Philodendron Camposportoanum is a unique and easy-to-care-for plant that will bring life to any home or indoor garden. This specific genus has a distinct appearance and feel with leaves that change color as they mature.
In this post, we’ll go through Philodendron Campos care in greater depth so that you can easily grow it in your home. We also will provide various options for you to buy a Philodendron Camposportoanum. Continue reading to find out more about this plant’s exciting attributes.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Is Philodendron Camposportoanum?
- 2 Philodendron Camposportoanum Plant Size
- 3 Philodendron Camposportoanum Care Needs
- 4 Similar Plants
- 5 Conclusion
What Is Philodendron Camposportoanum?
The Philodendron Camposportoanum is commonly called Philodendron Campos and is a perennial that is well-known for its tri-lobe leaves. This small-growing Philodendron is a rare plant from the Araceae family that has unique and beautiful leaves known as “hammer leaves” that keep changing, both in shape and color, as it matures.
Philodendron Camposportoanum is a tropical plant that produces dark velvety tiny leaves while it is young. The leaves change quite dramatically as it grows — it becomes heart-shaped with long black lobes. The plant begins to resemble a tri-lobed leaf philodendron as it matures. This rare plant can have 2-3 varying leaves at any given time.
As for its foliage, the leaves take on a pink hue as the plant matures, assuming it’s given proper lighting. And leaf size may vary a bit. The plant has these extremely eye-catching dark green velvety leaves when it’s young.
While the majority of this article focuses on indoor growth, this Philodendron can also be grown outdoors in hardiness zones 10-12.
Origin And Family
Philodendron Campos is a member of the Philodendron genus, which is part of the Araceae family. It originated in the Central and South American rainforests. Philodendron Camposportoanum is typically considered rare, but it’s becoming popular as an indoor houseplant.
Philodendron Camposportoanum Plant Size
The Philodendron Camposportoanum grows to about 25 inches tall as a houseplant and grows to about 20 inches wide. This is much smaller than most Philodendron varieties.
In terms of home placement, you can put this Philodendron in a space with bright indirect light, such as a north or east-facing window. It’s typically considered a faster-growing plant.
Philodendron Camposportoanum Care Needs
Like most tropical plants, Philodendron Campos loves humidity and needs relatively moist soil throughout the year. Water your plant when the top layer is dry to touch during the summertime. Please give it a full watering so that drips drain from the water holes.
Here are some more specific details:
The Philodendron Camposportoanum is typically considered easy-to-moderate to care for with its light, water, and humidity needs. If you want to grow this unique plant successfully, you need to make sure you have well-draining soil and the correct amount of light.
Philodendron species grow fast, including the Camposportoanum. The Philodendron Camposportoanum plant measures 25 inches in height and 20 inches in width. The warm months mark the start of their growing season.
Philodendron plants generally prefer a plant pot with good drainage, and a pot that is only slightly larger than the plant. For the potting material, anything made of plastic, terracotta, or clay pot works fine.
That said, some growers prefer ceramic pots for Philodendrons. I’m personally not a big fan of these, as they usually don’t have drainage holes.
And since the Campos is so vulnerable to root rot, I would usually recommend getting something with holes.
As your Philodendron Camposportoanum develops, you should consider moving it to a slightly larger pot on an as-needed basis. As a result of Philodendron Campos’s fast growth, this happens every year on average.
When you see the plant’s roots push through the drainage holes, it is a good idea to move it to a container that is just slightly larger than the previous one as it does not do well on larger containers. The excessive space might strain the plant, causing it to develop diseases.
When repotting, be sure to use a new potting mix for your Philodendron Campos, as this will leave your plant feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Philodendron Campos is a rare species that requires a porous potting soil mixture. I recommend using peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, shredded bark, and lime if making your own. Bear in mind that you want a medium that supports Camposportoanum’s relatively moist growing requirements.
A well-drained, high-quality soil is an excellent choice for this easy-to-moderately care for plant.
For this Philodendron Campos, you’ll need evenly moist soils with a pH of around 5.0-7.0. This is considered acidic to neutral.
For most indoor growers troubleshooting sickly plants, I don’t recommend changing the pH until you’ve first adjusted the light, soil, and water needs.
Proper watering is an essential factor for Philodendron Camposportoanum. Philodendron Campos should generally have a growing medium that’s relatively moist, but too much water can cause root rot (a common killer of Philodendrons).
There’s a simple trick to knowing if your Philodendron Campos needs to be watered. If you touch the top layer of the soil and it feels dry, you know it’s time to give your plant a drink.
As we’ve said previously, drainage holes and proper soil are must-haves for Philodendron Camposportoanum. You don’t want it sitting in unneeded water for long periods of time.
This unusual houseplant prefers bright indirect sunlight for 6-8 hours daily – but it can live in direct sun for a few hours each morning. Too much bright sunlight and its leaves will scorch. If you don’t have enough light, its stems will get leggy.
If you’re worried your Philodendron Camposportoanum isn’t getting enough light, you may need to move it closer to a window or purchase a grow light to help supplement its needs.
In terms of fertilizer, slow-release fertilizer is excellent for the Philodendron Camposportoanum. Consider using The Andersons PGF Balanced 10-10-10 Fertilizer with Micronutrients. In the early spring to summer, you should be feeding the plant once a month.
You don’t need to fertilize at all during winter. You want to mimic the right conditions and nutrients Philodendron Campos would naturally get from Central and South America, many of which can also be accessed via the soil.
Read our section on the great potting soil recipe for this plant.
Avoid supplying fertilizers to your Philodendron Campos, as it may severely damage or even kill them.
|Care Type||Care Specifics|
|Botanical Name||Philodendron Camposportoanum|
|Common Name||Philodendron Campos|
|Origin||Central and South America|
|Leaf Shape||heart-shape with long dramatic back lobes|
|Leaf Color||changes as it matures|
|Recommended Home Placement||either a north or east-facing window|
|Light||bright indirect light|
|Soil||porous potting soil mixes|
|When To Water||Water when the top layer is dry to touch.|
|When To Fertilize||once a month during growing season|
|Humidity Range||70% or higher|
|Toxic To Pets?||Yes - symptoms include swelling, and a burning sensation on lips, tongue|
|Common Pests & Diseases||spider mites, brown tips, root rot, mealy bugs, drooping leaves|
Propagating Philodendron Camposportoanum
It is possible to propagate a Philodendron Campos with a few easy steps. Here are a few different methods for propagating this charming plant indoors.
Stem Cuttings In Soil
Stem tip cuttings in soil are one of the simplest ways to propagate your Philodendron Camposportoanum.
The best time to take stem cuttings is in the early to late summer or during the warmer months. Choose cuts with new growth for your cuts. Remove all leaves from the stem except the top few and place them in a moist soil mix.
Keep the soil moist around the cutting to maintain a high humidity level. Additionally, you’ll want to keep the new plant warm, around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, to promote healthy root development.
Pinch the stem tips of a junction where leaf buds are visible or where lower leaves have begun to grow. You can eliminate any unwanted growth just above the leaves by nipping it back.
Air Layering Technique
Air layering is the next option for Philodendron Camposportoanum propagation. Air layering is a common technique growers use to propagate houseplants, trees, and shrubs.
Air layering entails covering a stem in damp moss to encourage the growth of new roots, and it’s usually thought to be a safer option than soil or water cuttings. However, there are a few more steps ahead of you.
The steps of air layering propagation are listed below.
Identify your cutting – Look for a healthy part of the mother plant and choose a stem section with the plant node. If possible, use at least two plant nodes.
Prepare Sphagnum Moss and Baggy – Fill a plastic bag or fill it halfway with sphagnum moss and add distilled water until the moss is slightly damp.
You’ll then make vertical cuts along the bag’s edges to allow it to completely surround your nodes of choice. This is the most difficult part of the air layering technique, and the goal is to keep only the sphagnum moss in contact with the nodes.
Securing Your Bag And Moss– Use twist ties to secure your baggy and moss. Assure that the plant is secure, but not to the point where the nodes or the vine are squeezed, disrupting the new roots. The critical point is that your moss is tightly packed against the nodes.
Watering The Cutting – Ideally, the top of the bag should have a small opening for adding water to prevent the moss and cutting from drying out. The trick here is to avoid getting your cutting too wet or too dry. If the moss begins to dry out, add a few drops of water. If you notice an excessive amount of moisture, you can poke small holes in the bag to allow for more airflow.
Removing The Cutting – Within three to five weeks, you should notice roots growing up against the plastic bag’s edges. At this point, you can begin removing the cutting safely and plant it into soil.
When considering humidity, keep in mind that you’re emulating the forests of Central and South America. Philodendron Campos is a unique and beautiful perennial that prefers high humidity– for best results, we recommend staying around 70% or higher humidity. That said, most Philodendrons will be fine in a home that’s around 55% humidity.
If you’re concerned about your humidity, a large home humidifier might be an option to consider, such as the one below.
While it prefers warm temperatures, your Philodendron Campos plant can thrive in a range of 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they like a constant temperature, so keep them away from vents and openings that may allow chilly air to enter to avoid cold damage.
Keep an eye out if you have tiny children or pets. The Camposportoanum is toxic to cats, dogs, and people. If ingested, you can expect the following symptoms: swelling and a burning sensation on lips, tongue. While this plant is generally considered non-lethal, please consult a veterinarian/doctor if any of your pets/children ingest the leaves or stem.
Pests, Diseases, And Other Problems
The Philodendron Camposportoanum is not incredibly resistant to bugs, issues, and diseases.
Below are some of the main pests and diseases to look out for.
Spider mites are a common but unfortunate problem, particularly with Philodendron Campos. At first, spider mite damage appears as small brown or yellow spots on the leaves of the Philodendron.
Additionally, you may notice that your plant has ceased to grow. Furthermore, because spider mites are related to spiders, they create webs.
Begin spraying your Philodendron Camposportoanum with a sink nozzle to eliminate spider mites. If that fails, insecticidal oil may be used, such as horticultural oil.
If you prefer a more natural solution, ladybugs can assist in keeping your spider mite population under control. Additionally, there is a bug known as the “spider mite destroyer,” which could be an option.
Brown Leaf Tips
If the tops of your Philodendron Campos begin to brown, this may be a sign that it is receiving too much sunlight – or that your home is not sufficiently humid.
For Philodendron Campos, root rot is a main killer, especially for new gardeners. The main causes are overwatering and poorly draining soil.
It’s always better to prevent root rot than treat it, so check out our watering requirements carefully.
If your plant is dying of root rot, remove it from the pot, and using sterile scissors, remove any rotten roots at the bottom of the plant. At this point, give the Compos new soil and repot it.
There are more than 450 Philodendron varieties across the world – each with its own unique and beautiful attributes. Here are some of our favorites you should check out.
Philodendron Prince of Orange – The name of this flashy plant comes from its exquisitely colored leaves, which unfold in a rich orange-bronze color before becoming salmon as they get larger.
Philodendron Burle Marx – If you want to create a tropical and exotic ambiance in your home, this low-growing shrub with glossy green foliage is a must-have. This low-maintenance plant will liven up any room effortlessly.
Philodendron Hederaceum: This houseplant, with its lovely heart-shaped leaves, is a must-have if you’re aiming for that tropical vibe. This plant looks terrific as a hanging plant to exhibit anywhere you wish because of its long, creeping tendrils.
Philodendron Birkin – This is a beautiful houseplant with dramatic white stripes on dark green foliage. These patterns make the plant seem delicate, but it is extremely easy to care for, even for new plant lovers.
Philodendron Camposportoanum is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a small plant with unique leaf color. We highly recommend this plant for Philodendron lovers.
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