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The Philodendron Mamei (also called a Blotched Philodendron) is a surprisingly easy to care for Philodendron, especially since this is one of the rarer ones to come across. In this care guide we go over all the info you need on how to care for a Philodendron Mamei.
The Philodendron Mamei is originally from Ecuador, where it grows on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains. It grows in the understory of the forests there in the shade.
Philodendron Mamei Scientific Name:
Philodendron mamei André
Other Names for the Philodendron Mamei
- Blotched Philodendron
Quick Overview Of How to Care For a Philodendron Mamei
- Water the plant once the soil is dry.
- Bright indirect light.
- Use a well-draining soil that has bark.
- 65°F to 80°F
- Optimal humidity is above 60%, never go below 40%.
- Fertilize once a month in spring and summer.
- Is toxic to pets.
Water the plant once the soil has dried out.
Do not overwater the plant or keep it in soggy soil. Like many other Philos, they are prone to root rot.
Bright indirect light is best. They can handle a few hours of the morning sun, but do not keep in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, especially during the afternoon when the sun is harsh.
Like other Philodendrons, the Mamei needs well-draining soil. A mix of potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark will work well.
The best temperature range for this plant is between 65°F and 80°F. Temperatures should be kept above 55°F to avoid any harmful effects to the plant.
Philodendron Mamei Humidity Needs
These plants love humidity, over 60% is ideal. But the plant can tolerate lower levels such as 50% if needed. Never let the humidity go below 40%. You might see some parts of the older leaves getting crispy as the plant acclimates to the lower humidity.
If you need to increase the humidity using a humidifier is best.
Do not mist the plant to increase the moisture around the leaves. This can lead to the water being on the leaves too long and you could get bacterial leaf spot from this.
Espoma Organic Indoor Plant Food or Fish Fertilizer are great options to use as a fertilizer. Fertilize once a month during the spring and summer.
The Mamei can grow up to three feet tall. But will spread out since it is a crawling plant. The leaves can get quite large as you can see in this Reddit post from a Mamei owner. But this very large growth will take years to achieve.
Is the Philodendron Mamei a Climbing or Crawler?
This plant is a crawler (also called a creeper), not a climber.
Many owners, when they get a juvenile Philodendron Mamei they think that it looks like a climber. This is due to the fact that when the Mamei gets new growth it does start out climbing but then once it matures it will start to crawl.
Can the Philodendron Mamei Grow Outside?
Yes, the Philodendron Mamei can grow outside in USDA zone 9 through 11.
Long and narrow pots work best for the Mamei. Since it is a crawler it needs room to spread across soil as it grows.
Philodendron Mamei Propagation
This plant can be propagated by taking cuttings from the mother plant. Just make sure to get a node where the leaf meets the stem and put this into a small pot with a breathable soil medium or leca.
All Philodendrons are toxic to pets, both cats and dogs. They can cause GI upset and swelling in the mouth.
The Philodendron Mamei is one of the more pest resistant Philodendrons. Some common bugs to still keep a look out for are Thrips or Mealybugs. Both can be dealt with by using Neem Oil or some insecticidal soap.
Where to Find Philodendron Mamei Plants for Sale and Price Range
While some local independent plant shops or nurseries might have these plants for sale, currently the most common place to find them is online.
Etsy is popular for finding these plants for sale and they usually range from about $50 to $100 depending on the seller. Make sure to check out reviews of sellers before you buy from them when purchasing plants online.
Other Philodendron Care Guides:
- Philodendron Imperial Red
- Heartleaf Philodendron
- Philodendron Dark Lord
- Philodendron Brasil
- Philodendron Burle Marx
- Philodendron Billietiae
- Philodendron Melanochrysum
- Philodendron Plowmanii
- Birkin Philodendron
- Philodendron Melinonii
- Silver Sword Philodendron
- USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; USDA; https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/
- Philodendron mamei André; Royal Botanic Garden Kew, Plants of the World Online; https://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:87872-1
- Heartleaf Philodendron | ASPCA; https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/heartleaf-philodendron