Philodendron Oxapapense is a type of greenery that would be an interesting focal point for your personal living space. Thanks to its unique shape and the overall appearance of the plant, you can rest assured that this plant would be the center of attention. After all, as a rare plant with its own charm and appeal, this Oxapapense does have its own selling points that will make it different from the others.
- Scientific Name: Philodendron Oxapapense
- Family: Araceae
- Subfamily: Aroideae
- Genus: Philodendron
- Origin: South America (Bolivia, Peru, Brazil)
- Care Level: Easy to medium
- Water: Moderate
- Soil: Rich, airy, organic
About Philodendron Oxapapense
What makes this plant interesting is the attractive color, the unique shape of the leaf, and the interesting stem structure. The color is light green to neon green, boosting the unique trait of the plant itself. When you combine it with the triangular leaves with the shape of the heart, silky texture, and tiny stems, the entire plant looks unique. The plant looks as if they are floating in the mid air.
As an ornamental plant, this Philodendron Oxapapense is able to boost the fun vibe and breathtaking atmosphere; no matter where it is placed. Not only you can place it in your house, but you can actually place it in your patio, your office, and also in the garden.
This plant is native in South American rainforests, especially in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Native people refer it as the gem of the rainforest because of the quality of the plant. If you provide a support pole, it will wrap itself in the pole, growing bigger and more solid.
You need to remember that Philodendron Oxapapense is native to tropical rainforest, which means that it is pretty resistant to drought (dry condition). The plant is able to withstand dry condition rather than overwatering because it simply can’t stand pooling water. it doesn’t like its feet being wet. The plant enjoy moist soil, but not soggy or wet.
Only water when the top soil has dried off. Touch the soil. If it is moist, then you don’t need to water it or whatsoever. But if it feels dry, insert your finger. If it feels dry, then it’s time to thoroughly water your plant again. Make sure that you use clean water. If you are using tap water, you may want to leave it overnight in a room temperature.
Develops your own watering habit. Observe what your plant likes to do: When it dries off? How long does it takes until your next watering time? When should you water it thoroughly? Every plant is different from one another. The key to successful growth is to really understand what your plant needs – and likes.
Philodendron Oxapapense likes organic, rich, and airy soil. It should be well-draining too, so it won’t keep the excess water too much. The soil shouldn’t be too heavy (like clay) but it shouldn’t be too sandy too. If it is too heavy, it will hold on water too much, leading to waterlogged issue. But if it is too sandy, it would be excessively loose; it won’t be able to hold any moisture at all. Both these kinds of soil aren’t very good for philodendrons.
In general, using commercial aroid mix would do. This kind of potting mix has balanced soil content that is able to retain moisture as well as promoting effective drainage. If you have this kind of soil, your Oxapapense would be happy.
Most philodendrons love bright but shaded (or filtered) sunlight. It means that your Oxapapense Philodendron appreciates enough bright sun rays but not the direct type. The plant is sensitive to sunburn, which is possibly happening when it gets direct sunlight. If you are going to place it close to a window, you’d better place it behind a sheer curtain or a shade. It would filter or block the sunlight. It’s even better if you can place the pot around 6 feet from the window.
Temperature and Humidity
Philodendron Oxapapense enjoys warm temperature, so any temperature between 24 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius would be ideal. A plummeted overnight temperature as low as 12 degrees Celsius is still tolerable, but not for a long time. That’s why it’s better to bring the plant indoor during winter months if you live in an area where it is frosty and cold.
Warm temperature with high humidity is perfect for Oxapapensealthough it can still tolerate moderate humidity. In most cases, the greenery is okay with common household humidity level, which is usually above 60%. However, if you want your plant to be happy and well, the humidity level should be set between 60% and 75%.
If you want to increase the humidity at home, you can always buy a humidifier. There are a lot of inexpensive humidifiers that are available out there. And they are quite good for most greeneries and plants. Another possible way is to use the pebble tray where you put pebbles inside a tray and then fill the tray with just enough water. Then put your pot on top of those pebbles. But remember, it’s better if the water doesn’t make any contact with the bottom side of the pot.
Philodendron Oxapapense needs micronutrients to grow well, and this is when fertilizer is pretty handy. If you pick the slow release fertilizer, you should apply it at least three times within the active growing months (which are taking place in springs and summers). In winters, cut down the frequency. You won’t need to fertilize your plant as often as you do in the summers.
The common fertilizer would do, but you can also choose the liquid type or the organic one (such as compost). Make sure to fertilize your plant at least once a month during summers and springs. Diluting the fertilizer is often done to reduce the intensity. After all, you don’t want to over fertilize your plant because it may lead to root burning.
The Oxapapense needs repotting once every 2 years – 3 years to be maximum. If you see roots start appearing from the drainage holes, then you need to re-pot your plant right away. It means that your plant (and the roots) are growing, and it needs bigger container. Choose at least a size bigger than your current pot (or around 2.5 inches).
You are free to use any kind of pot that you want. Whether it is clay or plastic, it doesn’t matter. Some people even choose the (plastic) transparent pot because it allows them to see the inside of the pot without having to disturb the plant. Whatever pot you choose, just make sure that it has enough drainage holes. If the holes aren’t as many as you think, then add those holes by yourself.
Philodendron Oxapapense can be propagated with stem cutting technique. Propagation means that you take a part (or several parts) from the mother plant, and then grow those parts into new plants. One of the most common techniques is with the stem cutting. You can also choose the medium: whether you use the water or the soil.
- Pick a healthy stem. It should be around 3 inches to 4 inches of length, having several leaves and one node.
- Cut the stem below the node. Make sure that you use clean and sharp cutting tool. Disinfect it before making any cutting.
- Dip the end (of the cut) to the rooting hormone. Wait until it forms callus. It usually takes an overnight.
- Place the cutting in a new pot. Use fresh soil to grow the plant.
- Water it thoroughly and wait.
- Within several weeks, new roots should start appearing. Try to pull it. If you feel a resistance, it is a good thing because roots start developing and grabbing a firm hold on the soil.
If you choose the water medium, make sure that you place the cutting in a glass jar filled with water. The node should be submerged under the water, while some leaves should stay above the water level. In several weeks, you should see roots growing. Once the roots are several inches long, transfer it to a new pot with fresh soil. Make sure that the roots are covered completely by the soil.
Philodendron Oxapapense contains the so-called calcium oxalate crystals, which are a type of irritants. When you touch the plant without using gloves, the crystals may irritate your skin, causing burning sensation, redness, and itch. If the plant is ingested, the crystals will irritate the digestive tract, causing swollen lips and tongue, vomiting, and upset stomach. In rare cases, it can cause difficulty in breathing. That’s why you shouldn’t place this plant close to your pets or kids.
Is it a climber plant?
Yes, it is one of the climber philodendrons that will grow bigger and taller when you can provide the right pole or support. Simply provide a stick or a pole and your plant will appreciate by, by growing beautifully tall.
How big can this plant grow to be?
In the wild, it’s possible that the plant reaches several meters in height. However, if you grow it as a houseplant, the height may not reach the maximum as the possible height in the wild. But it’s a pretty tall plant in general.
What kind of fertilizer should I use?
Anything will do. In general, philodendrons are doing well with the slow release type or the liquid one. The natural and organic fertilizer (such as compost) will also do. These kinds of fertilizers are the ideal ones for philodendrons or the aroid type of plant.
Is this plant grown outdoor or indoor?
It’s up to you. You can grow Philodendron Oxapapense indoor as well as outdoor. However, you need to remember that it isn’t a hardy plant. If you live in the area where it’s always warm all year round, then you will have no problem growing it outdoor. But if you live in the area where it can be chilly and frosty during winter season, then you will have to bring the plant indoor.
Is Oxapapense rare?
Yes. It’s one of the rarest types of philodendrons. That’s why it’s also known as the gems of the forest. The plant may not be easily found; let alone purchase. If you are able to have one, make sure to care for it carefully and properly.
Why are the leaves yellow, while the other leaves remain green?
It’s most likely from under fertilization. If you believe that you have fertilized it enough, but your plant still shows this sign, it means that the fertilizer doesn’t contain just the right amount of nitrogen. You should try another brand or another fertilizer type.
Is repotting is always needed?
In most cases, yes, especially if your plant is growing. If you see roots start coming out from the drainage holes, then you need to re-pot your plant right away.
How should I deal with pests?
You can use neem oil spray. Wiping the leaves with warm water and soap (or insecticidal soap) can also help. Make sure you cover all areas of the leaves, including the underside. Using rubbing alcohol is also possible to remove all of those pesky pests.
Does Oxapapense grow fast or slow?
It depends on you; whether you are able to provide the required needs or not. If you are able to meet its basic requirements, then it can grow fast. But if it lacks of sunlight and water, then it may grow slower than expected.
Is it true that Philodendron Oxapapense can purify the air?
Yes. Most philodendrons can cleanse the air quality. The plant works by removing toxins from the air. It means that when you have one at home, you can expect a cleaner and fresher air quality.
All in all, Oxapapense is a naturally beautiful and appealing greenery, but it has its own basic requirements. Plus, it shouldn’t be handled carelessly. If you do want to grow Philodendron Oxapapense at home, make sure you understand the requirements and you are able to meet them all.