The Philodendron glorious is one mysterious hybrid gaining popularity in the plant kingdom. The plant has the most vibrant foliage and is a semi-climbing aroid. One thing is for sure it will capture everyone’s attention no matter where it stands.
You can grow this exotic hybrid as a floor plant as it will climb a trellis or a bookcase. So, you will be in for a treat with this gorgeous tropical plant when caring for it. The Philodendron glorious prefers bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil, and it also benefits from regular pruning to maintain its shape and size. Whether you have one or plan to get one, you can learn how to care for the Philodendron glorious right here.
What is the Philodendron Glorious plant?
If you want an exotic tropical plant that is rare to become the talk at most parties. Then the Philodendron glorious will become the center of attention when people visit your home. Is the plant half terrestrial, or is it epiphytic? Well, it is both, as this hybrid plant has features from its parents.
Still, most growers consider it epiphytic, and you may need to provide it with a moss pole or trellis at first to provide some training to climb. But the vines also grow well along the ground or look fabulous in a hanging basket. In addition, the Glorious is a low-maintenance plant and can handle some dry spells compared to wet feet.
Another benefit is that your plant will propagate quickly and thrive indoors at home temperature and humidity. It also grows the most gorgeous glimmering velvet leaves. The foliage grows enormous, but thus far, no sightings are seen of any blooms.
Still, the parent plant Gloriosum can produce the most beautiful white flower. Another thing you will love is that Glorious is a bit of a slow grower. It can grow a leaf in one or two months. The foliage is an attractive dark green and narrow.
Lastly, the Glorious grows best in the USDA hardiness zone 11 outdoors, but you can grow it year-long indoors. So, suppose you want an easy-to-maintain plant. In that case, the Philodendron glorious is what you need and is sure to add a touch of flair to your tropical collection.
Origin and Classification
Before we dig into this plant, there are some crucial things to cover. Firstly, the Philodendron glorious is one rare plant and a plant lover’s dream plant. The exotic plant is a hybrid between the Philodendron gloriosum and Philodendron melanochrysum.
The name draws inspiration from the two Philodendron varieties, the Majestic and Splendid. Still, it also pays homage to its roots in the Gloriosum. The hybrid originates from the work of Keith Henderson and Australians cultivating the plant from the two Philodendron species above.
Hence, the scientific name Philodendron Gloriosum x Melanochrysum. So, if you want to care for this easy to low-maintenance plant, do not get confused with the Gloriosum when looking for it online, as it is the Glorius parent plant.
Features of Philodendron Glorious Plant
As you know by now, the Philodendron glorious, or the Philodendron Gloriosum x Melanochrysum as it is scientifically known, is a hybrid between these two plants. The plant was cultivated by Keith Henderson in the 1970s, making it a rare find with little information known. But the plant, in its own right, has unique features that stand out from its parent plants.
It is a hybrid between the Gloriosum and Mela Melanochysum. It develops features of both these spectacular plants.
The leaves of the Glorious are longer and narrower compared to the Gloriosum. Yet, it is darker in color, coming from the origin of the Melanochysum.
Furthermore, the Glorious develops oval petioles compared to the D-shaped and flat on top ones seen in the Gloriosum. The leaves can grow about 20 inches (50cm) in length with a width of 8-inches (20cm).
The Glorious seldom blooms and is mainly loved for the glittering velvet foliage compared to the Philodendron gloriosum, which produces white flowers noticeable in the growing season of spring and summer.
As the Philodendron glorious is a semi-climber aroid from the Araceae family, it can crawl or climb different heights. It all depends on your support as the Gloriosum can trail up to three feet long.
While many gardeners will tell you that most indoor plants are immune to diseases and pests. You can still find some concerns with the plant: overwatering and root rot. Still, it remains a unique yet fascinating plant when given loads of TLC.
Basic Care of Philodendron Glorious Plant
Philodendron Gloriosum x Melanochrysum enjoys bright indirect light to keep the gorgeous foliage looking dazzling and fresh. An important note is to let the soil dry between watering and provide your baby with high humidity.
You will find that your Glorious plant is drought tolerant and needs watering once a week. The best part is it thrives in the temperatures of the home. Let’s look a bit closer at what this tropical plant needs.
For most Philodendron species, a light and airy potting soil will do wonders. The important thing is to provide your plant with moist soil throughout the year. You can use a well-draining potting mix, like an aroid mix. For added protection, you can add some perlite to prevent root rot.
The perlite will help absorb the water releasing it gradually to keep the soil moist. We do not recommend using clay or sand as it retains too much water, which could lead to fungal infection. Ideally, the tropical plant prefers an acidic soil of 6.5 to 7.5.
Another helpful thing is to add horticultural charcoal as it imitates the plant’s natural environment. Furthermore, it will protect your plant from bacterial and fungal diseases.
The biggest concern with the Philodendron Gloriosum x Melanochrysum is root rot from overwatering. So, the best is to water your plant once to twice a week in the summer. But you can increase watering in intense heat.
You will find your plant drinks a lot of water in summer, but when dormant in winter, it does not need as much water, and once a week is fine. Yet, the most reliable way to check is to stick your finger in the soil to feel if the top three inches are dry.
A tell-tale sign your Glorious plant needs watering is when the leaves look dry, and best to quench the plant’s thirst.
For your Philodendron glorious to flourish, it needs bright indirect sunlight to prevent burning the leaves as it will turn yellow. Therefore, if you have planted your Glorious Philodendron outdoors, ensure it has partial shade from the trees.
The best spot for an indoor plant is at the east or south-facing window with dappled light. The great thing is that you can grow your exotic plant in a hanging basket or leave it to trail on a balcony, or grow them under artificial lights.
4. Temperature and Humidity
Your Philodendron glorious prefers a milder to warmer temperature as it helps improve the overall health of your plant. The recommended temperature is around 65° F to 80° F (18° to 27° C). However, the temperature range is suitable throughout the year.
Yet, in winter, your plant is not frost-tolerant and best to bring indoors. If you find freezing temperatures indoors, we recommend placing your plant close to a heater but not too close to prevent the leaves from burning.
The same applies when your plant stands outside in summer and experiences severe heat, and best to bring it inside where it can stand close to a window. Humidity is most important for the Glorious plant as it is a tropical plant.
Your plant will thrive in moisture levels that range between 60-80 percent. The best way to provide humidity is by grouping your plant with other plants, a humidifier, or using a pebble tray.
Feeding your Glorious Philodendron is essential to help with growth. You need not provide frequently, but a regular schedule helps. For example, you can feed your plant monthly from spring to fall using a balanced NPK fertilizer.
It helps to look at a ratio of 1:1:1 as it needs plenty of nitrogen. You can choose a slow-release or a liquid fertilizer as both works well. The crucial thing is to dilute the feed to prevent root burn.
The only time you need to concern yourself about repotting your plant is when it grows out of the container. For example, suppose you notice the roots circling around the container or keep wilting even with the proper watering schedule. In that case, it is time to transplant your Glorious. You can then choose a bigger potting medium with fresh soil.
Pruning always seems like the most tedious part of plant care, but it is essential. You can remove the dead or old leaves or some of those unruly vines. If the plant takes up too much space, a trim allows to keep it manageable. After grooming your Glorious, it helps to give them some water to help minimize stress.
How to Propagate Philodendron Glorious
Following these easy steps, you can use stem cuttings to propagate your beautiful plant.
Start by preparing the suitable potting soil using pine bark or some peat in the pot of choice with enough drainage holes.
Take your sterilized pruning shears using rubbing alcohol and cut a small piece of the mother plant’s healthy stems. It can be about six inches long with at least three leaves and roots. You can cut the stem where it is joined to the central crown.
Place the cutting in the new container and arrange the potting mix around it to stand upright. Now, water your plant and find a spot with some dappled sunlight.
You will notice new growth in a few weeks as your Philodendron glorious matures, growing a new root system.
Common Problems Caring For Philodendron Glorious
As with most houseplants, you can find common problems caring for your Glorious plant. These include:
1. Yellowing Leaves
You may find your plant getting yellow leaves from overwatering and drainage problems. This is because it results in the roots rotting as it suffocates. Yet, under watering also has the same effects when your plant does not get the nutrients it needs.
The important thing is to provide your Glorious with well-draining yet porous soil and ample drainage in the pot. We recommend checking the ground to see if your plant needs moisture or needs to dry a bit before watering again.
2. Root Rot
This is a frequent problem with most indoor plants resulting from overwatering. The leaves will look discolored, and they will have stunted growth and look wilted. The best is to check whether the roots are soft and brown as a healthy root is firm and white.
If your plant is severely affected, it is best to dispose of your plant. But if not too extensive, you can leave your plant to get dry and not water for a while and place it in a sunnier spot.
Common insects found on most Philodendron plants are aphids and spider mites. In addition, the leaves will look discolored with a mold formation and can attract ants. However, spider mites are difficult to spot compared to aphids.
You can hose your plant down over the sink using a shower faucet but keep it at a safe distance. Alternatively, you can treat the infestation with insecticidal soap or use a more natural approach with neem oil.
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The Philodendron glorious is a beautiful exotic hybrid with a charming beauty that is easy to care for. It also makes a favorite on many plant lovers’ lists. All it needs is bright indirect light with weekly watering and monthly feeding. However, it is also recommended to admire this gorgeous plant from afar as it is toxic and can cause allergic reactions in humans and pets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you consume the Philodendron Glorious plant?
All parts of the Philodendron Gloriosum x Melanochrysum are toxic to pets and humans and best kept away in a high place. The reason is that the plant contains calcium oxalate crystals that irritate the mouth and throat.
Is the Philodendron Glorious a vining plant?
The Glorious plant is a semi-climbing aroid belonging to the Araceae family. You need to provide this plant with a moss pole or trellis as it can climb to different heights. Under the right conditions, you’ll have a healthy grower that will be a great addition to any home.
Is the Philodendron Glorious the Philodendron Gloriosum?
Not many people get confused with the Glorious and Gloriosum. However, a fact is that the Gloriosum and Melanochysum are the Philodendron glorious parent plants. The Glorius has narrow yet longer leaves with the darker variation of the Melanochysum.
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