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Philodendron Gloriosum Care – #1 Best Guide

Philodendron gloriosum is a tropical plant with beautiful green leaves that belongs to the Araceae or Aroid family. It is a tropical houseplant and can be described as a terrestrial plant as it is not a climber.
Philodendron gloriosum is a creeping plant. In fact, it is a stunning plant with beautiful velvety leaves that are heart-shaped.

Therefore a moss pole is not necessary for a Philodendron gloriosum. It is more important to provide a narrow container that is long enough so this terrestrial Philodendron can crawl.

It is within the Philodendron genus and is a crawling Philodendron with heartleaf-shaped green velvety foliage and pale to striking white veins.

By crawling we mean creeping on the ground. Its stem grows horizontally along the surface. Philodendrons are either climbers or creepers. This one is a creeper.

The plant is native to Colombia and other tropical parts of the world. Apart from Colombia, it is found in Mexico, Central America as well as Peru, Ecuador, the western parts of Brazil, and Venezuela.

Philodendron gloriosum Care

Philodendron gloriosum grows best in well-draining soil containing peat, perlite, charcoal, and orchid bark. Alternatively, it also grows in 100% sphagnum moss. Provide bright indirect light and keep the soil slightly damp when watering. Before watering, make sure the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. The ideal temperature range is between 65-85°F (18°C – 29°C). Use liquid fertilizer at half-strength monthly in spring and summer and reduce to every 8 weeks in autumn and winter. Increased humidity between 60-80% can be provided for best results.

Philodendron Gloriosum - A velvety piece of art!
Philodendron gloriosum – A velvety piece of art!

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Philodendron Gloriosum Plant Care

Soil

Well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter is your best choice when it comes to the Philodendron gloriosum. A soil pH level between 5-8 is best.

You can make use of an orchid potting mix and add in peat and perlite to lighten up the soil and create better aeration.

Oxygen is very important for the roots.

A further ingredient in many aroid mixes is horticultural charcoal. It is said to sweeten the soil and remove toxins.

One may ask why on earth a plant would appreciate having charcoal in its soil.

The reason is quite simple. You should always try to imitate the natural habitat of the plant you are growing as well as possible.

Forests burn down naturally from time to time caused by wildfires. Charcoal, the product from burned down trees, is therefore present in the natural habitat of Aroids.

If the soil is dense, it may cause the roots of the Philodendron gloriosum to suffocate and might lead to root rot.

It is also possible to grow this plant in 100% Sphagnum moss. However, make sure to fertilize your plant from time to time as the moss will not contain any nutrients.

Poor drainage caused by the wrong soil will lead to root rot.

Light

Philodendron gloriosum prefers bright indirect light.

There is a big debate in the aroid collectors world whether shade, semi-shade, or a bright spot leads to better growing conditions for your Philodendron gloriosum.

Based on our experience these plants grow the best close to a window with bright indirect light. Too much direct sunlight will lead to yellow leaves and will damage your plant.

It is said that in perfect conditions in nature shade is best but to be honest if you are growing a Philodendron Gloriosum you will not even come close to conditions that are perfect for your Gloriosum.

Let’s, therefore, stick with bright indirect light.

A further effect of lots of lights we observed is bigger leaves. And Philodendron Gloriosum is all about big velvety, nicely veined leaves.

Long leggy leaves, as well as big distances between leaves, can be indicators that your plant is not getting enough light.

Place your plant closer to a window but make sure that the sun rays do not touch the leaves directly.

Watering

Keep the soil damp but not soggy and water once the top 1-2 inches of soil are almost dry. Philodendron gloriosum is a plant that prefers to have slightly moist soil but you should definitely not overdo it as this can lead to root rot.

In spring and summer water Philodendron gloriosum about once every 7 days. Reduce watering in autumn and the winter months to every 10 days or more.

In case you are spotting signals such as mushy roots or yellowing leaves your Philodendron gloriosum shows signs of overwatering and likely root rot.

Philodendron plants are susceptible to overwatering.

Do not worry too much as Philodendron gloriosum might survive it if you overwater it once or twice.

If you overwater your plant, the roots might not be able to intake any more water. The leaves of your Philodendron Gloriosum will droop.

Droopy leaves can be a sign of over- or underwatering.

If you do not water sufficiently, this plant will also indicate it by dropping leaves.

The best indicator will be to stick your index finger into the soil in order to know if you should water it or not.

Generally, the top 1-2 inches of soil should be dry or almost dry before watering.

Temperature

The best temperature range for a Philodendron gloriosum is 65°F to 85°F (18°C – 29°C). Night temperatures between 60°F to 70°F (16°C – 21°C) are ideal.

The plant grows in USDA hardiness zone 11 according to the plant hardiness zones of the United States Department of Agriculture

Humidity

Philodendron gloriosum thrives in slightly higher humidity between 60-80% as it is a rainforest plant.

They can also take humidity of around 40-50% if they have to but it is certainly not ideal.

If the humidity is below 40% you will have to think about making use of a humidifier indoors.

In summer it is important to make sure this Philodendron is away from air conditioning and in winter it needs to be kept away from radiators.

Both of these will dry out the leaves and the Philodendron Gloriosum itself.

Some people use to put a tray with water close to this Philodendron or use a pebble tray with water underneath the pot.

Both of these methods will increase the humidity and are far better solutions than misting your Philodendron gloriosum.

Fertilizer

Use liquid fertilizer at half-strength monthly in spring and summer and reduce fertilization to every 8 weeks in autumn and winter for Philodendron gloriosum.

The correct amount of fertilizer is key for good plant growth and bigger and bigger Gloriosum leaves.

Slow growth and small leaves might be an indicator that your plant is lacking essential nutrients.

The Gloriosum is generally a fast-growing plant that produces at least 1 leaf a month on average.

Propagation

Philodendron gloriosum is best propagated by stem cuttings. The sections between leaves can be used to grow new plants. See below for an in-depth step by step instructions on how to propagate your plants.

Growth

Philodendron gloriosum is a slow grower. It often takes more than a month from seeing a leaf spike to the plant revealing a new leaf.

The leaves of this plant cant get up to 26inches (90cm) in its natural habitat according to the Exotic Rainforest website

The Philodendron gloriosum has a rhizome that grows along the soil from where the leaves emerge.

Potting

Use a pot with drainage holes in conjunction with soil that is well-draining and you do not want your Philodendron gloriosum to sit in water. Drainage holes will enable excess water to drain quickly.

The best-suited pots for these plants are not round but rectangular and as long and narrow as possible. As Philodendron gloriosum is a creeper it will crawl along the soil and will soon reach the end of a conventional round pot.

Once it is hanging over the edge, the plant can no longer grow roots into the soil and the leaves will become smaller again as a result of that.

Philodendron Gloriosum Care
Philodendron Gloriosum Care

 

Philodendron gloriosum planter

The best planter for a Ph. Gloriosum is one that is as long, narrow, and shallow. Round pots are not suited and the pot itself doesn’t need to be very deep.

It doesn’t matter if you use a plastic or ceramic pot.

I personally use the Lechuza Planter Delta 20 as it is long and narrow and also semi-hydro.

Lechuza Pon also works great as a substrate for Ph. Gloriosum.

Philodendron gloriosum grow best in a long narrow planter. As long as they are small a round planter will do
Philodendron gloriosum grow best in a long narrow planter. As long as they are small a round planter will do

Philodendron gloriosum flower

The Philodendron gloriosum flower is white and consists of a spathe and a spadix. Under good care you will see you plant flowering once it gets more mature.

The gloriosum flower goes through a male and female anthesis. The female anthesis comes first.

Once it has started the plant will produce sticky plant sap on the white flower. This is the time the Philodendron gloriosum can be propagated using pollen.

After the female phase the male phase starts where the gloriosum will start to produce pollen that can be collected.

The flowering will last several days and weeks. However the male and the female phase will only last a couple of days and especially the female phase is easy to be missed.

The gloriosum is only receptive when there is sticky residue and plant drops on the spadix.

Philodendron gloriosum outdoor care

Philodendron gloriosum can be grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zone 11. The temperatures should be between 65-85°F (18°C – 29°C).

When planting the gloriosum outdoors make sure to choose a spot with brigh indirect light. This usually is a spot in the garden that has light shade from bigger plants such as trees and shrubs.

Philodendron gloriosum does not take full sun very well outdoors.

The Rhizome – Above or below the soil

When I first got my first Philodendron Gloriosum I was clueless as to what to do with the rhizome. The rhizome is the part of the stem where the leaves are emerging from.

This was myr first creeper and I was unsure. Should I bury the rhizome in the soil or keep it above? At one point I even had the rhizome vertically as all my experience was based on climbing Monstera and Philodendron species.

The answer is simple. Keep it above the soil or slightly below the soil for even better growth. It is supposed to be on the surface of the soil  or in the soil so the roots can grow into the soil.

The upper half of the rhizome should remain exposed.

The problem with a buried rhizome is that it is more likely to rot if the soil stays moist.

When the rhizome is not touching the ground the roots are unable to grow into the soil. So putting it horizontally or having it creep out of the pot will lead to smaller and smaller leaves.

For the best growth, the rhizome needs to stay at least partly above ground and the roots need to be able to find their way into the soil.

Philodendron gloriosum new leaf

Philodendron gloriosum leaves are growing in a cataphyll. This is an elongation of the stem. On this plant it has a dark red to brownish color with white lines sprinkled across it.

Once a new leaf is starting to grow on this Philodendron the cataphyll will get larger and larger until a leaf emerges fom it and then starts to unfurl.

The new leaf is completely rolled up in the cataphyll and starts to unfurl once it leaves it.

The gloriosum leaf unfurling offers quite a show and can take a several days to weeks.

The bigger the cataphyill the larger the leaf will be in the end.

Step by Step Philodendron gloriosum Propagation Guide

Stem cuttings are the way to go to propagate your Philodendron gloriosum. This plant is in our opinion easier to propagate than many of the other Philodendron and Monstera.

The biggest advantage is that if the rhizome stays on the soil and will grow roots down into the soil. Once you are taking a stem cutting from the rhizome your cutting already comes with roots in many cases.

Lets now dive into the step-by-step instructions how to propagate Philodendron gloriosum:

  • Find a suitable section on the rhizome between two leaves on the rhizome
  • Make sure to leave at least 3 leaves on the remaining mother plant
  • The cutting itself can have leaves or it can just be the rhizome itself.
  • Cut the rhizome with a pruning shear to ensure the cut is clear and even
  • Once the rhizome has been cut, let the cutting callous over for a couple of hours
  • Put some cinnamon on the cutting. It acts as a disinfectant and will help the wound to heal
  • After several hours (depending on the thickness of the cutting) you can proceed with the next step
  • Use a pot (we prefer to use plastic pots) and put some moist (not soaking wet!) Sphagnum moss in it
  • Gently put the cutting into the moss
  • If you can, put the pot with the cutting either into a plastic container or put a plastic bag onto it
  • Open the lid or the plastic bag every couple of days for a few minutes so the air does not go stale
  • The increased humidity will help the plant to grow roots
  • This can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. We prefer to support the process by putting a seedling heat mat underneath a plastic box as the increased warmth from below speeds up the process considerably
  • Once you have considerable roots on your cutting and the first 2-3 leaves have grown it will be time to pot the cutting into a pot with potting soil
  • Congratulations, you just cloned one of the most beautiful Philodendron on the planet!

We mentioned that you can take rhizome cuttings with or without leaves. The difficulty of a cutting with a leaf is that the leaf needs to stay in humid conditions so the cutting will not lose it.

The bigger your Gloriosum leaves are, the harder it will be to find a suitable container or plastic bag (transparent ;-)) to put your cutting into it.

A leaf, in theory, can be an advantage as the cutting might have more energy to grow new roots due to the photosynthesis it still can conduct.

However, there is no guarantee as you cutting might also decide to abandon the leaf and use the energy to grow new roots straight away.

Propagate Philodendron gloriosum in Water

It is entirely possible to propagate Philodendron gloriosum in water. The steps are the same compared to propagating it using sphagnum moss or soil.

Instead of using a growing medium you put the rhizome with or without leaves into water.

Make sure that no water touches the leaves or else they will rot.

Also leave the chonk or rhizome for 3-4 hours or even up to 12 hours to dry so it can callous over before putting it in water.

Tap water is fine but let it sit for 12-24 hours before putting your Philodendron gloriosum cutting into it.

Steps to propagate Philodendron gloriosum in water:

  1. Prepare a clean blade using rubbing alcohol and an open flame (lighter)
  2. Find a section with a node (this is where the rhizome is knobby)
  3. Cut off a section of the rhizome with a sharp kive or pruning shear
  4. Let the wound on the cutting callous over (at least 2-4 hours)
  5. Get a container and fill it with tap water that you let sit for 12-24 hours
  6. Put your cutting into it and make sure the leaves are above water
  7. Change the water every 7-10 days
  8. Wait for 3-4 weeks until roots start to grow
  9. Once the roots are several inches long, move the Philodendron gloriosum to a pot filled with potting medium (soil mix, perlite or sphagnum moss)
  10. Once the cutting grows a cataphyill and then a new leaf you know it has sufficiently rooted

Common Problems with Philodendron Gloriosum

Yellow Leaves

When leaves yellow it does not always mean that something is wrong. Old leaves yellow at a certain point in time and will die. However, if younger leaves on the plant are starting to yellow, the causes can be manifold.

Yellow leaves can be caused by direct light. This plant does not take direct sunlight very well. Too much of it will lead to yellowing leaves.

Remedy

Move your Philodendron Gloriosum to a location where it gets bright indirect light and probably further away from a window it might be located.

Another reason for yellow leaves is overwatering. Provide your Philodendron with too much water and the leaves of your plant will start to yellow. This will not affect just older leaves

Remedy

Reduce watering. Usually, it is the frequency that has to be reduced and not the amount. Check the soil and make sure it is only slightly moist to almost dry before watering your plant.

Check the soil mix. Is it well draining? Is water coming out of you pot within seconds when you water? If the soil stays wet and even soggy for too long, you will need to invest into a well-draining soil mix using perlite, pumice and or orchid bark.

Root Rot

Root rot is a cause of overwateirng and soil that is too dense and stays wet for too long. Its symptoms above the soil are stunted growth, leaves that are not unfurling and yellow leaves.

Remedy

If you suspect root rot or if you spot yellow leave and are sure that it is not caused by direct sunlight, it is a good idea to check the roots. Root rot is life-threatening for your plant.

The disease will quickly move from infected roots to the rest of the roots and will also be present in the soil.

Check the roots and see if they are healthy and not mushy and soft. Often parts of the roots come off easily and they look black or brown when they are rotting.

If that is the case remove all rotting roots and cut the roots back to the still healthy parts. Then wash the roots off, change the potting mix completely and use a well-draining potting mix.

Pests on Philodendron gloriosum

Plant pests are every indoor and outdoor gardeners nightmare! It can be so tedious to get rid of these little pesky pests.

Like most other Philodendron such as the Hearleaf Philodendron or the Philodendron Selloum the glorisum is prone to pests.

The most common pests on a Philodendron Gloriosum are:

  • Spider Mites
  • Aphids
  • Mealybugs
  • Scale
  • Fungus Gnats
  • Whitefly

Remedies

We tried many things to get rid of plant pests. We want to sparse you the science behind it and won’t mention a hundred different ways to get rid of pests. We will save you time and money and just name the things that worked for us.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is not cheap but it is working wonders. It is natural and you can spray it on your plants indoors.

This is a big benefit as you do not have to bring your plants outdoors and you can be sure that you are not inhaling anything that is harmful in your own four walls.

There are two different types available. The pure neem oil or the already diluted one. We prefer the diluted one as you do not have to mix it again and you can spray it directly on your plants.

To use neem oil you have to spray it on your Gloriosum until all parts of the plant are completely wet. Apply it once and then repeat the process in 2-weeks time again.

This way you can be sure to also get rid of pests that might have missed your first neem oil session as they might have been still in an egg probably in the soil at that time.

Rubbing Alcohol

Very effective. Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and put it on your plants leaves top and bottom as well as on the stem of your plants to get rid of any pests. Do this over the course of 2-weeks, every few days until you cannot spot any more pests or signs of pests.

Do not lose faith. As we mentioned in the beginning. Getting rid of plant pests is not an easy process and some of them might be so small that you cannot even see them with your bare eyes.

Look out for webs and plant sap that have been sucked to get insights into whether there are still plant pests present, although you can’t see them anymore. A magnifying glass might help as well.

Philodendron gloriosum is the show stopper in every collection
Philodendron gloriosum is the show stopper in every collection

The most popular Philodendron gloriosum Hybrids

Philondendron gloriosum x Philodendron pastazanum (Philodendron Dean McDowell)

This one is a crawler. The Philodendron pastazanum has beautiful leaves on its own with their shiny bright green look.

Crossed with a Philodendron Gloriosun, Philodendron Dean McDowell gets huge pillowy leaves that are glossy and deep white veins. It is said to reach up to 3 feet in height (91cm)!

You will also find this one named Philodendron McDowell or McDowelli, however, only Philodendron Dean McDowell is correct.

Philodendron gloriosum x P. melanochrysum (Philodendron glorious)

This is an extremely beautiful gloriosum hybrid combining the best features of two of our most favorite plants.

Philodendron melanochrysum and Philodendron gloriosum.

It has the climbing habit of the Melanochrysum and the beautiful leaves of a Gloriosum mixed with some features from the Melanochrysum.

The hybrids are known to grow faster and more vigorous than both their parents whilst they are considered to be easier to care for.

Philodendron gloriosum vs glorious

The main difference between the gloriosum and the glorius are that the gloriosum is a crawler whilst the glorious is a climber.

In addition the glorious carries over some traits of the melanochrysum. Apart from the climbing habit, the leaves are usually darker and more elongated.

Furthuremore the care for the Ph. glorious is even easier compared to the gloriosum. The hybrid gets larger leaves faster and grows more vigorously.

The gloriosum on the other hand is no cross between two different species.

Glorious is a hybrid of the gloriosum and the Ph. melanochrysum. This means the glorious carries some of the DNA of the gloriosum and some of the melanochrysum.

Anthurium gloriosum

Is there an Anthurium gloriosum? The right answer is that there is non. If you are reading about an Anthurium gloriosum it is most likely a honest mistake where the author wrote Anthurium instead of Philodendron in front of gloriosum.

The gloriosum plant clearly is a Philodendron.

Philodendron gloriosum Toxicity

Philodendron Gloriosum is toxic. If ingested it can lead to irritations of the throat, swallowing problems, oral pain cramps, and many more. It can even lead to cramps, seizures, kidney failure and coma if ingested in vast amounts.

Therefore keep this plant away from children, cats and dogs, and other pets.

Philodendron gloriosum Stem

This Philodendron has a rhizome that is growing either on the surface or slightly below the surface.

The rhizome is the underground stem of the Philodendron gloriosum.

Stems that grow under the soil are called rhizomes.

A healthy stem will be firm to the touch. A soft or mushy gloriosum stem is an indication that you have to change the soil or watering schedule or both.

Based on personal experience a stem lightly under the soil will produce the best results in terms of plant growth and leaf size.

However, make sure that the Philodendron gloriosum chonk is not buried too deep as this can lead the stem to rot.

Philodendron gloriosum Types

Philodendron gloriosum zebra

This gloriosum type has a more prominent veining compared to the original type. It has distinctive broad light green to white veins hence the name.

Philodendron gloriosum verde

This type has green to very dark green vheart-shaped leaves. It also sports white veins but they are less prominent compared to the Philodendron gloriosum zebra.

Philodendron gloriosum silver

This type of gloriosum has prominent silver veining once they are mature. The veining gets more visible the older the plant gets.

Philodendron gloriosum dark form

The main difference of the dark form compared to all the other forms is that Philodendron gloriosum dark form produces very dark green leaves. It is a rarely offered and much desired variant. The white veining is very prominent and the edges of the leaves are reddish.

Philodendron gloriosum white veins

This variant is a velvety beautify with striking white veins that are clearly visible. The veins are more prominent compared to other variants and are a clear white compared to the more greenish veins of some other gloriosum variants.

Philodendron gloriosum pink back

The pink back is a variant of the Philodendron gloriosum zebra with pinkish leaf underside. It has white veins on the adaxial leaf side and a pinkish hue on the abaxial leaf side.

Philodendron gloriosum round form

This type has rounder leaves compared to the more heart-shaped leaves of the other forms. the leaves are almost circular. It is said to be even more sturdy compared to the original form.

Is Philodendron gloriosum Rare

This Philodendron gloriosum is not exactly rare but still sports at least a two-digit price tag and can set you back even 3 digits depening on the size of the Philodendron gloriosum.

The average price for a Philodendron gloriosum currently lies between $40 – $280 dollars. The main differentiator in the price is often the size.

A baby gloriosum can often be bought for $40-50 wheareas a multi-leaved big gloriosum with a big chonk as a stem will cost up to $300 dollars.

It might not be available in supermarkets or most garden centers but you can buy Philodendron gloriosum in the US at Steves Leaves, Etsy, Ecuagenera, and many other shops.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Philodendron gloriosum

How to care for Philodendron gloriosum?

These plants need a well-draining potting mix and like humid soil. Make sure to not overwater as soggy soil will lead to root rot. The light requirements for this plant are bright indirect light if you care for your Philodendron gloriosum indoors.

Where can I buy a Philodendron gloriosum?

Philodendron gloriosum can usually not be found in your average garden centre. Your best bet is to go online and try to find one either on Facebook, Etsy, eBay, Instagram or from one of the Online plant stores that are opening up left and right.

Is my Philodendron gloriosum is dying?

First things first. Check the leaves. Are they yellow? If so check the soil. Has it been wet and soggy for some time? If so chances are that the roots of your plant might be rotting. A different reason for yellow leaves could be direct sunlight. There are many other reasons why your Gloriosum might look like it is dying. Another common reason could be pests. Check the leaves, stems and the rhizome frequently for little pests.

How does the Philodendron gloriosum flower look like?

The flower is white. It consists of a spathe and a spadix that make up the flower itself as do most of the other aroids. The spathe is covering the spadix. The flower is also called an inflorescence in botanical terms.

What is the growth rate of a Philodendron gloriosum?

Philodendron Gloriosum are rather slow growers. It takes up to a month for a new leaf to emerge.

Can I use a grow light for my Philodendron gloriosum?

You can certainly use a grow light if you cannot put it close to a window where it gets bright indirect light. Make sure you have a good distance between the grow light and the leaves of your plant. A general rule of thumb is to have at least 24 inches (61cm) between the grow light and the leaves of your plant. Otherwise, they might get burnt and if the light is too intense they could also yellow and fall off.

What are the light requirements for a Philodendron gloriosum?

When talking about the light requirements we have to differentiate between indoor and outdoor care. Outdoors the Philodendron Gloriosum prefers semi-shade to shade. Indoors this plant grows best with bright indirect light.

Is Philodendron gloriosum toxic?

This plant is toxic to humans, cats and dogs. It can lead to swellings in the mouth area as well as cramps and irritations. In very severe cases when ingested in high amounts it can lead to cramps, kidney failure and coma.

Conclusion About Philodendron Gloriosum Care

Philodendron gloriosum is easy to care for and the green velvety leaves are just stunning. Provide it with well-draining soil for aroids, regular watering every 7 days on average when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry and ample humidity of >60%. The best temperature range is 65-85°F (18°C – 29°C).

Author Bio

Daniel Iseli

Taking care of houseplants and gardening are my greatest passions. I am transforming my apartment into an urban jungle and am growing veggies in my indoor and outdoor garden year-round.

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