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Swiss cheese Philodendron is one of the many plants that are grown for their ornamental foliage. They are climbing plants that like humid surroundings . These beauty's have long aerial roots and like to be a bit root bound If a piece of rough bark or a stick covered with is placed against it, the roots from the stem will cling to the support and absorb moisture from it.
philodendron I have found tend to like tree bark as phothos do.
I remember a Story My sister told of her son taking all the leaves of one, as he thought they were either bug infested or fungi was making all those holes in the leaves!
my sisters pothos leaves get the size of dinner plate when grown about an Oak tree . Also in Indiana i saw them in a botanical garden that size living on a palm tree.
As Houseplants plants:These make great houseplants. They thrive in temperatures between 60 and 72 degrees and they require less light than most plants. It is best to grow them in of soil, They can live in water and like a bit of charcoal added. The leaves should be cleaned with soapy water or an insecticide once in a while to remove dust and to control insects. I keep a spray bottle with just a couple drops of dish soap with me when I water my plants along with a soft clothe that has had no bleach on it. Plants that have a good supply of roots will benefit from applications of a dilute liquid fertilizer every week or two. They like humid suroundings, if your air in the house is dry a humidifier will help. The minimum night temperature should be 60 degrees and the minimum day temperature should be 5-10 degrees higher. Also try spraying the foliage several times a day in the summer. During the winter months, less humidity is required, but the air must not become too dry. From mid-February to mid-November they need to be shaded from direct sun. Where ever they're grown, they need well-drained pots that aren't too large for the plants. They do best when their roots are slightly bound, but not too tightly packed that they form a tight ball of roots. Their soil should be a mixture consisting of equal parts of turfy loam, sand and peat moss, with some chopped charcoal and broken crocks or brick added. Potting should be done in late winter or spring. Fill the pots one quarter of the way with crocks, which should then be covered with turf or coarse leaves to prevent the drainage from becoming clogged. Place enough soil in the pot so that when the plant is set in position, the tops of the roots are 1-2 inches below the rim of the pot. Place more soil around the ball and pack it moderately firm, leaving enough space at the top for watering. Newly potted plants need to be carefully watered. Allow the soil to become almost dry before watering.
Follow this procedure until the roots have grown into the new soil, after which the soil can be kept more evenly moist. At this time it is VERY beneficial to to get that water filled sprayer out!I have lived in places I had to get bottled water due o the iron and sulfur content. spray their leaves two or three times a day. Philodendrons need supports to cling to. Pieces of rough bark or stakes wrapped with a thick layer of sphagnum moss work well Not SPANISH as it tends to be mite ridden.
PROPAGATION: Pieces of stem that contain at least two joints can be inserted as cuttings in pots of sandy peat or in a mixture of sand and peat moss in a greenhouse propagating bench in the spring or summer. The pots should be placed in a propagating case with a bottom heat of 70-75 degrees or they can be kept under a bell jar or in a terrarium in a warm room. They need to be shaded from direct sun during their rooting period. When roots have formed, they can be potted in 3-inch pots and next, in 5-inch pots. When they have filled these pots up with roots they can be planted in larger pots or in beds of soil. Another way to root cuttings (especially the cuttings of the trailing kinds) is to place their lower parts in a container filled with water and a few pieces of charcoal and keep them in 65- to 72-degree temperatures. They should root within 4-8 weeks.
I have rooted Swiss cheese in a vase of water on a kitchen window. It tends to take a bit longer to get nice roots. Just make sure they only have indirect light
THESE ARE POISONOUS IF EATEN BY HUMAN OR PET