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Plant Know-How: Philodendron melanochrysum

Philodendron melanochrysum, with greenish-redish-goldish colored enlongated heart shaped leaves. In a terracotta pot, against a white brick wall.

Sometimes called Philodendron "Black Gold", Philodendron melanochrysum is a unique Aroid with stunning velvety leaves, that range from deep green, to reddish pink, to gold, and almost appear to be glowing from inside! Though the leaves may resemble 'Micans' in color, as the plant matures, the leaf shape is distinctly different and the leaf size is much larger than a mature 'Micans'. Endemic to the Andes foothills in Columbia, Philodendron melanochrysum grows up the trunks of trees in the wild. Like many Philodendrons, P. melanochrysum's leaves change shape as they mature, so you can look forward to watching your plant grow and change! To encourage your plant to produce mature leaves it is best to grow your Philodendron melanochrysum on a moss pole, or give it some kind of support to help it grow upwards! If you've grown Philodendrons before you'll find caring for Philodendron melanochrysum a breeze.

Philodendron melanochrysum, with greenish-redish-goldish colored enlongated heart shaped leaves. In a red plastic pot, against a white brick wall.

HOW TO CARE FOR PHILODENDRON MELANOCHRYSUM:

Light Requirements of Philodendron melanochrysum: This plant does best grown in bright indirect light. It can be grown in medium indirect light but it will take a long time for your plant to produce mature leaves, if ever!

Watering Tips for Philodendron melanochrysum: Allow the top 1/3 of the soil to go dry before watering. If you need some help knowing when to water your plant a moisture meter is a great tool that takes out all the guesswork!

The Best Soil for Philodendron melanochrysum: Your plant will grow best in a chunky, well draining soil mix. Our Folia Favorite Potting Mix is a great choice!

Is Philodendron melanochrysum Pet SafePhilodendron melanochrysum is not pet safe and can be toxic when consumed by pets. If you're looking for pet-safe plants, be sure to check out the Pet Safe category of the Plant Care Compendium

Did you know? The texture of Philodendron melanochrysum leaves can attract dust. Give your plant a gentle wipe down from time to time to keep it dust free and help it to photosynthesize effectively!

Have you been looking for a Philodendron melanochrysum to add to your collection? Well look no further- we have very reasonably priced juvenile plants available in-store and online!