A highly distinctive Philodendron with very large leaves, which have earned it the common name of Elephant’s Ears. When young it has a semi-prostrate habit, but can be encouraged to climb up a moss pole. Anchor the stem to the pole with wire clips or rings to support the plant as it climbs. Eventually aerial roots will be produced and these can be encouraged to root into the moss by keeping the pole moist. The moss pole should be substantial as the plant can grow quite large and heavy. This Philodendron is quite easy to grow but care should be taken with watering as too much moisture can cause root rot. It is most-susceptible to over-watering during the winter rest period, so allow the compost to dry out a little between waterings.

Plant type : Foliage plant with climbing habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 90-180cm (36—72in)
Flower : None indoors
Leaf : Elongated heart-shaped, 15-20cm (6-8in) long, 7.5-10cm (3—4in) wide, glossy, green
Temperature : 16-21°C (61 -70°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate light
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer; keep on drier side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 10cm (4in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 21 °C (70°F) in late spring to early summer
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Mealy bug, root rot from over-watering
Availability : Occasionally available throughout year
Uses indoors : Feature plant for lounge or dining room; useful in office as specimen plant or in associated planting