Philodendron Xanadu


The Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ is an excellent houseplant for bringing a touch of the tropics, thanks to its spreading growth and deeply split leaves.  This large plant is loved for its dramatic leaves that form at the ends of the stems.  Each shiny, green, leathery leaf has 15-20 distinct lobes.  Unlike other philodendron, this is not a climber.  Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ instead grows in a mounded shape on a thick, woody stem, often becoming wider than it is tall.  It’s an easy-to-grow, compact, low maintenance choice for homes and offices.

LIGHT: Medium to strong indirect light is ideal for the philodendron ‘Xanadu’. The leaves will get scorched if you put them in direct sunlight. The plant’s compact growth habit can be maintained with the right amount of light.  Too little light and it will struggle and become leggy.

WATER: Water thoroughly and allow excess water to drain through the drainage holes.  Let the soil dry out a little before you water again.  If you water this plant too much, the leaves may turn yellow.

SOIL:  Philodendron Xanadu prefers well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. You can use a mixture of all-purpose potting soil and peat or perlite, but sphagnum moss or peat mixed with vermiculite or perlite can also do the trick.

FERTILISER: Apply a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser diluted to half the recommended quantity two to three times during the growing season.

REPOTTING: When the roots of the plant begin to fill the pot, it is time to repot it.  If your plant is frequently showing signs of thirst and if the soil dries up quickly, despite frequent watering, it’s likely to be getting root-bound. The best time to repot is in the late winter or early spring before new leaves grow. A Philodendron Xanadu should be tightly potted so that there isn’t much empty soil that could stay too moist.  They only need a pot that is about 6cm bigger all around than their root ball.