In this post, we are going to be talking about Philodendron Gloriosum. We’ll provide you with the most in-depth information to teach you everything you need to know to care for your plant.
The Philodendron Gloriosum plant is an evergreen, climbing houseplant from the tropical rainforests of Colombia. It develops large heart-shaped leaves, green in color, with pink margins and light green, white, or pinkish veins.
The beautiful leaves have a velvety appearance and as they become mature, the white veins are more pronounced. The leaves of Philodendron gloriosum are said to be able to reach a size of 30 inches in natural areas. This easy-to-care-for philodendron is a great choice for beginners and people with very active lifestyles.
Philodendron Gloriosum grows very differently than a lot of other philodendrons. Instead of being a climber like the Monstera deliciosa or the Philodendron Micans, it’s a crawler, also known as the runner type because it grows horizontally on the ground.
In nature, the Gloriosum likes to trail along the surface of tropical forests, rather than climbing up. In doing so, it produces bigger leaves while it’s crawling on the ground, and covers the whole forest floor, which is pretty cool. Because of this behavior, their roots are exposed here, so make sure they are not buried in the soil.
Philodendron Gloriosum is not a fast grower; From the time a new leaf stalk appears, you may have to wait a month or more for the new leaf to fully open. However, it grows much faster and can get so much bigger in the wild, and with the right environment, this plant can get just as big for you in your apartment or your home.
|White, Pink, Green
|Jun, Jul, Aug
|Width at Maturity
|1.5 – 3 feet (0.5 – 1 meter)
|Height at Maturity
|3 – 5 feet (1 – 1.5 meters)
Philodendron Gloriosum care
Like many other philodendron species, gloriosum does not need much care. Here are some cultural guidelines:
Philodendron Gloriosum likes bright, indirect sunlight. In nature, it grows on the forest grounds and is used to having that trickled light that passes through the canopy. Find a position near a window where the sun’s direct afternoon rays never touch the foliage.
If you do give it too much sunlight, it will show by having brown leaves or yellow leaves. It’ll show signs of stress. Although it is normal for older leaves to turn yellow, the plant may become too light if it has multiple leaves at the same time.
However, it also doesn’t want to be in complete darkness. Low light can cause them to grow quite leggy (when the stems are long and stretched a few inches between the leaves) and even stunt growth, making their leaves grow smaller and smaller with time.
Sometimes a shady location for the Philodendron Gloriosum is recommended, but then the plant does less well. The more light (without direct sun!), the more the leaves seem to grow. In case of limited natural lighting, you can use a grow light for at least seven hours a day.
Additionally, it’s important to keep your leaves as clean as possible so that absorb more light and can grow better. That layer of dust acts as a screen, blocking out some of the light from getting to your plant. You can use a clean makeup brush to gently brush the dust away. Do not use a cloth because that doesn’t work as well on the velvety leaves.
Philodendrons do not like to be waterlogged and will rot quickly when exposed to standing water. Make sure one inch of the soil on top is a little bit dry before watering it again.
When you water, you want to thoroughly soak the soil but make sure to dump out any excess water. Self-watering planters are more convenient when it comes to this With a water reservoir underneath, you can easily monitor the water level through an indicator, refilling it every two or three weeks, even in the summer heat.
If you notice the plant drooping or wilting, these are signs that it needs more water. If it doesn’t have enough water, the leaves will also come out tinier.
Avoid overwatering by refraining from watering when the soil is still too wet, as this can lead to root rot. Another trick on how to keep the plant from rotting is to keep this horizontal stem above the soil line. That way, it won’t be buried in soil or have too much moisture that will rot away this stem. This is a very important tip if you have any crawling philodendrons—always keep this horizontal stem above the soil.
The ideal temperature for this philodendron is between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius or 60 to 85 Fahrenheit. In general, they’ll be happy in your home if you’re happy in your home. If you’re feeling like you’re a little bit too cold, your plant’s probably a bit too cold as well. So try and keep it within that realm.
Also, it’s important to avoid hot and cold drafts. They don’t like fluctuations in temperature. So if you can keep them away from drafty windows, air vents, etc, it’ll help keep them a bit more regular temperature-wise and happier in general.
Humidity is super important for your Gloriosums because they are tropical plants from the rainforest. Their ideal is 60 to 80 percent, but they can handle like 40 to 50. If you live in an area with low humidity, you can use a humidifier or group your plants together with other aroids to create an ecosystem.
Also, contrary to what we do for most philodendrons, it’s a good idea to avoid misting your Gloriosum. Their velvet leaves don’t like water sitting on them, similar to the Melanochrysums. So misting them won’t help with boosting humidity butt could create issues like fungal diseases in the leaves.
Philodendrons do best in loose, well-drained soil. They grow in Sphagnum or a mixture of peat and perlite. You don’t want it to be too dense because that can suffocate the roots, and it’ll probably hold a lot more water, potentially making your plant rot, which is not ideal.
So a nice loose, chunky soil mix will be good for them. If the soil mixture is too heavy, you can add a small amount of sand to loosen it up.
Feed Philodendron house plants with a balanced fertilizer approximately every month in the growing season (spring and summer).
You can continue to fertilize with a smaller dose every six to eight weeks in the autumn and winter if your plant is still growing. But if it goes a bit dormant, it’s best to stop because it can cause the roots to burn from over-fertilization.
If you’re using something like an all-purpose fertilizer, it’s best to reduce the strength to half to not overwhelm the plant. And if you’ve not fertilized your plant in a long time, it’s best to gradually bring it up to fertilizing it again rather than just throwing a bunch of fertilizer at it because that can be hard on the plant, stress it out, and burn the roots.
Slow growth and small leaf size are your plant’s way of indicating that it isn’t getting enough fertilizer. A light blue appearance on the leaves usually indicates that the plant is not getting enough calcium and magnesium, which are essential micronutrients for philodendrons. You can add this with, for example, fertilizer.
You should only prune your philodendrons to remove dead or diseased leaves. The plant will grow best if left alone and not manipulated in any way unless it is necessary for the health of the plant. You may also need to trim away parts that have grown beyond what they can support.
If you find a new leaf, don’t place the plant in direct sunlight as this will stress it out and cause premature wilting. If your philodendron has been rooted for at least six months, then placing it in direct sunlight should be fine.
How to propagate Philodendron Gloriosum
Philodendron Gloriosum can easily be propagated by taking a cutting from an existing plant. All you need to do is to take a stem cutting with a node (A node is where the bottom of the leaf comes) using some clean, sharp scissors or a knife, Because it’s a horizontal grower, you can cut it anywhere there are roots.
You can then place the cutting in a propagation medium of choice, either soil, water, or sphagnum moss. After rooting, you can then transfer the baby plant to a pot with a new potting mix. It will take at least six months to see growth, but they should eventually grow into a healthy new plant!
Another way you can propagate a Gloriosum is to propagate by division. When this plant gets more mature, it will divide and create different baby Gloriosums in the same pot. That’s when you can cut those baby Gloriosums and make more Gloriosoms.
Repotting Philodendron Gloriosum
Philodendrons should only be repotted every 2-3 years in a pot that is ideally 1 to 2 inches wider. Keep in mind that these grow horizontally, so it’s better to have a horizontal pot. If you have a circular pot, the plant will eventually grow out of it and its leaves will grow smaller because there’s no space for those roots to ground themselves.
Simply place the plant in a new pot ( with an inch of dirt, water thoroughly then mulch around the base (pot) of your new planting. At this point, you will want a potting mix with excellent drainage capabilities, and also be careful not to over-water your plant once it has been transplanted.
Philodendron Gloriosum problems
- If the leaves turn yellow, it is excessive watering with risk of root rot.
- If the leaves soften or sag, it’s a lack of water and/or humidity.
- Yellow spots with necrosis around them appear, these are bacteria linked to an overly humid environment.
- It is easy to burn the leaves of the plant. Direct sunlight also causes leaves to turn yellow.
- Mealybugs sometimes develop on peduncles and under leaves. Remove them using a swab soaked in rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol. An hour later, rinse.
- If you have long stems between the nodes of your plant, it’s a lack of light.
Is Philodendron Gloriosum Pet-friendly or Toxic?
Unfortunately, Philodendron Gloriosum is toxic to humans and pets. So do keep it out of reach of children and pets. If ingested, it can cause mouth irritation, throat irritation, nausea, and other gastrointestinal issues.
So avoid consuming it if at all possible and take your pets to the vet if they do eat a lot of it or even some of it because it’s not good for them.
Why is Philodendron Gloriosum so expensive?
Philodendron Gloriosum is a very sought-after variety due to its unique appearance. It is priced higher than standard philodendrons because supply cannot always meet demand. Many species of philodendrons are in high demand, but those that are readily available are not too expensive.
Where do you put Philodendron Gloriosum?
Place the Philodendron in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. The more light it receives, the bigger the leaves.
Is Philodendron Gloriosum a climber?
Philodendron Gloriosum is not a climber, but a creeper or crawler. However, you can provide it with support structures like stakes or moss poles to encourage vertical growth.
What issues do Gloriosum have?
Philodendron Gloriosum may face issues such as overwatering, root rot, and susceptibility to pests like spider mites. Ensuring well-draining soil and proper watering practices can help mitigate these problems.
How can I make my Philodendron Gloriosum grow faster?
To encourage faster growth, ensure your Philodendron Gloriosum is placed in a well-lit area with bright, indirect sunlight. Additionally, maintain a consistent watering schedule, provide adequate humidity, and consider occasional fertilization during the growing season.
How long does it take Philodendron Gloriosum to mature?
The time for Philodendron Gloriosum to reach maturity can vary. Compared to other philodendron species, patience is required to grow this plant. Its growth is rather slow and it often takes more than a month for the new leaves to open.
Generally, it may take several years, and the plant’s growth rate depends on factors like environmental conditions, care practices, and individual plant characteristics.