
Use a chunky, well-draining mix. Repot every two years in spring as the plant grows.

Food
Will benefit from a light feed throughout spring and summer.

Temperature
Average household temperatures of about 18-28°C are fine- try not to place somewhere where temperatures dip below 12°C for extended periods.

Pet-safe
No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
Don't use very cold water as this can shock the roots. If the new growth has very small leaves or there are large gaps between leaves, this is a sign the plant is not getting enough light.

 

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