Of all the harmful pollutants found in our home and work environment, formaldehyde is the most prevalent. Produced by pressed wood products such as furniture and present in exhaust fumes, it is also emitted by heating and cooking fuels. As luck would have it, a plant that is particularly good at removing formaldehyde is both easy to look after and highly attractive: the Philodendron.
Native to Brasil, Philodendron Xanadu Gold is a dwarf, cut-leaf philodendron with yellow-green leaves sporting variedly scalloped edges, like a mask. Also found as P. Golden Xanadu, it is a fast-growing variety, and very easy to look after.
Philodendron means lover of trees and it is part of an enormous family of plants that were originally found in South American in the seventeenth century. The natural development of the plant is complex and explains its name, since the philodendron’s life cycle evolves around the tree canopy and eventually the roots of the rain forest trees.
Pot size: 19cm
Please note the cache pot in the photograph is not included.
Due to limited availability and winter temperatures, in store purchase only.
Height: 60cm upwards, vigorous, climbing habit
Position: In good light but avoid bright sunlight
Care: This lush plant requires moisture, although it is less thirsty in the winter. Water regularly but allow soil almost to dry out before watering. Use rain water if possible to avoid chlorine. Dunk the pot in a bucket of room temperature rain water and once the bubbles from the compost have stopped rising to the surface, remove the plant and drain. Protect from temperatures below 15 degrees. Apply a light fertilizer monthly in the summer. Prefers humidity so regularly mist leaves. Repot as necessary in spring in well draining, indoor potting compost. Add a mossy pole for the plant to climb as required.
Warning: Poisonous to humans and pets.