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How to take care of a Philodendron Minima

The Philodendron Minima is a perfect mix between a Philodendron and a Monstera. It has the large and beautiful leaves of the Monstera, but the grows vines like a Philodendron. It looks a lot like a Monstera Deliciosa, so it makes sense that its nickname is "Mini Monstera". Its leaves might look a lot like Monstera leaves, but there is a slight difference: The holes are much larger, the leaves aren't symmetrical, and the plant is a lot smaller.

In this plant care guide, we're going to explore how to take care of your Philodendron Minima. If you've taken care of other Philodendrons before, taking care of this plant will be very straightforward. These are the topics we're going to look at in this plant care guide:

  1. Watering your Philodendron Minima
  2. Sunlight for your Philodendron Minima
  3. The perfect soil for your Philodendron Minima
  4. Fertilizing your Philodendron Minima
  5. Is your Philodendron Minima toxic for pets?

Let's get started and learn to take care of your Philodendron Minima to help it thrive and turn your living room into a jungle.

Watering your Philodendron Minima

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Watering your Philodendron Minima is one of the most important things to make your plant happy. Your Philodendron Minima has long vines which contain a lot of moisture to help your plant grow. This is important to remember, because it tells you something about how often you should water your Philodendron.

Your Philodendron stores quite a bit of moisture in it's vines, so it's important to let the soil dry out in between waterings. Its watering needs are very similar to what you're used to if you've taken care of a Philodendron or Monstera before. On average, you should water your plant once per week in the spring and summer. This keeps the soil moist for a few days, but also lets it dry out.

Watering your Philodendron Minima in the winter

In the winter, when your Philodendron Minima is dormant, you won't have to water your plant as often as you did in the spring and summer.

Since your Philodendron is dormant and recovering from the growing season, you won't have to water it as much. On average, you should water your Philodendron Minima half as much as you did in the spring and summer.

In the spring and summer you watered your Philodendron once every 7 days on average, so in the fall and winter this should be once every 14 days.

Sunlight for your Philodendron Minima

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Watering is the most important thing for your plant, but sunlight exposure is a close second. When you place your Philodendron Minima in a spot that has the perfect sunlight exposure for your plant, you'll see your plant become happier and healthier.

Your Philodendron Minima is happiest in a spot that has indirect sunlight exposure. Indirect sunlight means that your plant doesn't get any direct sunlight on its leaves through a window. Direct sunlight will leave burn marks on your plant or make its environment too warm for it to be happy.

The perfect place for your Philodendron Minima is a spot in the middle of a room with a south or west facing window.

You can read more about the type of sunlight each direction gives you in "Does the sunlight direction matter for your houseplant?".

Sunlight exposure for your Philodendron Minima in the winter

In the winter, the sun isn't as strong and lower in the sky during the day. This means that there is less sunlight coming in through the windows and your house is darker during the day.

This means that you should move your Philodendron Minima closer to windows to give it a bit of extra sunlight exposure. During the growing season this sunlight is often too harsh, but it's fine during the winter.

The perfect soil for your Philodendron Minima

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We've already learned a lot about watering and sunlight exposure, so lets move onto the next most important thing about taking care of your Philodendron Minima: Soil.

You've already discovered that your Philodendron Minima likes to be watered occasionally, but also wants to dry out in between waterings, so we'll need soil that can hold onto moisture for a few days and then dry out.

A great soil mix for this would be a general potting soil with some coconut fibers and perlite. This mixture is great for retaining water for a few days, but draining excess moisture to the bottom of the pot. The Coconut fibers help to keep the soil nice and light, so plenty of oxygen can reach your Philodendron's roots.

Fertilizing your Philodendron Minima

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A plant needs energy to grow big and strong. Your Philodendron Minima gets this energy from the nutrients in the soil.

When you purchase a brand-new bag of soil from the garden center, it's most likely filled with fertilizer for the first 100 days. So when you repot your Philodendron Minima or just bought your Philodendron Minima, you won't have to feed your plant for the first 100 days. After this time you will have to fertilize your houseplant to keep it strong and healthy.

You Philodendron Minima is a houseplant that you'll need to fertilize occasionally to grow properly. Your Philodendron Minima grows quite quickly in the spring and summer, so you'll need to fertilize it during this period in the year. You can help your Philodendron Minima stay healthy by fertilizing it once per month in the spring and summer. The easiest way to fertilize your plant is to use a liquid fertilizer or fertilizer tablets that dissolve in the water.

You can read more about which fertilizer is best in "What is the best type of fertilizer for houseplants?".

Fertilizing your Philodendron Minima in the winter

In the winter, when your Philodendron Minima is asleep and it's not growing (as quickly), you shouldn't fertilize it at all. Your Philodendron Minima won't use the fertilizer and it'll stay behind in the pot. Over time, this will make the soil very acidic. Your plant can't survive in this type of soil, so it's best to wait until the spring to fertilize your plant again.

Is your Philodendron Minima toxic for pets?

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Some plants are toxic for your pets and people and should be kept away from pets and small children. You might ask yourself if your Philodendron Minima is one of these toxic plants that's toxic to your pets and children.

Your Philodendron Minima is somewhat toxic to your pets and children, so you should still keep your Philodendron Minima away from them. Luckily, it's only bad for your children and pets if they chew on the stems and it's not harmful if they only touch the plant. If you've notice that your children or pets have eaten this plant, make sure to call the doctor or veterinarian.

Conclusion

In this plant care guide, we've looked at how you can take care of your Philodendron Minima. We've looked at how to water your Philodendron Minima, the best sunlight exposure for your Philodendron Minima, the best soil for your Philodendron Minima, how to best fertilize your Philodendron Minima, and whether your Philodendron Minima is safe for your pets and kids. The Philondendron Minima is an incredible addition to any room and makes your house feel like a true indoor jungle. If you're trimming the plant occasionally, the cuttings are also a wonderful gift to friends and family. Share the plants and spread the joy!

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide or donate a plant in order to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

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Posted on: Feb 5, 2022 Last updated on: Apr 8, 2022

Other common names for this plant

  • Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
  • Mini Monstera
  • Philodendron Ginny
  • Philodendron Piccolo

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