Blessings have been given to us in many different forms, and one of those blessings is the most breath-taking yet rare plants, and one of them is; Philodendron Camposportoanum.
It is few easy ones to take care of, it only needs a tad more water than other plants, and is considered one of the rare species as well. Just like most philodendrons, this one needs indirect but bright sunlight for its growth.
When this plant matures, it adapts, a funky pink color on the leaves, when exposed to sunlight, and the leaves are not moderated to be of one shape but can vary. When the plant is juvenile, it starts producing dark velvety leaves, that are very eye-catching.
It’s generally a non-climber plant, but if permitted to grow, it can become a part of a larger plant. They are indoor plants but are best grown in warmer temperatures.
Philodendron Camposportoanum Classification
C.plumier was the person who introduced this vast and quite a popular genus in the 16th century. It ended up gaining popularity very soon, and as time went by, different species of philodendron, were found at almost all homes, that had indoor plants.
Philodendron has almost up to 450 species of climbing and non-climbing herbs from the Araceae family. One of them is philodendron camposportoanum. Some prefer to keep these in greenhouses, and some prefer to keep them in homes and offices.
Features of the Philodendron Camposportoanum Plant
They grow about a foot to a foot half in height.
The leaves grow up to two to eight inches in width. Eight inches being a full mature leaf.
Philodendron camposportoanum contains high level of calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause toxicity. And if it’s ingested by humans or animals, they can end up having swelling, and a burning sensation on lips, tongue.
Philodendron camposportoanum Care
Many people assume that it’s easy to take care of Philo camposportoanum because they are indoor plants, so don’t require much help. But that is untrue, they are one of the rarest species, and hence require certain specifications in their care. Water, sunlight, humidity, fertilizer, makes the job quite challenging.
Sunlight: indirect but bright
Fertilizer: Once a month during summers, you can hold back in winters
Philodendron camposportanum matures best under indirect but bright sunlight. Like all philodendrons, getting enough light is necessary for this plant as well.
But giving direct sunlight to your plant can be harmful as it has side effects, and can cause health issues. It can make your leaves take the turn of a yellowish shade, or even scorch them.
To give your plant indirect but bright lighting, place them in a place that’s either east or in the north direction.
Philo camposportoanum requires a little more watering. In other philodendrons, soil’s depth is checked before watering. But, only the top layer has to be checked in this plant, and if it dries, water it. But if the soil is moisturized, wait for a tad bit amount of time, and then water it.
Now, one of the issues that people face with this plant, is over-watering. Over-watering can cause serious issues like root rot. Plant when keeps sitting in soil that is saturated, and oxygen can’t reach the roots, the rotting of the roots starts. If the rotting of the root isn’t treated properly, your plant will die.
The range of temperature for philodendron camposportoanum has to be between 60°F to 75°F. The temperature shouldn’t drop under 55°F as it can end up having complications due to that. And avoid having frost build-ups on leaves
A plant that absolutely loves humidity is none other than philodendron Campos, they thrive in it. It gives a glow that less humidity could never. Most people are unable to create that air filled with moisture themselves, but humidity can be made by yourself.
One of the ways to do so and the most effective way is the “pebble tray method”. First, fill the tray with pebbles, then fill the tray with water, and then put the philodendron camposportoanum plant on the base of the pebbles.
Water will eventually evaporate, creating a lot of moisture, the plant will absorb all humidity. But if the pebble tray seems quite hard, you can purchase a humidifier.
A slow-release fertilizer is what is loved by philodendron camposportanum , so that the person doesn’t end up over-fertilizing or under fertilizing the plant.
During summers, you can fertilize your plant once every month. During winters, you don’t have to fertilize as the soil is able to keep the fertilizer for longer. What fertilizer needs is nitrogen, so that it can bloom into a beautiful green shade, and for that, you can use all-purpose fertilizer.
Repotting philodendron camposportoanum is only required when roots are coming boosting from the drainage holes. It’s when you can tell that the existing pot is becoming a tad bit smaller for the plant.
Repotting in summer or springtime is recommended. It’s easier for the plant to settle in its new container. Philodendron plants don’t adapt to larger spaces, so shift the plant to only a little bigger container than the last one. The excessive place can cause a lot of tension to the plant and can end up catching more diseases.
Philodendrons Campos needs well-draining soil, which prevents the plant from overwatering and under watering the plant. If you overwater the plant, the water will drain via the drainage holes in well-draining soil. It won’t keep in the unneeded water.
For that, use a plant pot with drainage holes. Or else, the water can sit underneath and affect the plant’s roots. Porous potting soil mixes are the best for these plants. They let the excess water drain through along with providing plenty of oxygen to the roots.
This plant requires neutral acidity so the pH level should always be 7. there is a great potting soil recipe that includes:
- Sphagnum peat moss
- Shredded bark
Sphagnum peat moss is high in acidity and adding lime will bring down the acidity to neutral range.
Propagation of Philodendron camposportoanum
The easiest way to propagate philodendron camposportoanum is stem-cutting and the air-layering method.
Stem cutting method:
- The stem cutting technique has to be 3-4 inches long. A cutting has to be made below the leaf node and be sure that there are two leaves attached still.
- Use sterilized pruning shears, before cutting.
- 70% isopropyl should be used to sterilize the clippers before making any cuts.
- Now you have to give time for it to cure.
- You have to make them sit in the warm environment
- It allows the end of the cut to harden which helps in rooting easily
- Set up a pot with holes underneath for draining purposes
- Use appropriate soil
- Place two inches of your finger deep down in the soil, perfect for cutting
- It gives you an inch space for stem cutting
- Fill the soil all around the cutting
Air layering method:
- Firstly, wound your philodendron Campos
- The wound has to be two inches in length and depth
- It has to be on the top so it’s feasible to take it out later
- Sterilize the knife first
- 70% isopropyl is used to sterilize
- Then cut using the knife
- The wound is exposed now, sphagnum peat-moss is to be laid in and all over
- Peat-moss will stick
- Plastic wrap is supposed to be swaddled on the wound and the stem
- It shouldn’t be swaddled in a way that its too little space or excessive space
- Sphagnum has to be sticked to the wound but also be able to breathe
- It takes two to three weeks for roots to grow
- While that is happening, your pot should be ready with drainage holes
- Once roots have gotten to four inches, take the wound away from the philodendron
- You will need a knife that’s properly sterilized and cut just a tad bit below from the wound
- Now the time is to take off the wrap as well
- Be careful doing this
- Time to plant new philodendron
- Roots need to be in a place where there is good draining soil
- The work is done
- Now make sure it’s doing good the way you would of a philodendron camposportoanum
- Give the specified water, sunlight, humidity, fertilizer, etc.
Philodendron camposportoanum is a rare species that have quite a few distinctive qualities but keeping aside the beauty that it holds. Philodendron camposportoanum matures when it’s being taken care of properly by fulfilling water requirements, sunlight requirements, humidity, soil, and fertilizer requirements as well.
The plant can grow up to a foot to foot in half in height. And you have to keep it in moist soil, with high humidity, and place it where there is shade, but it’s bright with indirect lighting and has a warm temperature. And it would thrive.
This plant belongs to the Araceae family, and most of those plants are indoor plants, and best for beginners, to take care of. And people who have greenhouses can keep them as well.
But one of the disadvantages is that these plants are toxic for humans and pets as well, so make sure to keep them away from kids and animals.