The Philodendron Ring of fire is one of the most popular Philodendrons. It is a slow-growing plant, but it is worth the wait. This plant can grow up to a metre high and the leaves can be 25 to 30 cm long. The colours on the new leaves can vary. In addition to shades of green, the leaves can have orange and red to pink hues. The plant was originally called Henderson's Pride, after its breeder Keith Henderson. But the name Ring of Fire stuck. This plant was probably created by crossing Philodendron wendlandii and Philodendron tortum or polypodioides (a rare plant nowadays).
The name Philodendron is derived from the Greek words 'philo' (love) and 'dendron' (tree). This classic plant is one of the most popular indoor plants.
Besides being easy to maintain, the Philodendron is an air-purifying plant. The air-purifying capacities of a Philodendron are so strong that one Philodendron can purify a 10m² space. Of course, it is no problem to place several Philodendrons (or other plants) together in this area. Philodendrons can be slightly toxic to pets and small children, so make sure that they do not get close to the plant.
There are about 400 species of Philodendron, which belong to the arum family (Araceae). Philodendron species originate mainly from the rainforests of South America and the Caribbean. The plant was first described in 1644, but did not receive an official name until 1829. The Philodendron family is a large one, with plants of different shapes, sizes and colours.
The Philodendron cannot tolerate temperatures below 10 degrees. The ideal temperature for this plant is 16°C - 24°C. Temperatures above that can slow down the growth of the plants. This Philodendron is not very demanding when it comes to its location. As long as it is not placed in direct sunlight. Philodendron can be placed as a houseplant or in summer as a garden plant on the terrace. They tolerate lower light levels, but if longer stretches of stem grow between the leaves and the plant starts to look stretched, you may need to move it to a brighter location. Older leaves will naturally turn yellow. However, if you see several yellow leaves at once, this may be an indication that the plant is getting too much direct sun.
This Philodendron uses little water, but it is important that the soil remains slightly moist all the time and does not dry out. Philodendron Ring of Fire is sensitive to too much water. Always check the soil to see if it is not too wet, then wait a little while before watering. Do not water again until the top layer of the soil feels dry. In colder temperatures, the plant needs less water, otherwise it may start to rot. In warm temperatures, the water will dry up more quickly. Hanging leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or too little water, but they should revive once the problem is solved.
Philodendrons are tropical plants, so higher humidity will promote lush growth and shiny foliage. It tolerates lower humidity levels. Brown leaf tips can indicate that humidity levels are too low or that the plant is not getting enough water. If your Philodendron gets brown leaves, it is most likely because it gets too much water. Yellowish leaves that droop can be a sign that the plant is receiving too much direct light in its current location. You can feel free to cut off brown leaves at the split on the stem; the plant will eventually grow new leaves again.
Watering most Philodendrons is not recommended, as this stains the beautiful leaves and could even cause infections. If your home or office is very dry in the winter, place your Philodendron near a humidifier or place it on a wet pebble bed.
We have placed this Philodendron in a substrate of peat. Philodendron Ring of Fire does not grow quickly, but as with all plants it is wise to give it a larger pot once every few years. This will allow the roots to grow further and some fresh soil will also give the plant extra nutrients. Repotting is best done in the latter part of winter or spring before the plant starts to get new leaves. Philodendrons require relatively little fertilisation, but it is important to dilute the fertiliser well so that no salts accumulate.
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