Plant Species: Philodendron camposportoanum
Plant Genus: Philodendron
Plant Family: Araceae
Native Habitat: It thrives in the humid biome of South America, specifically in Bolivia, the Northwestern Central-West of Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Peru, and Suriname.
Soil Drainage: Moist and well-draining soil is recommended, using a substrate mix composed of coconut coir, perlite, vermiculite, sphagnum moss, and pumice.
Soil pH: Acidic
Fertilizers: Philodendron camposportoanum is a plant with modest fertilization needs. However, for its optimal growth, we recommend using a bio-type fertilizer (we use the BioBizz brand for the plants we cultivate) from the beginning of March to the end of November.
Air Humidity: As an epiphytic species that grows vertically, it thrives in environments with very high humidity. Therefore, it will develop consistently only at a humidity level of at least 55%. Otherwise, its aerial roots and base leaves may dry out, resulting in a somewhat bald and unpleasant appearance.
Temperature: 18-29 degrees Celsius
Light: Bright indirect light
Potted Plant Height:
- Size L: 30-35cm
- Size L: 9X9cm
Philodendron camposportoanum has two main distinctive features:
- It is a small-sized species compared to other species in the genus, usually not exceeding one meter in height at maturity. Simultaneously, it exhibits rapid growth, achieving maturity in ideal conditions within a single season.
- This characteristic makes it beloved among growers and enthusiasts worldwide: the leaves transform in appearance as the plant grows. Juvenile leaves are oval-shaped, dark green, and have a velvety texture. As the plant matures, the leaves become glossy and heart-shaped with long lobes, in a deep green, almost black color. Many leaves will develop a third lobe, giving them a hammer-like appearance.
Due to its natural habitat's relatively high humidity levels in both air and soil, ideal growing conditions require an air humidity of 55-70%. We recommend placing it in a kitchen or a bathroom with a window. Like all Philodendron species, Philodendron camposportoanum thrives in bright indirect light (east-facing windows are the best) and should be watered when the top two centimeters of the substrate have dried out.
Attention! To assess the substrate's moisture level, inserting a finger into the pot to a depth of 2 cm is the best way to measure soil moisture. So, if the substrate feels wet, keep the spray bottle away for a day or two, and if it feels dry, water it.
Attention 2! When discussing watering, consider the size of the pot, the amount of substrate, and its degree of aeration. In other words, don't pour a liter of water into a pot with a diameter and height of 12 cm, as this could drown the plant's roots. It's best to pour off excess water from the collector tray half an hour after watering.
The plant should be mounted on a support pole wrapped in coconut fiber or moss, in which case the aerial roots will attach to this support, resulting in a more vigorous stem and progressively larger leaves.
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