Philodendron cv 'Florida Ghost'

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Philodendron cv 'Florida Ghost'
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Classification
Group: Angiosperms
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Philodendron
Species: P. cv 'Florida Ghost'
Classified: Cultivar
Growing
Propagation: From From seeds, cutting, layering
Adult size: over 30 m (90 ft); ~ 2 m indoors
Lighting: Medium
Watering: Let the soil dry slightly before watering
Fertilization: Monthly during active growth
Soil: Well drained
Humidity: High humidity preferred, low humidity tolerated
Other information
Toxicity: Toxic sap
Rarity: Uncommon
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Philodendron cv 'Florida Ghost' is a epiphytic plant of the Araceae family. A cultivated species of Philodendron squamiferum and Philodendron pedatum but this is unconfirmed.

Name

Philodendron comes from the Greek words philo- or "love" and dendron or "tree". This refers to the epiphytic nature of many Philodendron and their adaptations to growing on or up trees.

'Florida Ghost' is named because it was developed in Florida (which produces a number of Philodendron cultivars). Ghost is in reference to the white leaves.

Characteristics

Foliage

P. cv 'Florida Ghost' has green waxy, shiny leaves with large lobes. Mature growth comes in white and gradually fades to lime green as it ages.. A quality of philodendrons is that they do not have a single type of leaf on the same plant. Instead, they have juvenile leaves and adult leaves, which can be drastically different from one another. As the P. cv 'Florida Ghost' matures the leaves become larger.


Care

P. cv 'Florida Ghost' wants bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct light but avoid hot midday sun or the leaves will scorch.

Use a well draining soil mix (see aroid soil) and water thoroughly, allowing excess to drain. A waterlogged soil will lead to yellow leaves.

Common issues

Yellowing/dropping leaves

Yellowing leaves are a sign of too much water. Ensure the pot has good drainage and allow the surface of the soil to dry between watering. Older leaves will naturally yellow and die eventually.

If the soil is staying moist for more than two weeks between watering, or the soil feels soggy or very wet after a week then consider repotting the plant into a smaller container: the roots staying wet for too long will lead to root rot and a quick decline in the plant's health. When repotting use a well drained mix (see aroid soil)

Sun damage

P. cv 'Florida Ghost' cannot take direct sun, except in the early mornings or late evenings. Make sure it is situated away from parts of the home that get direct, hot midday sun.

Pests

P. cv 'Florida Ghost' is relatively resistant to pests, however it can be affected by spider mites, mealybugs, scale, thrips and whitefly.