Philodendron: Prince of orange Care

Placement

PRO TIP: The Prince of Orange can grow large and broad over time. In the right lighting conditions in can double in size in a year.

The Prince of Orange appreciates a bright location in your home or office. Out of reach of the direct sunlight, and in a spot where it will receive ambient or filtered light throughout the day. Watch it’s leaves change from bright yellow when they first emerge, transition through copper, and result in darker shades of green.

We also have a guide for how to measure light in your space.

 

Philodendron Prince of Orange Leaves

The Prince of Orange shows many different colors and the leaves change color as they mature. Be sure to differentiate the difference between normal leaf change coloring, and color that indicates poor health. New growth emerges a yellow/orange then turns to green If older leaves turn yellow, they should be pruned from the plant.

Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: Rotate your plant every few weeks so that it grows proportionately. Prince of Orange love to lean towards the light, so rotating will help it stay full on all sides.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first. Philodendrons prefer soil that is consistently, if slightly moist. As epiphytes with aerial roots, they are sensitive to overwatering, so you don’t want soggy soil.  Typically, you shouldn’t have to water your prince of orange more than once a week. If the top 1-2 inches of the soil are dry, your plant could use a drink. This plant is hardy and easy to care for! Consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aering can help the soil breath and allow for moisture to be released.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole, have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil. We estimate ¼ - 1 standard measuring cup, in total, per watering.

For plants potted with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray. Empty the catch tray before returning the plant back to its location.

For regular upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. When dusting, take the opportunity to inspect the underside of leaves and keep an eye out for pests. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your Philodendron Prince of Orange and its watering needs and you will have a  long and happy relationship.

Standard Planter Instructions

There are two types of standard planters offered by Greenery NYC—those with drainage holes, and those without. Within those two categories are an array of sizes and styles to choose from. All these factors play a role in the quantity and frequency of water given to your plant.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.

For plants with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Refer to the routine maintenance section for moisture requirements. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil. 

Self Watering Container Instructions

The self-watering planters require a good, solid watering of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important, because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir in order to drink from it. Follow the standard planter instructions for the first four weeks until the reservoir is ready to be tested.

TEST: After four weeks, fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line. If the indicator goes down over the first few days, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to continue top watering for a few more weeks, until the plant starts drinking from the reservoir.

RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period.  Ficus Audrey need to dry out between waterings only slightly, so once the reservoir is empty wait a few days before you refill. Always allow for the reservoir to empty all the way, and after the drying out period, be sure to fill it until the indicator reaches the MAX line.

From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. In the Self Watering Container, the top layer of soil will eventually become extremely dry and hard, and may even pull away from the edges of the pot. This is not a cause for concern, but simply because the plant is drinking directly from its roots in the water reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Help! My Prince of Orange is turning yellow!

  • Most often yellowing occurs due to over or under watering. If you see a combination of yellow and brown on the same leaf, it is often due to overwatering. If fully yellow leaves, along with some brown crispy spots on additional leaves occur then it could be under watering. Check in with the soil to determine if it matches your diagnosis.

The new growth on my Philodendron won’t open up. What can I do?

  • When new growth is stunted or stuck, the plant is often not getting enough of something. Most often this occurs because the plant isn’t receiving enough light. If you have ruled out light as the cause, another factor is water. Too little water can cause new growth to shrivel.

How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with a slow release fertilizer in the soil so your plant will not need fertilizer within the first 6 months of receiving it.

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.

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