Velvet Philodendron Leaves Curling & Turning Brown

Please see photo attached. Not sure what plant this is? I’ve had this plant for 6 years, very healthy until last month.
Leaves are curling inwards, some are changing to red and falling off.
I’ve tried everything ( I think), changed soil, moved it to the sun, aired it outside, added Epsom salt for magnesium. I have a moisture thermostat and make sure not to over-water it.
I don’t know what else to do. Can you please help? Thank you!

Hi Dusty,


Your plant is called a Velvet Philodendron (P. scandens f. micans) This type of philodendron plant has velvet-textured heart-shaped leaves that are greenish bronze with reddish brown undersides. Usually, if a Velvet Philodendron starts to turn brown and curl under, the plant is getting too much light and/or not enough water.

Check your Velvet Philodendron for spider mitesLearn how to identify and treat the plant pest called Spider Mites.. This houseplant pest could also be causing the problem.

A Heartleaf Philodendron is a fast growing plant that should be fed monthly in the spring and summer when it is actively producing new leaves. Fertilize a Velvet Philodendron every other month in the fall and winter with a basic houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength.
You can read more about Philodendron scandens in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The article deals with the Heart leaf Philodendron, but the care is the same. You can read about spider mitesLearn how to identify and treat the plant pest called Spider Mites. and how to get rid of this houseplant pest in the Glossary of the website.