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Philodendron 'Florida Green' Care Sheet for a Terrarium

Overview: Philodendron 'Florida Green' is an attractive, easy-to-care-for aroid known for its uniquely shaped, glossy green leaves. It's a great choice for terrariums due to its manageable size and adaptability to indoor environments.

Light Requirements:

  • Light: Provide bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while low light may slow growth and cause the leaves to lose their vibrant green color.
  • Artificial Lighting: If natural light is insufficient, use fluorescent or LED grow lights to supplement.

Temperature and Humidity:

  • Temperature: Ideal temperatures range between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid temperatures below 55°F (13°C).
  • Humidity: Philodendron 'Florida Green' thrives in high humidity, making it perfect for terrariums. Aim for humidity levels of 60-80%.

Watering:

  • Frequency: Water when the top layer of soil feels dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's better to err on the side of underwatering.
  • Method: Water the soil directly, ensuring even moisture without soaking. Use a spray bottle or small watering can for controlled watering.

Soil:

  • Type: Use a well-draining potting mix. A mix designed for aroids or a blend of regular potting soil, orchid bark, and perlite works well.
  • Drainage: Ensure good drainage by adding a layer of small pebbles or activated charcoal at the bottom of the terrarium, even if it doesn’t have drainage holes.

Fertilization:

  • Frequency: Fertilize every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Type: Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Avoid over-fertilizing to prevent nutrient burn.

Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Pruning: Trim back any leggy or overgrown stems to maintain a compact shape and encourage bushier growth. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves promptly.
  • Cleaning: Wipe the leaves occasionally to remove dust and keep them shiny and healthy.

Pests and Problems:

  • Pests: Watch for common pests such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Diseases: Overwatering can lead to root rot and fungal infections. Ensure proper watering practices and adequate air circulation within the terrarium to prevent these issues.

Propagation:

  • Method: Philodendron 'Florida Green' can be propagated from stem cuttings. Cut a healthy stem with a few nodes, remove the lower leaves, and place the cutting in water or directly in moist soil. Roots should develop within a few weeks.

Terrarium Setup:

  • Base Layer: Add a layer of small pebbles or gravel for drainage.
  • Activated Charcoal: Add a thin layer of activated charcoal to help with odor control and prevent mold.
  • Substrate: Place a layer of well-draining potting mix suitable for aroids.
  • Planting: Make small holes in the soil and plant the Philodendron 'Florida Green'. Gently press the soil around the roots to secure the plant.

Additional Tips:

  • Air Circulation: While terrariums tend to be humid, ensure there is some air circulation to prevent mold growth. Occasionally opening the terrarium can help.
  • Observation: Regularly check your plant for signs of stress or disease, such as discoloration or wilting, and adjust care as needed.
  • Support: If the plant starts to vine and become leggy, provide a small trellis or support within the terrarium to help it grow upright.

By following these care guidelines, your Philodendron 'Florida Green' will thrive in its terrarium environment, offering lush, green foliage and a beautiful, tropical appearance to your indoor plant collection.

Philodendron 'Florida Green' 16.5cm pot

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