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Painted Lady Philodendron: Ultimate Care Tips [With Buying Guide]

Someone who has been into collecting exotic plants can relate to how heavy the Painted Lady Philodendron is for your pocket.

You would want to treasure the Philodendron to its fullest. 

Generally, Painted Lady Philodendron prefers a warm climate with temperatures ranging from 55 to 80°F, a humidity of 65 to 80 %, medium indirect sunlight, and a moist aroid soil mixture. Feed them with a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season, repot every 2-3 years, and occasionally prune with regular watering.

But before you rush to bring a Painted Lady home, a detailed insight into the care, propagation, and growth pattern is essential.

Overview of Painted Lady Philodendron

The chartreuse foliage of Painted Lady is an amalgamation of two-parent, Philodendron Burgundy and Philodendron Emerald Queen.

Scientific namePhilodendron erubescens
Common namePainted Lady Philodendron
NativeCaribbean and Colombia
FamilyHumongous Araceae
NatureTropical
USDAZones 9-11
Plant TypeVariegated Climbing
Growth Size2 to 5 Feet
Spread1 to 1.5 Feet
Leaf SizeUp to 6 inches
FlowerSmall white and green colored flowers.
Bloom TimeLate spring to mid-summer
AvailabilityRare
Greater demand than supply
ToxicityToxic to pets

Where to Buy Painted Lady Philodendron?

Painted Lady Philodendron is a very rare aroid. Every website or store that sells this plant adds “rare” to indicate its rarity.

Rare things are expensive. Such is the case with this plant. Its price ranges from $30 for cuttings to $400 for the grown plants.

But trust me, this plant’s beauty will not let you fret over the money you spend.

Places to BuyDelivery Period
EtsyIt will arrive in 7-10 days
Garden GoodsYou might receive it within a week
AriodsaleYour plant might get delivered within 10 days.
Plant Circle1-3 days if you reside in Germany, 3-10 days outside Germany
Nursery buyThe delivery time is 5-7 business days
Foliage DreamsDelivery upto 6 days

Painted Lady Philodendron: Ultimate Care & Growing Guide

“Philo” means Love/Affection in Greek, and “Dendron” means Tree. In their natural habitat, they love to grow on trees and require support.

Look at the essential requirements and optimum conditions for the plant to grow.

1. Adequate Sunlight and Temperature

Being a tropical plant, the Painted Lady Philodendron loves bright but indirect sunlight.

Painted Lady being a tropical plant, 

But, it would be best to ensure that the sun is not scorching, or it may burn the beautiful foliage of the plant.

Generally, Painted Lady Philodendrons require 70-85% of the total light intensity. The plant will thrive if you keep it in the morning or evening sun for nearly 3 hours a day.

These plants depend and live under the shade of other big trees in their natural habitat. So it would be good to keep them under shades on the patio or indoors.

The plant’s leaves can lose their color and get sunburned in excess light.

When the light they get is low, the plant growth will slow down, and the leaves’ size will diminish to a greater extent.

The plant will grow towards the source and, thus, be leggy in search of the light source.

If they do not get adequate light, they won’t produce the required energy, which results in slow growth.

Even though the plant is affected by the intensity of light, it can do well in medium light and indoor fluorescent or grow lights.

2. Watering & Humidity

Philodendron Painted Lady is among the plant that enjoys a little dry condition between each watering and humidity.

Before scheduling the watering, finger-test the soil to ensure proper dryness to prevent problems invited by overwatering. If an inch of the finger comes dry, rush toward the plant with a watering can. 

Generally, you should water the plant every 7-8 days in summer and reduce the frequency to once every two to three weeks during winter with a relative humidity maintained at 60%-85%.
Excess moisture in the soil and atmosphere causes root rot and harbors pests like bugs, spider mites, and scales. Pests slow the plant’s growth, followed by stunting and drooping of the foliage.

In contrast, underwatering in plants renders the root and stem weak due to obstructed transfer of nutrients during photosynthesis.

Solve the above problem by bottom watering the plant and letting them decide their drinking limit. 

And to increase the humidity content in the air, use a room humidifier or simply group the Philodendron with other house plants like 

3. Proper Soil & Fertilization

Painted Lady Philodendron prefers well-draining, porous soil with pH 6.1 to 7.3 enriched with organic nutrients.

A lightweight soil mix retains enough moisture and lets the weak root system of the plant develop without any obstacles.

So, prepare a DIY mix blending large chunks of orchid bark, coco peat, and perlite. Fertilize the Painted Lady Philodendron every two weeks during its growing season (spring and summer). 

You can use a slow-release fertilizer three to four times a year to let the plant “take it slow” during the dormant winter.

Meanwhile, if you use commercial soil mixes (specially formulated for orchids) like Sun Bulb Orchid Mix and Miracle-gro, feed only after 4-5 months for the mix to be pre-enriched to avoid overfertilization.

If you overfertilize the plant, the leaves may look burned, and the edges may turn brown. The plant’s growth may slow down, and eventually, the plant may die.

The plants will lose their natural color, and lesions will appear on the root and stem if you under-fertilize them.

Pro Tip: Fertilize the plant 6 inches away from the base while fertilizing.

4. Potting and Repotting

The Painted Lady has firm and well-established roots, so it doesn’t require frequent repotting.

Consider repotting only if the plant has overgrown the pot, which can take 2 to 3 years.
Roots peeking out of the soil, water running immediately through the drain holes, compact substrate, and pale yellow leaves are the rootbound signals.
 
While repotting, use a terracotta pot or ceramic one slightly bigger than the rootball of the plant. 

You can use hanging baskets, ceramic pots, and plastic pots to pot the plant. Ensure that whatever pot you are using has enough drainage holes.

Moreover, only repot the plant when it is in the “growing phase,” i.e., spring or early summer.

This video would be helpful too,

If you want to know in detail, read our article: How to Repot a Philodendron?

5. Occasional Pruning

Painted Lady Philodendron doesn’t require much pruning as the plant grows slowly compared to other indoor plants.

Once in a while, cut off the dry leaf ends and excessive growth to maintain the plant well.

Look for the unhealthy and diseased sections in the plant and prune them.

If the leaves and stem have gone brown and there is no going back, prune from the node’s base.

Painted Lady Philodendron: All About Growth

The Painted Lady Philodendron starts with beautiful foliage and retains its beauty as it grows up.

Generally, this plant is a variegated climber that grows from 2 to 5 feet and spreads as wide as 1.5 feet.

The main attraction for this plant is its heart-shaped leaves, with yellow and little green spots growing as long as 6 inches long. The yellow color of the leaves changes to green as the plant ages.

Further, the stem flaunts bright pink color and has red petioles, and the plant takes nearly five years to reach its full potential.

The painted Lady Philodendron rarely bears flowers. The Philodendron flowers are white or green.

It would be better to cut off the flowers as they take up all the resources required for the flower and have an unpleasant smell. The flowers bloom in late spring to mid-summer.

As it is a semi-climbing plant, you may need to add some stakes for its support if it is indoors. If it is outdoors, your plant will find support on its own.

Toxicity of Painted Lady Philodendron

The beauty of these vining aroids comes with the toxic effect hidden behind them.

According to the pet poison helpline, every part of Philodendron posses calcium oxalate crystal, which upon ingestion, has a toxic effect on both pets and humans, and so does your Painted Lady.

These oxalate crystals are the plant’s defense mechanism against external anomalies.

However, the needle-like crystals penetrate the tissue and irritate the eye and throat on chewing and biting.

The symptoms of toxicity in dogs and cats elevate into drooling, pawing, oral discomfort, and vomiting in do

As a precaution, keep this plant away from small kids and your pets.

And in case of emergency, immediately contact your vet nearby or any of the hotlines below.

Propagation Method for Painted Lady Philodendron

Painted Lady Philodendron can be propagated via Stem Cuttings and Air layering.

I prefer propagation via stem cutting as it is an easy and simple method.

Being one of the rarest indoor plants, you would like to have many of these plants in your household.

On top of that, the beauty this plant offers makes you want to multiply it as much as possible.

The best time to propagate this plant is during their growing season, spring and early summer.

Let’s look at the things you should consider before propagation.

Materials RequiredPurpose
Gardening KnifeTo cut stem
Gardening GlovesTo be safe from scales
Painted Lady Philodendron Potting MixPotting Medium
Rooting HormoneFor optimized growth
Ceramic PotBest for Painted Lady Philodendron

Propagation via Stem Cuttings

In Soil Medium

  • Choose a stem growing from the main stem with at least two or three leaf nodes and cut it with a sterile pair of scissors. Ensure the cut piece is at least 4 to 6 inches.
  • Prepare an appropriate potting mix with sphagnum peat moss and perlite.
  • Put the freshly cut stem in a rooting hormone and then the prepared mix.
  • The roots will develop after three to four weeks. Take good care of it and grow yourself a beautiful household plant.

In Water Medium

  • From the same method as above, choose the right stem.
  • Keep a jar of water overnight to eradicate all the chlorine content. This will also bring the water to room temperature.
  • Place the stem in a jar of water. Make sure you remove the lower leaves and that no leaf is submerged in the water.
  • Leave at least 1-inch space on the top of the water vessel and keep it away from direct sunlight, or the root will develop algae.
  • Change the water every two to three days.
  • The root will start to form in 2 to 3 weeks. Once the roots are 3 to 5 inches long, they can be transferred to the soil.

Propagate via Air Layering

This is one of the most interesting propagation methods. You can propagate the plant without cutting it from the mother plant.

  • Prepare sphagnum peat moss. Soak the moss in water one hour before starting the process.
  • Choose a healthy stem and wrap the peat moss around the node.
  • Use plastic sheets to wrap the peat moss.
  • Make sure to keep a small hole for air circulation and not wrap any leaves in the process. The leaves may rot.
  • Mist the moss ball regularly to keep it moist.

You’ll see roots in 2-3 weeks.

Further, unwrap the ball and remove the moss around the roots. Cut below the node and take the cutting. Make sure that the cutting has at least two leaves in it.

Put the cut in a transparent pot with potting mix and properly care for it.

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FAQ About Painted Lady Philodendron

Is Painted Lady Philodendron Variegation Stable?

The beautiful pattern and the colors on the leaves of the Painted Lady Philodendron are there to stay.

Yes, the variegation of the Painted Lady Philodendron is stable.

Are Painted Lady Philodendrons Expensive?

Painted Lady Philodendron is considered expensive, and if you are low on budget for house plants, you’ll be getting “Painted Lady Philodendron” without the “-ted Lady Philodendron.”

Because the variegation is a rare mutation in these plants, variegated Philodendrons are more expensive than other species.

It starts from $25.22 on Etsy to about $400.

Wrapping up…

More than anything else, stalk your Painted Lady Philodendron with a sphagnum moss pole under indirect light and higher humidity for an enhanced growth rate.

Be happy. Get a Painted Lady Philodendron!

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