The Philodendron Camposportoanum is a rare Aroid that is sought after by collectors.
One of the reasons for this is its uniqueness. Unlike most philodendron varieties, this is a smaller plant. Its leaves also make significant transformations from the time they emerge and when they mature.
New foliage start out very small with orange-red color. These are dark and have a velvet texture.
But as they grow, the leaves transition into a heart shape with back lobes. The leaves later get bigger and feature a long nose and two lobes on the back.
Thus, when you see the plant, you’ll likely see a variety of leaf shapes.
How do you care for the Philodendron Camposportoanum? This is an easy plant to care for as long as you give it bright, indirect sun, warm, humid conditions and allow the soil to only slightly dry between waterings.
It also needs well-draining soil and little fertilizer.
Philodendron Camposportoanum Plant Care
The Philodendron Camposportoanum does best in bright, indirect light. It needs this light to grow and produce more leaves. Thus, make sure you don’t place it in a very dim or dark place with little light.
However, be careful with too much list as well.
As much as the plant enjoys a well-lit location, it cannot tolerate direct sunlight for longer periods of time.
If you position it in this environment, its leaves will eventually turn yellow. And if the exposure is intense, you’ll likely see the leaves get scorched. This will leaves them with brown burn marks.
As such, the balance between lack of light and too much light is important.
Additionally, it is also important to be aware of how much light different parts of your home gets during the year.
In summer, the sun will be stronger and stay up for more hours a day. In contrast, winter has much less sunlight and fewer hours of bright light as well.
Thus, you may need to move the plant away from very intense sun during the summer and move it the brightest spot in your home come winter.
The Philodendron Camposportoanum will thrive in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fortunately, this is what most homes maintain as humans feel most comfortable in this temperature range. Therefore, in most cases, you don’t really have to do anything special or modify your home’s thermostat to accommodate the plant.
That said, keep it away from appliances or areas where the temperature can fluctuate significantly. This includes anywhere near an air conditioner, heater, radiator, fireplace, stove or even an open window where cold drafts can come in.
On the other hand, the plant is not cold tolerant. And it will begin to have issues once the temperature drops under 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Initially, its growth will just slow down.
But the longer is stays there or the colder its surroundings get, the more likely its growth will eventually stop. It will also experience other side effects and can eventually lead to death.
This is why you don’t want to leave it outside through the winter. It will not survive.
Instead, it is best suited for USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11. If you live in these regions, you can keep the plant outdoors all year long without any fear or cold damage.
The Philodendron Camposportoanum prefers humidity of 60% to 70%. Although it will do well in humidity of 40% and higher without any harm.
The thing is, most homes have lower humidity. As such, you may need to increase the moisture in the air yourself.
But before you do, it is a good idea to check the actual relative humidity in your home, more specifically in the room where you plan on keeping the plant.
You can use a hygrometer to quickly see this. If you leave it near your plants, you’ll be able to monitor humidity each time to check on your plants. This lets you stay on top of its needs.
If the hygrometer says anything over 40%, then you’re good. You don don’t need to do anything since room humidity is sufficient for the plant’s needs.
However, anything below 40%, means you will need to give the Philodendron Camposportoanum a hand.
Here, you can get a humidifier or mist the plant a few times a week. You can also use a pebble tray to keep air moisture around the plant higher as well.
How Often to Water Philodendron Camposportoanum
The Philodendron Camposportoanum needs more water than other philodendron varieties. As such, this makes it a bit harder to maintain with this regard.
The challenge is to give the plant enough water so it grows well and healthy. But avoid giving it too much or too often.
For most philodendron, you can wait until the top 2-3 inches of soil dries out before adding more water. But in the case of the Philodendron Camposportoanum, the goal is to feel the soil for moisture.
Once the surface is dry, you can water.
Additionally, you can play it a little safe and wait until the top inch gets dry before you water. But that’s just about it.
Because your margin for error here is small, you don’t want to water ahead of either of these. Doing so will put the plant at risk of overwatering.
Overwatering happens when you add more water to soil that is still moist or wet. Thus, it causes more moisture to accumulate.
When this happens, the roots end up drowning in water. And it this happens too often or for long enough periods, they will suffocate, resulting into root rot.
This is why overwatering is the number one cause of houseplant death. Therefore, avoid too much water by all means.
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Philodendron Camposportoanum Potting Soil
The Philodendron Camposportoanum needs loose, well-draining soil that is porous. This will allow the soil to stay moist but quickly drain any excess liquid and have good aeration.
This is important given that the plant enjoys consistently moist soil but is prone to overwatering. By draining the excess moisture fast, it allows the roots to breathe.
In addition to well-draining soil, make sure that you put the plant in a pot with drainage holes at the bottom.
These holes will allow the excess water that drains from the soil to get out of the pot. Otherwise, it will just build up at the bottom of the container. Thus, causing overwatering despite all the preventive measures you’ve done above.
If you prefer buying your soil from a nursery or online, you can ask for an aroid mix. This kind of soil fulfills all the requirements needed by the Philodendron Camposportoanum.
This makes it easy as all you need to do is open the bag and start using the soil.
On the other hand, you can likewise make your own potting mix at home. This will come out cheaper. And you’ll be able to customize or modify it at any time depending on how your plant responds to it.
To make your own Philodendron Camposportoanum potting mix, combine:
- 1 part potting soil
- 1 part perlite
- 1 part orchid bark
- ½ part horticultural charcoal
This simple combination will provides all the features the Philodendron Camposportoanum needs in soil.
The potting soil retains moisture while the other ingredients increase drainage. The bark and the charcoal also make the substrate chunky which allows for lots of air to reach the roots.
Fertilizer is an essential part of the Philodendron Camposportoanum’s care and maintenance. It needs the nutrients to stay healthy and grow quickly.
However, be careful not to overfeed the plant.
That’s because commercial fertilizers use salt to transport the nutrients to make it easy for the roots to absorb them.
But after the roots have take the nutrients and the water has evaporated, these salts are left in the soil. if you apply more fertilizer, they build up faster.
The bad part is that salt is bad for plants. And too much of them will cause fertilizer burn that will damage the roots.
As such, avoid using too high a concentration and applying too much or too often.
The simplest way to avoid this is to use a slow-release fertilizer. Unlike regular liquid formulations, this kind of plant food will release the nutrients slowly over the course of a few weeks and months.
Therefore, there’s less risk of over fertilizing.
Also, you don’t have t keep feeding the plant.
That said, many houseplant owners will use standard water soluble fertilizer. Here you only want to apply once a month during its growing season And dilute the application by half each time.
The Philodendron Camposportoanum is a medium sized plant that won’t grow as big as many philodendron varieties.
As such, it is less of a concern when it comes to space.
Ideally, you want to give it a moss pole or something similar for support. This will allow up toe climb up and look neater.
That said, you can likewise keep it in a pot and lest he stems and leaves grow outwards. This will give you a shorter plant whose leaves spread out more sideways.
Another thing that differentiates the Philodendron Camposportoanum from some of the species in its genus is it had many medium sized leaves that grow out of numerous stems.
So in contrast to philodendrons with a few larger leaves, you will need to do a bit more pruning with this plant to keep the vines neat.
Similarly, trimming will be needed to maintain its shape, tidiness and looks.
Thus, as the plant gets bushier, it will require regular pruning.
How to Propagate Philodendron Camposportoanum
Stem cuttings and air layering are the two simplest ways to propagate your Philodendron Camposportoanum. Although you can divide the plant as well if you wish.
For most home growers, stem cuttings are easier to do.
Therefore, I will explain this method step by step below.
Here’s how to propagate Philodendron Camposportoanum from stem cuttings.
- Begin by selecting a healthy stem. You are looking for a stem with at least one node and 2-3 leaves on it.
- Take a pair of scissors or pruning shears and sterilize the blade by applying rubbing alcohol.
- Now, cut the stem just below the node. Try to get a cutting at it at least 4-6 inches long.
- Once you have the cutting place it aside while you prepare the pot.
- Fill a small pot with fresh, well-draining potting mix.
- Then, dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone.
- Plant the cutting into the potting mix. Use your finger the make a small hole where you can insert the cutting. Make sure the nodes are all buried beneath the soil.
- Water the soil. Keep it moist but avoid adding to much water.
- Leave the cutting in bright, indirect light in a spot with good humidity.
It will take about 3-4 weeks for the cuttings to grow roots.
How to Repot or Transplant Philodendron Camposportoanum
To allow the plant to keep growing, it is a good idea to repot it every 2-3 years.
Knowing exactly when to repot is ease as all you need to do is peek under the pot.
When you see roots coming out from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot, it means the plant needs repotting. You can leave it in its container as long as there are no roots showing up from under the container.
To repot, choose a new pot that is one size bigger than its current one. This is about 2 inches bigger in diameter. Also have some fresh, well-draining potting mix on hand.
Then unpot the plant and remove excess dirt from the roots.
Fill the new pot with the fresh soil until about a third of the way full.
Next, place the plant into the new pot and fill the remaining space with soil to keep the plant stady.
Finally water the soil to get it moist.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
Yes, the Philodendron Camposportoanum contains calcium oxalate crystals which get activated once ingested. This is when they become toxic.
Unfortunately, this substance is toxic to both people and pets. So, you want to avoid your young kids, dogs and cats from consuming any part of the plant.
Philodendron Camposportoanum Problems & Troubleshooting
The most common pests that bother your Philodendron Camposportoanum are spider mites and mealybugs. These can wreak havoc because they feed on your plant’s sap.
Additionally, they grow in number very rapidly.
Therefore, they can cause serious damage within a span of a few days or a week.
As it is important to always look out for them.
You can prevent pests from coming around the plant by keeping it healthy and regularly cleaning its leaves.
A healthy Philodendron Camposportoanum has good resistance to pests. Also, pests are attracted to dust.
That said, probably the most common cause of pests in houseplants is when you bring it home from the nursery.
As such, always check the plant before taking it into your home or putting it near your other houseplants.
Diseases are another bothersome issue. Although, unlike pests, you can prevent them from happening completely.
The best way to do so is to avoid too much moisture.
Excess moisture causes overwatering or waterlogging which are the main reasons for root rot. Also, damp environments encourage bacterial and fungal infections to grow and spread.
Thus, by keeping the plant dry and avoiding too much water you can avoid diseases.