September 15th, 2021
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Philodendron scandens ‘Micans’. This plant is native to the Caribbean and Mexico. They belong to the Araceae plant family, a group of plants commonly referred to as Aroids. These highly sought after plants are known for their velvety, dark green, almost brown foliage. Sometimes you may see this plant listed as the velvet leaf philodendron. If you are looking for a dramatic trailing plant this is the one for you!
Let’s talk about care. Like most philodendrons Micans thrives in bright, indirect light. If you Micans is not getting enough light, the leaf size will shrink and the internodes will elongate causing a long spindly appearance. Water your Micans when the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry. This plant will let you know if its past due for watering as the leaves will curl inwards. Micans easily recovers from wilt, just make sure to give it a good soak and it will transform before your eyes. This is one that would appreciate some extra humidity as well, misting daily will promote larger leaves. A well-draining soil like the Espoma’s Organic Potting Soil is what we recommend. These are great plants if you are looking for something to trail down your bookcase or hang in your kitchen. They have a natural sparkle and shine that is surely to make a statement in your home!