Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated
Hi, plant lovers especially philodendron lovers, back again with us on the aroidasia blog. In this article, we will get to know one type of philodendron, namely Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated.
Talking about philodendron plants is endless because there are so many types of this plant when compared to other aroid plants.
Who doesn't know Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated? This spectacular plant, which has green leaves with silver motifs and fine yellow lines, has succeeded in attracting the attention of ornamental plant lovers and has become increasingly popular in recent years.
About Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated
The hallmark of this plant lies in its leaves. Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated has large, heart-shaped leaves. The color on each leaf is a unique pattern of a mix of bright dark greens, silvers, and yellows.
The leaves of this plant can grow up to 20 cm in diameter. When it grows up, the green color of the leaves will become dark green. The silver and yellow colors will fade as the leaves grow. The petiole is dark red with small clumps at the base of the leaf.
Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated is a climbing plant. If you make a moss pole as a medium for the development of this plant, then you will get bigger leaves.
How to Care for a Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated
This plant is one of the plants that are quite easy to care for, but it's good if you know more about its care. Here are some tips and tricks you can do:
The Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated likes light that doesn't sting it directly. In its natural habitat, this plant uses aerial roots to climb trees and reach the roof where the plant will receive indirect sunlight.
Filtered light can make the leaves grow bigger. In this case, you can put the plants in the room or terrace that is blocked by a roof. It can also be placed near a window by using a light curtain to filter out direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight can make the leaves of this plant easily burn. However, if you put it in a place that is too shady, the leaves will grow small and the color will become dull.
In terms of temperature regulation where this plant is placed must also be considered. The ideal indoor temperature for Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated ranges from 65 – 82 F or 18 – 28 C. This plant will struggle to grow if the temperature is over 86 F (30 C) and less than 54 F (12 C). Plants cannot tolerate temperature extremes.
Make sure the plant is not exposed to hot or cold winds. This is to prevent temperature fluctuations. Do not place this plant next to heating vents, radiators, or air conditioners.
Like other types of philodendron, Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated also does not like wet soil conditions. This will keep the roots constantly wet and will slowly rot. Water the plant when the soil feels dry to the touch. Just make sure the soil remains moist but not soggy.
The ideal time to water this plant is once a week in spring and summer. Reduce watering plants gradually as winter approaches. The best thing you should do is to check the soil. Insert your finger into the soil about 2 cm from the surface. Make sure the soil remains moist.
Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated requires a lot of humidity to produce healthy leaves. Provide moisture to this plant with a humidity level of approximately 60%. If your room is too dry it can cause the edges of the leaves to dry out.
The easiest way you can do this is to use a humidifier. You can also place the plant on a pebble tray that is half-filled with water.
Pay attention to proper air circulation. Don't keep the leaves wet all the time. This can cause spots and bacteria on the leaves. If this happens, it will be difficult to treat.
Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated requires light, porous, moisture-resistant soil. You should dry the soil by aerating it first. Avoid using pots that do not have a good drainage level.
You can make your mixture as a growing medium for this plant. Make a mixture consisting of garden clay, peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark as a planting medium. Moss and garden clay will form the base of the substrate. Perlite will help with drainage and moisture retention, while the orchid skin will provide a consistency that helps aerate the roots.
As the Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated plant grows it will shed some of its older leaves, especially in the spring. But you don't need to worry and trim the leaves of this plant too often. You simply cut the leaves that are old and have turned yellow with a sharp knife that has been sterilized.
To help remove dust that has accumulated on the leaves, it is recommended periodically to wipe the leaves of this plant with a damp cloth. In addition to removing dust, this method can also be used at the same time to check the condition of the leaves for signs of attached pests.
Plant Pot Replacement
Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated growth can be said to have a fast growth rate. The plant can grow as high as 90 cm per year. You can replace the pot every two years or if you have noticed the roots of the plant coming out through the drainage holes. At that point, you can move it to a larger container.
The best time you can use to repotting this plant is in the spring. Where spring is a good time for the planting season. Remove the plant from the old pot and remove the old soil carefully so as not to disturb the roots. Then put the plant back into a container that is larger than before.
Common Problems of Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated Plants
There are some common problems that this plant can face. Here we will discuss one by one:
Leaves Turn Yellow
One of the signs of an overwatering state is a change in the color of the leaves to yellow. If this plant is planted in a soil mixture that does not have drainage it will cause the roots to rot. Root rot is what causes the leaves to turn yellow.
Remove the plant from the pot and examine the roots. Use a sharp, sterilized knife to cut off the rotting roots. Transfer the plant back to well-drained soil.
Drooping Limp Leaves
The opposite of the state of leaves turning yellow is caused by overwatering. The state of drooping limp leaves is caused by a lack of water in the soil. Check the soil by inserting your finger 2 cm from the ground. If it feels dry to the touch, then the plant needs to be soaked with water.
The problem with every plant is the presence of pests that stick to the Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated plant. Measles and spider mites are common pests that can attack this plant.
Check the underside of the leaves for signs of pests. If there is, you can do the treatment by spraying the plants using a solution of water and isopropyl alcohol once a week.
How have philodendron lovers started to be interested in having this plant? From the discussion above, we can conclude that it is natural that Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated has become the target of many plant lovers.
Plants with beautiful silver leaf color along with easy care are the plus points of this plant. The high price is certainly not a problem when compared to the benefits obtained if you have it.
Make your home green by collecting indoor plants. Besides being able to spoil the eyes, it can also make you healthy with the air circulation it produces.
Thank you very much for reading this article to the end. Hopefully useful and can add to your insight about the Philodendron Sodiroi Variegated plant. To see other collections of philodendron species, you can see them here.