How to Grow Care for a Philodendron Micans-Velvet Philodendron

I’ve had this velvety philodendron 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 sounds like a Velvet Philodendron or Philodendron Micans.  This type of philodendron plant has velvet-textured heart-shaped leaves that are greenish bronze with reddish brown undersides. It produces long vining stems. Here is a picture of a Philodendron Micans.


Learn to identify, grow, and care for a philodendron micas

Here are some care tips:

Light: Bright, indirect light, no direct sun. Can survive in lower light but does not grow as rapidly.

Water: Allow the top 1/3 of the soil to dry out before watering. In the winter allow the soil to dry out even more.

Plant Food: Feed monthly in the spring and summer with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Fertilize every other month in the fall and winter. These are fast growing plants and need quite a bit of plant food, but should be fertilized only when they are actively producing new leaves.

Temperatures: Temperatures between 65°F-75ºF (18.3°-23.9ºC) during the day and above 55º F (12.8ºC) at night.

propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at Propagate using Stem CuttingsLearn how to propagate plants using stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, cane cuttings, and branch cuttings. during spring and early summer. (Read more about propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at techniques in the Glossary of the website.)

If the leaves start to turn brown or curl under, it is getting too much light or not enough water. If the leaves turn brown and fall off, the plant is not getting enough water. If the leaves turn yellow, you are over watering. Also, it would be a good idea to check the leaves for spider mites. You can read about spider mites in the Glossary of the website.