Philodendron Majestic Care – Light, Water, Propagation & Repotting

The Philodendron Majestic is a rare hybrid that was created by crossing the Philodendron sodiroi and Philodendron verrucosum.

What’s great is that the Philodendron Majestic inherited the best features of both parents. As such, what you have is a beautiful large leaf philodendron plant with stunning texture.

Its green silver leaves have distinct red undersides.

How do your care for the Philodendron Majestic? The Philodendron Majestic likes moist soil but you need to watch out for overwatering since it is susceptible to root rot.

It thrives in bright, indirect light, good humidity and consistently warm weather. Give the plant fertilizer during its growing season for optimal growth.

Philodendron Majestic Plant Care

Light Requirements

The Philodendron Majestic does best in bright, indirect light. This is very important if you want them plant to produce its beautiful, textured heart-shaped leaves.

As such, the plant thrives near an east or west facing window since these locations give it ample amount of light for photosynthesis.

That said, the Philodendron Majestic will tolerate medium and low light as well.

Note that you do want to be careful with too little light as this not only affects the growth of the plant but also how many leaves it can produce and how big the leaves will get.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it will grow in the direction of the light.

So, it is a good idea to rotate the pot on a regular basis to let the plant grow evenly. To make this simple, I like to just rotate the pot by 90 degrees every time I water.

Doing so allows things to even out over time so all the different sides of the plant get more or less the name amount of light.

Finally, be wary of too much light.

While the Philodendron Majestic enjoys plenty of light, it cannot tolerate very harsh, strong or intense light.

This means you want to keep it away from the sun’s rays during the peak of summer as well as the hottest times of the day.

If you let the plant soak in too much direct sunlight its leaves will eventually turn yellow. In some cases they will get scorched as well.

 

Temperature

The Philodendron Majestic enjoys warm to hot weather. It prefers temperatures between 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Although it will tolerate a little above and below that range as well.

Because the plant is native to the tropics, it prefers consistently warm weather all year round. This makes your home a great place for it to grow.

It is also why most houseplants are tropical plants.

Our homes’ indoor temperatures usually stay moderate to warm because that’s what our bodies are used to.

And it so happens that’s the same temperature range tropical plants like.

The other common houseplant are succulents and cacti which also prefer warm environments.

That said, the important thing to keep in mind here is that the Philodendron Majestic is not cold tolerant. This has a lot to do with the fact that are no winters in the tropics.

As such, the plant dislikes temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

So try to avoid leaving it in that condition for long periods of time.

Needless to say that if you leave the Philodendron Majestic outdoors to soak in fresh air during summer, make sure to bring it back indoors once the temperature starts getting colder come fall.

 

Humidity

Humidity is another important aspect if you want your Philodendron Majestic to produce large, beautiful leaves.

Ideally, keep humidity between 60% to 70%.

Note that the plant can tolerate humidity of 40% and slightly below this. This makes it somewhat easier to maintain indoors.

However, if you have fluctuating humidity or it tends to stay on the low side, make sure to monitor the plant, specifically its leaves.

If the leaves start turning brown at the tips or at their edges, it means moisture in the air is not enough. As such, you need to push up humidity to help the plant.

But as long as the leaves don’t present these symptoms, it means it does not have a problem with whatever the humidity is in your home or room.

Note that certain appliances like air conditioners, heaters, radiators will dry the air. Also, winter is well-known for low humidity.

So watch out for these situations.

If your plant needs a humidity boost, you can mist it regularly, use a humidifier or set up a pebble tray.

 

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How Often to Water Philodendron Majestic

The Philodendron Majestic likes moist soil. This helps it grow bigger and produce lush, vibrant leaves.

However, you want to be careful about overwatering. Avoid leaving the soil wet or with puddles of water as this will harm the plant.

As much as the plant enjoys moisture, it can only tolerate so much per time.

Therefore, if you water it too often, the roots will eventually end up sitting in too much water.

When this happens, the excess water will push all the air out of the tiny pockets in the soil. This will prevent the roots from getting enough oxygen.

As a result, they will eventually suffocate from too much water, then die.

This results in root rot.

For this reason it is important to let part of the soil dry between waterings. This way, you don’t keep adding water when the soil is still wet or moist.

Ideally, wait until the top few inches of soil has dried before you add more water.

You can use your fingers to gauge when the top 2 or 3 inches of soil feels dry. Or if you don’t like getting your hands dirty, you can opt to use a moisture meter.

This is a useful tool you can use to quickly gauge if the soil is dry moist or wet.

On the other hand, avoid letting the soil go completely try as well.

While the plant will have an easier time recover from underwatering, allowing this to happen regularly or leaving the plant dehydrated for a very long period of time will cause damage as well.

 

Philodendron Majestic Potting Soil

The Philodendron Majestic needs moist, well-draining soil that’s rich in organic matter.

This ensure that the soil mix you use is able t retain water. But at the same time it can drain excess liquid quickly.

This lets your philodendron plant stay well-watered without the risk of root rot.

Avoid using heavy, dense or compacted soil as these tend to increase the risk of overwatering as they retain too much moisture.

On the other hand, stay away from very sandy soils as well as it too drain too much water too quickly. In this case, the roots will not get enough to dry and later on dry out.

The good news is there are a few options you can use to grow this plant.

If you like buying your soil from nurseries or online, look for an Aroid mix. This contains all the features that the plant needs.

Should you prefer to make your own potting mix, you can use a combination of:

  • 1 part potting soil
  • 1 part orchid bark.

This allows you to adjust the level of moisture retention or drainage based on how the plant responds.

If you notice that the soil is not draining enough liquid, then add a few more handfuls of orchid bark. On the other hand, if the soil mix is drying up too quickly, add a little more potting soil to it.

Ensuring enough drainage prevents waterlogged soil which will result in overwatering as well.

 

Fertilizer

To ensure that the Philodendron Majestic produces large leaves, apply fertilizer.

The most important thing about fertilizer is that you don’t want to give the plant too much. This is especially true if you’re using synthetic or chemical fertilizer.

That’s because these contain salts which are toxic to plant if you too much build up in the soil.

When this happens, you’ll notice your Philodendron Majestic leaves turn yellow. Even worse, its leaves will experience fertilizer burn.

Damage to the roots will affect their ability to absorb water and nutrients.

As such, your plant will eventually get weaker due to lack of water and nutrient deficiency.

Thus, only apply what the produce instructions tell you.

You can use a balance houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength. Make sure you only fertilize the plant during the warmer months as this is when it is actively growing.

The Philodendron Majestic will not grow much when the cold weather sets in.

Therefore, you don’t need to feed it by early to mid fall. Also skip feeding during winter.

In addition to the N-P-K in your fertilizer, make sure it contains magnesium and calcium. Philodendrons need these two mineral to grow well.

Otherwise, you’ll see its leaves turn pale and not grow as big.

 

Pruning

The Philodendron Majestic will grow into a good sized plant if you let it.

In most cases, people have it in a pot and you’ll see it grow a few feet tall with a good number of large leaves.

But the biggest ones I’ve seen are either planted in the ground or allowed to climb.

In the garden, you’ll see its leaves become very impressive. Each leaf will be around the size of your head and torso.

That said, it won’t grow that big indoors especially in a pot.

Nevertheless, you’ll still see it reach about 8 to 10, maybe 12 inches long per leaf.

If you want a more impressive Philodendron Majestic indoors, let it climb. The leaves will grow bigger than your head as the plant happily grows upward. It will also have more leaves.

As such, pruning is not so much of an issue since the leaves make up most of the plant.

However, you can prune it to encourage more growth.

Or you can likewise prune to remove yellow, brown or damaged foliage.

 

How to Propagate Philodendron Majestic

The Philodendron Majestic is easy to propagate since it has quite a few nodes per stem. Additionally, it responds well to stem propagation.

This is a good thing given that it is a beautiful plant.

Therefore, you can grow new plants at home for free.

Here’s how to propagate the Philodendron Majestic from stem cuttings.

Take a healthy stem cutting. You can take short stem cuttings or get a bigger stem then cut it into smaller segments.

The most important thing is that each stem cutting needs to have at least one node. If you can spart 2 or 3 nodes per cutting even better.

Also, I like to have at least 2 or more leaves per cutting as this will help the new plant grow faster.

Once you’ve found suitable candidates, take a sterile pair of pruning shears and cut the stem just below a node.

Now, it is time to prepare a pot and fill it with well-draining potting mix.

Plant the cutting or cuttings into the soil. You want  to have at least one node per cutting to be buried under the soil.

Then water the soil and keep it moist.

Place the pot in plenty of light with no direct sun. If your home has good humidity, you’re fine. If not, you can cover the plant with a plastic bag to trap the moisture. This will increase humidity.

It takes about 4 or so weeks for the roots to develop and start getting themselves established into the soil.

 

How to Repot or Transplant Philodendron Majestic

The Philodendron Majestic will need repotting as it grows. However, if you started from a small, young plant, you’ll notice that you need to repot more often as it grows.

Once it matures, the Philodendron Majestic only needs repotting once very 2 or 3 years.

Thus, avoid repotting when not needed.

The plant does not like this. And you run the risk of transplant or repotting shock. When this happens, it can take 2 weeks or more for the plant to recover before it begins growing again.

So, wait until the plant is root bound before repotting.

This becomes noticeable as you’ll see roots coming out from the bottom of the pot’s drainage holes. This is your sign it is time to repot.

 

Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs

Sadly, the Philodendron Majestic is toxic to cats and dogs as well as humans. But it only becomes toxic when ingested.

Therefore, there is no risk until you chew, swallow or consume the plant. The same if true for your pets.

This is why it is important to keep the plant somewhere young kids and pets can’t get to it. Otherwise, they may get curious or playful and accidentally ingest the leaves.

 

Philodendron Majestic Problems & Troubleshooting

Pests

The Philodendron Majestic is not very prone to pests. But that’s not to say it will never experience them.

Like all houseplants, pests can suddenly attack the plant.

Although, this usually happens when its defenses are down. This includes when it is sick, unhealthy or stressed.

Therefore, try to keep the plant healthy.

Additionally, clean its large leaves. These tend to collect dust which bugs are attracted to. So, regular cleaning with a damp cloth will go a long way in pest prevention.

That said, spider mites, aphids and mealybugs are the most common insects that like to feed on the plant. That’s because they like its sap.

If you see any of these insects, you can use neem oil or insecticidal soap to get rid of them.

 

Diseases

Root rot will always be a problem for philodendrons, including the Philodendron Majestic. Although some philodendron varieties tend to be more prone to it.

Thus, you always need to be mindful of when you water and how you water.

The reason is that the plant likes humidity.

This gives you some moisture. Therefore, it gives you less leeway to make mistakes with water.

So, always wait until part of the soil has dried before adding more water. Never add more water when the soil is still moist.

Also, use well-draining soil to help drain excess moisture quickly.

And don’t forget to use pots with holes to let the drained liquid drip out.

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