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Philodendron Florida Ghost care: A hybrid of the Araceae family and the genus Philodendron. There are over 400 species in the Philodendron genus. The Florida Ghost’s parentage is unknown. It is a beautiful house plant that can be grown in almost any climate.
The origins of Philodendrons are from the warm and humid regions of North, Central and South Americas, where they can be found in rain forests or along rivers banks. Cross-breeding and extensive breeding have made the plants more resilient to different conditions. They also require less moisture and humidity than a tropical rainforest plant.
There are many sizes and shapes of Philodendrons, including large, upright, lobe-leaved varieties as well as smaller, trailing, heart-shaped varieties. The size, shape and color of the leaves can also vary greatly. They are perennial and evergreen plants. The Philodendron plant has been extensively developed and there are a few varieties, including Philodendron Imperial Green and Philodendron Pedatum.
Philodendron Florida Ghost Description
The Philodendron Florida Ghost is distinctive in its leaf shape and color. When they emerge from red petioles, the leaves have a single lobe that is very pale. As they mature, the lobes become distinct and they turn from white to cream, then different shades of green, until finally, they settle into a solid, dark green.
The largest lobe is oval-shaped and located furthest from stem. Smaller lobes are closer to stem. This gives it the appearance that it’s a ghost with arms, legs, and a head. The combination of the pale color and new leaves makes them look like tiny, floating ghosts.
Philodendron Florida Ghost varieties, and similar plants
You can also partner your Florida Ghost Philodendron Florida Ghost with other plants. Here are some philodendrons that you might consider:
This creeping vine, also known as the silver-leaf philodendron is another great species. The leaves are shaped like a long, elongated heart shape and have a grayish-white color.
The philodendron’s fatty leaves are heart-shaped. It is a very hardy plant with a dark green color and a wonderful texture.
The moonlight is yellow-green in color. Sometimes, the bright colors make it appear like a neon-green color. This makes the plant stand out from afar.
Philodendron Prince Of Orange
The Prince of Orange is a fiery orange-red, orange-yellow plant. This plant is attractive because of its beautiful combination.
Philodendron Florida Ghost versus Philodendron Florida Ghost Mint
Florida Ghost leaves can be any color, from white to cream, bright or light lime green to dark green. Florida Ghost Mint is a name for plants that have minty leaves, but less yellow than pale lime leaves. While the leaves’ color is affected by light exposure and other factors, Florida Ghost Mint and Florida Ghost are both actually the same plant. Florida Ghost Mint is not considered a distinct variety or cultivar.
Many nurseries and sites sell Florida Ghost Mint, but this can cause confusion and disappointment. A Florida Ghost Mint plant may lose its minty color if it is exposed to different growing conditions. However, some Florida Ghost Mint plants can retain their minty color despite changing growing conditions. There is no science that will determine if the color should be lost or kept. These little ghosts are indeed very mysterious!
Where can I plant my Philodendron in Florida Ghost
A Philodendron Florida Ghost can thrive in the right conditions and requires very little maintenance. It is important to take time to set up the plant and then adjust it as necessary after a few weeks. After that, watering and feeding the plant will be easy.
Philodendron Florida Ghost plants can be climbed, but they need to be grown up if you wish to have an upright plant. Although they can be hung from a hanging basket, they do not trail well. They have smaller stems and larger leaves than true trailing plants.
These guidelines will help ensure your Philodendron Florida ghost is happy, healthy and able grow and thrive.
It is a plant that grows loosely and needs to be spread. A mature Philodendron Florida Ghost will grow approximately 60 cm. Its height will vary depending on how high it is supported to grow, but typically it’s between 60 cm and 120 cm tall.
They don’t like being crowded so prefer to have space around them.
Philodendrons can tolerate all light conditions and are therefore very popular as house plants. Philodendron Florida Ghost is no exception. It can thrive in both low- or medium-light areas and brightly lit areas.
It will thrive in indirect or filtered lighting. It will do best if it is not in direct sunlight. The direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and cause damage to the plant. You can shade the light with a netting curtain, or shade cloth if you don’t have a suitable spot.
If natural light is unavailable, you can use a grow lamp, provided it is not too close.
Humidity and Temperature
These plants thrive in a humid and warm environment. They thrive in temperatures between 10 and 35 Celsius (50-95 Fahrenheit). They are not able to tolerate cold temperatures so they should be kept away from fans and air conditioners during the colder months.
Philodendron Florida Ghost plants do best in higher humidity levels (around 70). However, they can adapt to any humidity level. To add humidity to a plant in dry conditions, a pebble tray can be used. A pebble tray is a tray with pebbles and water at its bottom. The pebble tray can be placed on top of your plant pot to add humidity.
Choosing the correct container
The right container can make a huge difference in the health and well-being of your plant. Philodendron Florida Ghost plants climb, so the roots tend to grow horizontally rather than upwards. Therefore, a container should be deeper than its width.
It must drain well, be large enough to hold the plant and grow pole, if any. It is crucial that the container is strong enough to support a heavy plant like a top-heavy one.
It is better to choose a pot made of a heavier material than a smaller pot made of lighter materials. Pots with a higher potting medium to root system retention can lead to waterlogging even in well-draining containers.
The right medium for potting
A medium that drains well and has between 5 to 8 pH levels is the best for Philodendron Florida Ghost. A mix of all-purpose potting material, with some compost and some bark/peat moss, will be effective.
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( Watering and Feeding, Pruning and Pest Control)
The rest of the process is simple once you have chosen the ideal location for your Philodendron Florida ghost and placed it in a suitable pot and potting medium.
Regular watering is important for Philodendron Florida Ghost as the soil in the pot can dry out. You can check the soil by inserting your finger in the soil, about 2.5cm deep. If it is dry, water the plant. Let it dry for a few days to see if it’s still moist.
You can tell if your plant needs more watering by its own signals. Droopy leaves, yellowed or brown foliage, and a need for more watering will indicate that the water level is not right. Try to adjust the amount of water you give it.
Don’t overwater. Roots can become rotten if they are left in water for too long without being dried out between watering. Root rot can cause the death of your plant. If the plant is becoming waterlogged, let it dry completely. Re-pot it or remove any dead roots.
Philodendron Florida Ghost is a perennial and evergreen plant that doesn’t need to be pruned. They don’t completely die back in winter, but they will regenerate in spring/summer. However, they go dormant in winter and stop producing new foliage.
You can trim any unhealthy or weak leaves from the underside of your plant at the start of the growing season. This allows the plant’s resources to be used to create new growth.
A Philodendron Florida ghost requires minimal fertilizer. A balanced liquid fertilizer is required. It should contain a greater or lesser equal amount of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. (Look for the NPK numbers on each bottle).
Foliar feeding is the best. The best way to water your plant is with liquid fertilizer.
These plants are slow-growing, but their stunted growth and small leaf size indicate that they need more food.
Important to remember that the color of the leaf is not a good indicator of your feeding needs. They are naturally different in hues, ranging from lime, dark green, pale green, white, cream, and pale to lime, regardless of whether you fertilize them.
Controlling Pests and Diseases
Some diseases and pests can be found in philodendrons. Most pests and diseases can be avoided by keeping plants clean, well-watered, and properly watered. However, it is important to identify and treat any problems quickly so that they are not spread.
Pay attention to the following:
- Erwinia (Fire Blight), is the most frequent problem that Philodendrons have to deal with. This is a bacterial infection. It manifests in the form of wet lesions that ooze and give off a horrible odor. It spreads quickly and can cause death in a matter of days. It is very difficult to control, but you can trim the affected areas and remove them from other plants. It is very easy to spread so sterilize all tools and keep the water and plant from the base.
- Xanthomonas Bacterial Leaf Spot, a common problem in Philodendrons and all large leaf house plants, is also a problem. These spots are sometimes referred to as dark lesions on the leaves. Sometimes they have a yellow halo. They can appear on any leaf. Copper fungicides or bacterial sprays are effective in treating these lesions. To prevent bacteria spreading, the best way to treat the problem is to remove affected leaves as soon the lesions become visible. Remove infected leaves from all plants, and sterilize tools.
- Root Rot can occur when the environment is too damp. It is important that the soil drains well and the plant dry out between watering. If the plant doesn’t look well, and there aren’t any obvious pests or diseases, take the root ball from the pot. Next, check the soil at the bottom to make sure it is dry. Check the roots for signs of rot and death if the soil is too wet. These should be removed and the plant re-potted. Allow it to dry completely after it has been watered once.
- Mealybugs, tiny, wax-covered insects, feed on plants by sucking out the sap. This can cause the plant to lose its nutrients and water, which will reduce its strength and growth. For houseplants, natural remedies work best. To remove the Neem Oil from the leaves and stems, spray it with Neem Oil.
Prevention is always better that cure. These practices can help prevent certain diseases from becoming serious.
If you are not doing a foliar feeding, water your Philodendron Florida Ghost at the bottom. After drying out, water again.
The temperature and humidity should be kept as low as possible to avoid damaging the plant. In hot and humid conditions, bacteria and fungi thrive. To allow oxygen to reach the plant, ensure that there is as much air circulation possible.
Pot into sterilized potting media when you repot your tools frequently (1-part bleach in nine parts water works well).
Don’t overcrowd your garden. To prevent infection spreading from one plant to another, keep them farther apart.
How to make Florida’s Philodendron Ghost Whiter
The leaves of the Philodendron Floral Ghost are pale to medium in color. As the leaf matures, they become lighter and more emerald green. Some leaves can be yellow-toned lime green while others may be light minty green. Eventually, the leaf will turn to a deep green with a warm, golden hue or a deep and dark green. It is impossible to predict the exact colors of a plant and plants can produce different tones even under identical conditions. The amount of light that they receive is a factor in how dark or light the leaves turn as they go from green new leaves to mature leaves.
Kaylee Ellen from The Rare Plant Shop in England did an informal experiment. She kept multiple Philodendron Florida Ghosts in one room at the exact same temperature and humidity, and fed them the identical food. The plants closest to the grow lights turned out to be significantly paler than those farther away. Even the taller plants that were closer to the light were paler than those which were higher up.
Philodendron Florida Ghost, an evergreen and white hybrid Philodendron, is a unique houseplant that’s both striking and unusual. It is very easy to maintain and care for. It will thrive if you provide the right conditions. The leaves will be beautiful and varied, from light green to dark green.