Philodendrons are celebrated as some of the easier of house plants to keep and maintain.
The Philodendron mayoi is certainly no exception here.
Here, I offer some of the best tips and tricks of the trade to help you with your Philodendron mayoi care.
Let’s dive right in.
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Philodendron Mayoi Care
Choose fast-draining soil with peat, bark, and perlite. Provide bright, indirect light for 6-8 hours daily. Water every 7-10 days when the soil is dry at 2-3 inches depth. Maintain temperatures between 18-26°C (65-78°F) during the day and around 16°C (60°F) at night. Aim for medium to high humidity.
To offer the utmost Philodendron mayoi care, the soil you choose to plant in here is vital.
Philodendrons, in general, tend to prefer a soil mix that is fast draining. This ensures that the water they receive does not sit in the soil, causing a waterlogged base.
For this reason, I tend to opt for quality potting soil, preferably high in bark and peat content. I also go that little extra for my plants and place a small amount of perlite into their soil.
Perlite ensures my Philodendron mayoi receives the moisture it so desires, being that of a tropical plant. However, at the same time, perlite won’t encourage a damp and soggy prolonged soil area.
One of the significant advantages of a Philodendron mayoi is that it both loves to climb and trail!
Therefore, regarding the light factor here, whether you choose to make your Mayoi a hanging plant or a standing one is essential.
Primarily, most philodendrons, including the Mayoi, prefer the right amount of bright natural light. However, for the best Philodendron mayoi care, this should never be direct light.
The Mayoi’s that I have in a pot sit near many of my larger windows and get a great deal of light each day. However, I ensure there is a net curtain on these windows. This ensures my Philodendron mayoi do not burn.
For the two mayoi plants that I have hanging, I also trail them in front of my windows. Once again, though, I have a denser net here to keep the direct sun off them.
Overall, I offer my Philodendron mayoi around 6 to 8 hours of indirect natural light per day for continued health and growth.
As a rule, when it comes to the watering aspect of my Philodendron mayoi care, less is often more here!
So, rather than rely on what the top of the soil looks like, I dig in to get a more accurate guide.
A great tip here is sticking your finger into your Philodendron mayoi soil – at about 2 to 3 inches down. This way, you bypass the topsoil and can tell whether the soil beneath is dry or wet.
If the soil at 2 – 3 inches is dry, you know it is watering time.
By using this rule, I tend to water my Philodendron mayoi around about every 7 to 10 days.
When watering, I work from the top and allow the water to run through, ensuring it drains fully before returning it to its spot.
I also use rainwater, emulating the many conditions philodendrons would face in their native homeland.
Due to its tropical origins, Philodendron mayoi care regarding temperature is ideally centered around rainforest levels. This is certainly a sentiment shared by those philodendron lovers who run their own private botanical gardens.
However, that is not always a possibility for most of us! Yet, it is worth bearing Philodendron mayoi origins in mind when you bring them into your home to find their ideal spot.
A Philodendron mayoi thrives in a daytime temperature that is stabilized around the 65°F (18°C) to as much as the 78°F (26°C) mark.
Even during the night-time, these plants love to be kept warm at around 60°F (16°C). This is something to think about if you live in an area or environment where the temperature dramatically drops overnight.
As a guide, these plants love a medium to high humidity level in the home environment.
But I can also lay claim to my Philodendron mayoi being one of the plant types that don’t seem to be too fussy if you can’t quite offer them such a high rate of moisture.
A tip for increasing the humidity for a Philodendron mayoi is using a humidifier. This is an excellent supplement for all your Philodendron mayoi care if you can offer around 60% plus humidity manually.
Yet, if you have much wooden furniture around like me, proceed with caution here when using such devices!
The Philodendron mayoi is one plant that I like to provide with a nourishing liquid fertilizer at various stages throughout the year. This is usually for me around winter and fall when the growth rates tend to drop more noticeably.
I like to experiment with a little more natural feeder type during the summer months. I have discovered two natural ways of attending to my Philodendron mayoi care regarding fertilizer use.
The first is with coffee grounds sprinkled around the top layer of the plant soil or even offered when watering. Many Philodendron mayoi fans swear by these.
This is especially so for those who notice their Philodendron mayoi has slow growth periods. Still, I find them equally useful during the summer months.
Likewise, dried green tea leaves offer an equal amount of benefits here also. When used this way, they are considered some of the best natural fertilizers.
What I love about Philodendron mayoi care, especially, is how natural this plant is when it comes to propagating.
It is easy to end up with several Philodendron mayoi plants in your home! This is because you can simply take cuttings and then place them in damp soil for propagation.
I prefer the process of cutting a selection of my most mature and established Philodendron mayoi shoots just under the nodes. Then I vary between placing some in water and some in soil to grow on.
Undoubtedly, if you get your Philodendron mayoi care just right, your plant will offer masses of growth.
Philodendron mayoi is a notoriously fast grower. One big reason is that they are the plants that will most readily adapt to their home living conditions!
Therefore, I find myself witnessing new growth every couple of weeks, which is almost certainly down to getting all the above factors spot on.
I have found that Philodendron mayoi is the one plant type that does not overly object to being root bound. For this reason, I allow them to get to this stage visually before I consider repotting them.
This can mean leaving them in their nursery pot for some time when first purchasing them. Or it can be by way of allowing them to visibly fill their current pot out or start to sprout roots from the bottom.
When it comes to Philodendron mayoi care potting techniques, always ensure that you select the next size pot up. This should ideally be no more than 2 inches larger than its current pot.
That way, you won’t be overwatering your Philodendron mayoi, thus leaving its roots to rot in an oversized pot.
How to Propagate a Philodendron mayoi – Step by Step Guide
Propagating Philodendron Mayoi in Soil
To propagate a Philodenderon mayo in soil, follow these tips:
- Select a small pot to accommodate your cutting and fill it with a combined mixture of good-quality potting soil, perlite, and an appropriate fertilizer.
- For the best Philodendron mayoi care in a new plant, choose about 2 to 3 healthy sections from your Philodendron mayoi. Cut them all just under the nodes.
- Place these cuttings straight into the pot and gently press the roots into the mixture with your fingertips.
- Water these cuttings slowly until the water drains out of the pot.
- When the water has completely drained through, move your cuttings to a bright area that receives a great deal of indirect light throughout most of the day.
- Keep an eye on your cuttings to inspect for any problems, alongside a soil check for watering purposes.
Propagating Philodendron mayoi in Water
To propagate Philodendron mayoi in water, follow these steps:
- Choose the healthiest-looking sections from your Philodendron mayoi and cut them under the nodes.
- Take a small bottle or small glass of your choice and fill it with rainwater.
- Place all your Philodendron mayoi cuttings into this water, ensuring the bottom nodes are all fully immersed.
- Allow the cuttings a couple of days, possibly weeks, to develop new shoots from the bottom of these roots.
- Then, take them from the water and transfer them to your pre-made-up soil mixture pot.
Common Problems with Philodendron Mayoi
During my years of tending to Philodendron mayoi, I have undoubtedly encountered two problems. Yet, these are also, thankfully, the more widespread of Philodendron mayoi problems in general and therefore the more natural to fix.
The first is Philodendron mayoi turning yellow, and the second is thrips. Yet, once you become aware of what causes such matters, you’ll be much better prepared to offer your Philodendron mayoi care. Which is more than I initially was when first dealing with them!
Yellow leaves on Philodendron Mayoi
Yellow leaves on Philodendron mayoi are often a result of inadequate light – but both too much and too little! For example, if you have your Philodendron mayoi placed in front of a window that catches the full extent of the sun, the result is scorched leaves. Overexposure to sunlight lightens your plants leaves here, turning them yellow in days.
Also, if you do not provide enough indirect light, your Philodendron mayoi may well tell you so through its appearance of the odd yellow leaf.
Fortunately, this is a simple enough issue to resolve. Simply take another look at where you currently house your Philodendron mayoi and move it accordingly.
Try somewhere near a window, but under no direct sunlight and somewhere it can get a good 6 -8 hours of natural daylight.
Thrips on Philodendron Mayoi
This is an encounter I will never forget! Thrips can be detrimental to your Philodendron mayo – and they primarily cause damage by sucking the life out of your Philodendron mayoi – or rather its sap!
The worst thing is, they are very good at hiding. Therefore, you may well bring them into your home unknowingly.
For the best Philodendron mayoi care, as soon as you spot thrips, grab a soft cloth and some neem oil and gently wipe down all the leaves on your plant – until there are thrips no more!
Philodendron Mayoi is DroppingLeaves
Fortunately, a Philodendron mayoi that drops leaves is usually doing so because of overwatering. Likewise, these leaves tend to curl around the edges or start to look a bit droopy and sad before they do drop. If you put your hand into the soil and find it overly moist, then this is a case of overwatering. But – this can be remedied. Simply refrain from watering and allow the soil to dry out before beginning again.
Tips for Philodendron Mayoi Care to Keep it Problem-Free
Here are some handy tips to make sure your Philodendron mayo thrives and stays problem-free:
- Regularly inspect the plant and its soil
- Keep it in indirect light for optimal growth
- Monitor leaf production; address legginess.
- Rotate regularly for even light exposure and bushier growth