Philodendron Micans Care Guide

Velvety. Dynamic. Sultry.

The Philodendron Micans captivates with its velvety, heart-shaped leaves that display a dynamic range of colors from deep green to rich burgundy.

Philodendron Micans Care Guide

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The Philodendron Micans plant is an attractive, sultry plant – it’s dark, purplish leaves have a slight sheen that make it an eye-catching houseplant. On top of this, it’s easy to care for and is versatile. This philodendron can climb or hang, giving you the opportunity to adapt it to almost any scenario.

Perfect for first-time indoor plant owners, as well as a gorgeous desk, floor, or hanging plant, you’ll find the philodendron micans an exciting addition to your home. Read on to learn how to take care of your Philodendron Micans.

Light Needs

Philodendron Micans needs bright, indirect light and can survive in medium indirect light. Direct sunlight will fry the delicate, lush leaves it produces. With this philodendron, you can tell if it’s had too much light because the leaves will begin to lose their deep purplish and velvety hue; if that happens, simply move your micans to a less lit area and watch the leaves.

We find keeping our Philodendron Micans approximately 6 feet from a slight west facing window, in a spot where it won’t receive any direct light is more than perfect. The sunlight bouncing off your walls should be enough to provide your micans it’s light needs.

Soil Type

Plant your philodendron micans in a well-draining, barky soil mixture. This will allow the soil to retain enough moisture without drowning the plant. You don’t want a high moisture-retaining soil, as this plant should be in indirect sunlight, meaning the soil will stay damp longer.

A barky and chunky soil mix will give the roots room to breath while drawing moisture from the mix as needed to grow more and maintain its current growth.

Watering Preferences

Philodendron micans prefer growing in moist soil. Water your philodendron micans as soon as the soil is dry in the top inch or two. You can check soil wetness by sticking your finger toward its roots a knuckle or two deep. We also suggest checking the bottom of the soil by feeling inside the drain hold with a finger – you don’t want to overwater your philodendron and cause root rot.

If the top of the soil is still a little dry, but the bottom is still very wet, you can wait to water a little longer. Using hydrometers is difficult when using a barky or chunky soil mix, as there is a lot of air around the soil, which means the hydrometer may not have enough surface area to get an accurate reading.

With the right soil mix, you may find you don’t have to water frequently as the indirect light and moisture retaining bark will hold moisture for a decent amount of time, providing your plant with the water it needs as it needs it, without drowning it. At LeafWise, we check all of our plants’ watering needs daily and recommend you do the same!

Humidity

Humidity levels for a Philodendron Micans thrive in humidity between 50% to 80%; we suggest aiming for a 60% humidity level in the room you grow your philodendron in. This will ensure it doesn’t just grow, but thrives. They can survive and do well in as low as 40% humidity, though you may find growth slows down or leaves don’t look as healthy.

Humidity is an important aspect of indoor plant care that many overlook. Fortunately, it can be easily controlled with a humidifier! Check out LeafWise’s list of recommended plant humidifiers to make sure you get one that has been tested to work well with indoor plants.

Ideal Temperature Range

The ideal temperature range for Philodendron Micans is between 65F and 85F. This plant is from tropical environments, hence the suggested temperature range paired with the medium to high humidity needs.

Keeping any indoor room within the 65 to 85 degree Fahrenheit range should be quite simple; if you find yourself needing to cool your space, avoid air directly hitting your plant.

Repotting

When you bring your Philodendron Micans home, it’s best practice to repot it. If you find that the roots are extremely rootbound in the growing pot that it came in, increase the pot size by .5 to 1 inch.

This plant enjoys being rootbound; overpotting could lead to root rot. You should only need to repot this plant once it has become rootbound again. As with planting from the store’s grow pot, only increase pot size by .5 to 1 inch, replacing the soil when you do in order to replenish nutrients.

To check for root binding, look at the drain holes on your pot and see if there are any visible roots or roots poking out. You can also make a routine to repot your plant yearly to replace the soil and check whether the Philodendron Micans is rootbound or not.

Pruning

Prune your Philodendron Micans when it becomes leggy, unruly, or you wish to take a cutting for propagation. Simply cut below a node to prune the plant. This will help encourage thicker growth and give you the opportunity to control the plant’s growth more.

Once you cut at the node, we suggest cutting the stem still attached to the mother plant down to the next node, to encourage growth on the philodendron.

Take your pruned cuttings and propagate them! You can make your mother plant larger with rooted propagations, or even begin creating an entire new, child plant over time.

Propagating Philodendron Micans

Figuring out how to propagate a Philodendron Micans is a simple process! Takes your cuttings (making sure they are cut below a node) and trim leaves off of the bottom and next highest node. An ideal cutting already has some aerial roots forming.

Take your cutting and submerge the two leafless nodes under water; keep in bright, indirect light just as you would your main plant. Change the water weekly. Philodendron Micans can be slow to root, so be patient.

Here’s a step-by-step on how to propagate a Philodendron Micans:

  1. Prune by cutting underneath a node with aerial roots.
  2. Trim leaves off bottom node and next node up the stem.
  3. Submerge the Philodendron Micans in water, slightly above the second nodes. The leaves should not be underwater.
  4. Wait until a couple of roots develop to around 2 inches in length; ideally both nodes will be rooting.
  5. Plant in freshly watered, barky and well-draining soil; this can be a new pot or back into the mother plant.

Common Pests

Philodendron Micans shares many of the same common pests as other houseplants, such as:

  • Mealybugs
  • Spider Mites
  • Gnats
  • Aphids

Most pests can be easily treated with natural prevention methods, such as using a neem oil treatment to both rid your philodendron of pests and prevent them in the future.

Check out our breakdown of natural indoor plant treatments!

Common Growth Issues

You may run into some common growth issues experienced by Philodendron Micans. Here are some we get asked most about:

  • Yellowing leaves: yellowing leaves that fall off your plant can be a sign of overwatering or lack of light (if they are soft or soggy). If the leaves are dry, you may be underwatering or exposing your plant to too much light.
  • Droopy leaves: droopy Philodendron Micans leaves are typically a sign that they need to be watered. Check your soil for moisture and if it feels dry water until the bottom of the pot drains.
  • Leaves losing their deep colors: Philodendron Micans develop their attractive color by being in bright, indirect light; direct sunlight can cause paler leaves. Move your plant to an area with less direct light or less bright light. If the leaves are bright/light green, they may just be new; wait to see if they develop the desired color by following our Philodendron Micans care guide.

Many plants share similar ailment; read about the most common ones shared by indoor plants by checking out our guide on diagnosing plant issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Philodendron Micans, known for its velvety, heart-shaped leaves, can exhibit a reddish hue on its leaves for several reasons:

  1. Light Exposure: When exposed to bright, indirect light, the leaves of Philodendron Micans can take on a reddish or bronze hue. This is a natural response and can enhance the plant’s beauty. However, if the light is too direct or intense, it can cause stress, leading to a more pronounced red coloration.

  2. New Growth: New leaves on Philodendron Micans can sometimes emerge with a reddish tint, which typically fades to the plant’s characteristic green as the leaves mature.

  3. Stress: Environmental stresses, such as temperature fluctuations or inadequate watering, can also cause a change in leaf color.

No, Philodendron Micans is not particularly hard to grow. Like most philodendrons, it’s relatively adaptable and can thrive in a variety of indoor conditions. It prefers well-draining soil, consistent moisture (without being waterlogged), and bright, indirect light. However, it’s also forgiving of occasional care mistakes, making it suitable for both novice and experienced plant owners.

Yes, Philodendron Micans can tolerate low light conditions. However, for optimal growth and to maintain its vibrant leaf coloration, it prefers bright, indirect light. In low light conditions, the plant may grow more slowly, and its leaves might not be as vibrant or velvety. It’s essential to strike a balance and avoid placing the plant in an area with too little light or direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves.