Xanadu philodendron is an evergreen, tropical plant with lush green, exotic looking foliage. An easy to care for plant, it grows well in both containers and in the ground. The Brazilian native is popularly used in landscaping due to the large size it gains on maturity. The leaf margins make it a very interesting plant. The Philodendron even blooms into red spathes in the native areas, but indoors, you might have to make do with just the pretty foliage.
Common name: Xanadu, Winterbourn
Scientific name: Philodendron Xanadu
Size: About 1.5 metres tall, 2 metres wide
Toxicity: Toxic to cats and dogs
Twice/Thrice a week. Xanadu likes the soil moist, but not soggy. Watering when the soil has dried is the correct way, you may use your finger or a moisture meter to check that the soil is dry. If it is, water till you see it coming out of the drainage holes.
Bright Morning light, indirect afternoon light. The plant needs more light than other philodendrons. If not given ample light, it becomes leggy, but if too much direct light is given, the leaves start yellowing. A balance has to be maintained.
Well-draining soil, rich in compost and organic matter( just like the ground of a rainforest) is best for Xanadu, but it can do fairly well in a wide range of soils.
The tropical plant loves humidity. It can survive in average conditions, but misting it or using a pebble tray can make it a happy plant. Keep it away from dry air vents.
It does not need heavy fertilizing, fertilizing once in summer is fine. For the rest of the year, you may keep adding organic matter every now and then.
A Xanadu is easy to propagate. As the plant grows, it’ll soon outgrow its pot. That's when you can take it out and gently divide the root ball, and plant them in separate pots. It also produces offsets when mature, so if you’re skeptical about dividing the root ball, wait for tiny offsets that can be planted as new plants.