Of the self-heading or bushy-types philodendrons, the lacy tree is the most popular and the best suited for indoor culture. It is available in dwarf form or in hybrid varieties. It can tolerate a drier atmosphere and much lower lighting levels than most other philodendrons. With proper care, this philodendron can be maintained for years. However, as the plant matures, it will need space to spread. Most often seen in atriums or lobbies of public buidlings, the lacy tree philodendron can have a dramatic effect in a large room with high ceilings. The lacy tree produces large, deeply cut leaves. As the plant matures, the cuts become more pronounced and cause the leaves to ruffle. Bright light and adequate warmth and moisture will cause it grow full, short, and strong. To slow its growth, cut back on the amount of fertilizer and keep it somewhat potbound.
Family: Araceae (arum)
Origin: South America
Care: Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy during its growing season. Water less in winter. Apply a half-strength fertilizer during the growth period only. Mist often. Occasionally wipe leaves with a damp cloth or sponge.
Ideal Temperature: 55-75°F (13-24°C)
Challenges: Occasionally aphids, scale insects and mealybugs. Root rot from cold, wet soil.