The Philodendron Prince of Orange is named because of its vibrant, constantly-changing leaves. When it first appears, new growth is a starburst yellow, then changes to copper tones before finally settling into darker green hues.
The Philodendron Prince of Orange appreciates being placed in a bright area of your home or workplace while avoiding exposure to direct sunlight. The basic principles of caring for a Prince of Orange plant are to keep it warm, moist, and out of direct sunlight.
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A Brief Overview Of The Philodendron Prince Of Orange
With its vividly colored foliage, the exquisite Philodendron hybrid “Prince of Orange” is sure to cause a stir. If you start with a young Philodendron, you’ll have the good fortune to see its leaves change colors over the course of its lifetime. The three chromatic stages that are at play here are new growth, which begins as starburst yellow and gradually turns orange. Later, as the plant matures, the long, oval-shaped foliage develops a deep green hue.
The Prince of Orange is an Araceae plant with South American origins, like other Philodendron varieties. It is a ground-dwelling plant that is used to living beneath the shade of larger trees. This means that your Prince of Orange enjoys any setting that resembles tropical weather; your Philodendron, on the other hand, prefers high humidity, warm temperatures, and partial shade.
The Prince of Orange is a suitable choice for a potted ornamental houseplant due to its small size and self-heading structure. With the right care, a Philodendron Prince of Orange can grow to be 60 cm tall indoors.
How To Care For Philodendron Prince Of Orange
The canopy of trees in the rainforest filters the harsh rays of the tropical sun with its leaves.
The light needs of the Philodendron Prince of Orange are for bright but indirect light, or between 10,000 and 20,000 lux.
Consider buying a grow light to make sure it receives at least 8 hours of light each day if you reside in a temperate region with short winter days.
If not, placing your Prince of Orange plant next to a north or east window should suffice to meet its lighting requirements.
To avoid damaging the Philodendron Prince of Orange’s leaves, avoid placing it in direct sunlight in a room with a south or west-facing window.
Philodendrons are accustomed to a soil that drains excess water away but still retains a fair amount of moisture because that is how they evolved in rainforests. The same watering requirements apply to the Philodendron Prince of Orange.
You should react to the amount of soil moisture rather than following a rigid watering schedule for Philodendron Prince of Orange.
Keep it out of the way if the top surface is wet. Insert your finger if it’s dry. Water the Prince of Orange plant once the top inch or so has dried out.
Water should be slowly applied to the entire surface until it is absorbed.
The Philodendron Prince of Orange can withstand temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18 and 27 degrees Celsius).
Any indoor space should easily be able to provide an adequate temperature for the Prince of Orange plant because the majority of modern homes have central heating.
Of course, a temperature range at the higher end can significantly promote growth. Even in a temperate region, you can usually move your Philodendron Prince of Orange outside to enjoy the steamy summer air.
Be sure that the temperature is higher than 55 °F (13 °C), whether you are inside or outside. The temperature tolerance of Philodendron Prince of Orange rapidly declines below that point.
Make sure it isn’t left near an air conditioner or in a draft. Never let it get below freezing because it isn’t frost resistant.
Of course, the rainforest is a humid environment, and the Philodendron Prince of Orange loves humid air even though it has never grown there.
The humidity needs for Philodendron Prince of Orange are 50% or higher. In general, the higher the better.
You need to create a microclimate with a higher humidity level in order to provide the ideal humidity for the Prince of Orange plant without turning your house into a sauna.
Simply grouping your plants together can help you achieve this goal, but you can also add pebble trays with water underneath the pots.
Better yet, invest in a tiny humidifier to place in the center of your indoor tropical garden.
Your soil must be able to both retain moisture and drain well for your Philodendron Prince of Orange.
This is not as contradictory as it first appears because philodendrons thrive in the rainforest’s spongy soil which is rich in organic matter.
6.0 to 7.0, or mildly acidic to neutral, is a good pH range for Prince of Orange plants.
Prince of Orange plants can be grown in regular aroid soil; a special soil blend is not required.
A mixture of equal parts peat moss and perlite or 100% peat moss will work well for growing Philodendron Prince of Orange.
Due to its breeding, the Philodendron Prince of Orange will grow into a compact clump with a pleasing shape, so you won’t need to do much pruning.
Of course, you must remove any dead or damaged leaves in order to preserve the attractiveness of your Philodendron Prince of Orange. Foliage that is sick or damaged can harbor disease and draw pests.
Always wear gloves when cutting Prince of Orange plants to avoid getting stinging sap on your skin.
Rotating the pot a quarter turn each time you water is the best way to ensure that your Philodendron Prince of Orange stays in good shape.
In doing so, it will be able to reach for the brightest light without becoming uneven.
How To Propagate Prince Of Orange Philodendrons
With little effort, stem cuttings can be used to multiply the Philodendron. Simply follow these steps to be able to grow your own Prince of Orange at home:
- Step 1: Using a pair of clean, sharp scissors, trim the stem just below the node. Include at least one or two nodes in your cutting because this is where new roots will begin to form.
- The cutting should be placed in a jar of water in Step 2, with the water being changed every two days to keep it clean. Permit the new roots to emerge.
- 3. Place the cutting in a pot with a planting mix that has good drainage.
The warmer months of spring and summer are the ideal times to propagate your Prince of Orange.
Pests And Diseases
There won’t be many Philodendron Prince of Orange pests to worry about.
If you regularly wipe the leaves of your Prince of Orange plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil, you’ll see even fewer insects on it.
If any bugs do appear, you should have no trouble getting rid of them.
Small brown bumps on stems and leaves are the appearance of scale insects. Carefully scrape them off.
Mealybugs will gather under the leaves in white, fuzzy clumps. A cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol can be used to remove them.
Spider mites sometimes spin their sticky webs and leave noticeable yellow bumps on the leaves as evidence of their presence. Bring your Philodendron Prince of Orange to the sink or shower and give everything a good rinsing.
The Prince of Orange plant has been bred to resist bacterial leaf rot and fungus leaf spot, two of the worst issues for tropical plants.
However, you might come across a few diseases that affect Philodendron Prince of Orange.
When the soil is kept too wet and the roots are unable to breathe, root rot will eventually form. You’ll notice stems becoming brittle, roots turning black, and leaves turning yellow. Disinfect the pot, then remove all infected components and repot it in new soil.
In warm, humid environments, powdery mildew can grow. Eliminate the impacted leaves and spray your Philodendron Prince of Orange thoroughly with a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in a quart of water. To stop it from happening again, increase airflow around the plant.
Inadequate growing circumstances may cause additional Philodendron Prince of Orange growing issues. Your sick plant can recover if the cause is fixed.
Dark blotches may be a sign of tissue damage brought on by exposure to cold temperatures. Make sure your Philodendron Prince of Orange isn’t too near a draft or a cold window.
Crispy edges indicate insufficient watering, most likely.
Your Philodendron Prince of Orange’s pale leaves are a sign that it needs more light. It should be moved to a more well-lit area.
Increase the humidity in the air since brown leaf tips are typically an indication of low humidity.
Is There Poison In This Philodendron?
The sap of the plant can irritate the skin, and the plant itself is poisonous throughout. Keep children, pets, and dogs away from the plant.
A Philodendron Prince Of Orange’s Maximum Size
The Philodendron Prince of Orange grows to a maximum height of two feet.
Is My Prince Of Orange Turning Yellow For Any Reason?
Being over or underwater is the most common cause of yellowing. Yellow and brown spots on the same leaf are frequently the result of overwatering. If the entire leaf turned yellow and there were some brown crispy spots on other leaves, underwatering may have taken place. Check-in with the soil to see if it confirms your diagnosis.
The New Growth On My Philodendron Is Unable To Open. What Can I Do?
Frequently, if new growth is stalled or stuck, the plant isn’t getting enough of something. This typically takes place as a result of the plant not receiving enough light. Water might still be a factor if the light has been ruled out as the cause. If there is not enough water, new growth might shrivel.
How Often Should I Fertilize My Plant?
Indoor plants typically thrive when fertilized from spring through fall. Follow the dilution and application instructions on the package when using an organic houseplant fertilizer once per month. Because Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with a slow-release fertilizer in the soil, your plant won’t need fertilizer for the first six months after it is received.
What Is The Frequency Of Repotting For My Plant?
Every 12 to 18 months, we suggest repotting smaller desktop plants. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 1″- 2″ larger in diameter to allow for growth. The roots of the plant could be drowned if you choose a pot that is significantly larger than the one you previously used. If you wish to maintain the size of your plant, repot it into the same container, add fresh soil, and prune some of the roots and foliage. The plant is at its healthiest in the spring or summer, so repotting is best done then.
We recommend repotting larger floor plants every 18 to 24 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 2″- 4″ larger in diameter to allow for growth. To prevent drowning the plant roots, choose a pot that isn’t much larger than the one you previously used. If you want to keep your plant at its current size, repot it into the same container with new soil and prune some of the roots and foliage. The best time to repot a plant is when it is at its strongest, which is in the spring or summer.