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31 Philodendron Painted Lady Care Hacks Indoor Growers Should Know

31 Philodendron Painted Lady Care Hacks Indoor Growers Should Know

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Philodendron Painted Lady is a climbing tropical plant that’s pretty easy to grow. This is a unique plant that may raise some eyebrows. And we recommend you consider using a moss pole to grow it.

We’ll go through Meconostigma care in further detail in this post so you may confidently raise this rare plant.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Philodendron Painted Lady, there are some good options too. This Philodendron has a lot to offer, so keep reading to learn more.

What Is Philodendron Painted Lady?

The Philodendron Painted Lady is also known as Meconostigma, and it is a perennial well-known for attractive foliage and unique bright pink petioles. This tropical climbing plant from the Araceae has heart-shaped and deep green leaves with blotches and spots that look like it’s delicately brush-painted, hence the name.

This article focuses on indoor growing, but if you’re planning to grow this Philodendron beauty outdoors, we recommend you only attempt it in hardiness zones 9-11.

Origin And Family

The Meconostigma is a member of the Araceae family and originates from the Philodendron genus. 

This variety of Philodendron is a hybrid of two-parent Philodendrons: P. Erubescens Burgundy plant and P. Erubescens Emerald Queen plant.

This Philodendron works very well as an indoor plant, assuming you can meet its water and humidity needs.

Usually considered expensive to buy, this fantastic find was hybridized by Robert H. McColley, a prolific plant breeder in the ’90s.

It offers excellent value and style for the plant lover in your house. When mature, it yields insignificant, small cream and white flowers from late spring to mid-summer.

Buying Philodendron Painted Lady

Philodendron Painted Lady plants are fairly expensive to purchase, ranging from $30 for cuttings to $400 for more mature plants.

This Philodendron Painted Lady is available for sale on Etsy, one of the most common sources of online Philodendron Painted Lady.

Philodendron Painted Lady Plant Size

This hybrid Philodendron can grow 2-5 feet tall and spread 12-16 inches wide. When placed in any low-light room, it’s a slow grower that you can expect to enjoy for years to come. 

Painted Lady Philodendron Care Needs

When properly cared for, your Painted Lady philodendron plant, like any other tropical plant, will thrive. The Calostigma, which adores humidity and has lovely leaves, wants relatively moist soil throughout the year.

For most growers, you’ll want to water your Philodendron when the top two inches of the soil are dry. 

That said, I’ve had much success lately raising Philodendrons in self-watering containers.

self-watering pots

If you’re watering in a traditional pot, make sure you allow the drips to drain from the bottom of the pot. 

Below we’ve curated some of the most important care needs for this Philodendron.

Care Difficulty

The Philodendron Painted Lady is typically considered moderately easy to care for, as it doesn’t have any strange or challenging needs. In terms of its water, light, and humidity requirements, you should be able to grow this plant with relative ease. 

Growth Rate

The Philodendron Painted Lady plant has a slower growth rate, and it typically has a growing season between spring and summer. It reaches between 2-5 feet in height, and its large bright yellow leaves can reach 12-16 inches wide.

Potting

You can use most traditional potting materials for this Philodendron, but it also looks good in hanging baskets. You may also consider growing it with a moss pole. 

One thing to remember is that Philodendrons don’t want to sit in water all day. So your pot needs to have appropriate drainage to protect the plant from root rot and other diseases. 

Repotting

It’s okay to repot the painted lady Philodendron anytime in the growing seasons when you see it outgrowing its current pot Typically, you want to repot two to three years or so.

Another reason to repot your Calostigma is if you think it has root rot, which can seriously damage or kill the plant. See our section below on root rot.

Soil

This Philodendron just needs a well-draining indoor potting soil. If you want to make a potting mix at home, we recommend using coco coir, orchid bark, perlite, pumice, and activated charcoal. 

The most significant consideration for the Painted Lady Philodendron is a well-draining option. Since it prefers somewhat moist conditions, having well-draining soil is a must.

Here are some potting mixes we recommend:

Photo Title Price Buy
Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting...image Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Mix 6 qt., Grows beautiful Houseplants, 2-Pack $12.99
Burpee, 9 Quarts...image Burpee, 9 Quarts | Premium Organic Potting Natural Soil Mix Food Ideal for Container Garden-Vegetable, Flower & Herb Use for Indoor Outdoor Plant $12.99
SUNGRO HORTICULTURE Black...image SUNGRO HORTICULTURE Black Gold 1310102 8-Quart All Purpose Potting Soil With Control, Brown/A $15.13
Miracle-Gro Potting Mix Miracle-Gro Potting Mix $16.99
FoxFarm Ocean Forest...image FoxFarm Ocean Forest Potting Soil Mix Indoor Outdoor for Garden and Plants | Plant Fertilizer | 12 Quart + THCity Stake $19.99

pH

For this Painted Lady, you’ll want your soil to be a neutral to acidic pH, approximately between 6.1-7.3. PH shouldn’t be a massive concern for most indoor growers, as most indoor potting mixes have a pretty neutral pH already. 

Water

When watering the Painted Lady Philodendron, strive for a somewhat wet moist potting mix.

Insert your finger into the dirt to test this. When at least two inches of soil on your Philodendron are dry, it’s time to water it.

One of the most prevalent causes of indoor plant mortality is overwatering. When in doubt, underwater.

Always use well-draining soil and a container with drainage holes to drain excess water. Another option is to use a self-watering pot.

Light

The best light for the Philodendron Painted Lady is bright indirect light. This beautiful aroid can also be placed in any low-light room and grow well.

While it can do well in some direct light, you should plan to keep it in indirect light for most of the day.

Your Meconostigma is getting too much light if its foliage begins to burn. On the other hand, if this plant isn’t getting enough light, its stems may become leggy.

Too much light can cause drooping and yellow leaves, but low fertility can also cause these symptoms. Our fertilizer section reviews the nutrient needs of this plant, so be sure to check that out.

A Philodendron Painted Lady with brown leaf tips may also indicate that you aren’t providing it with enough of the proper nutrients, as well.

Humidity For Painted Lady Philodendron

The Philodendron Painted Lady is an ideal buy for plant enthusiasts with attractive foliage and unique petioles.

It’s moderately easy to care for, requiring bright indirect light, high humidity, warm temperatures, and relatively moist soil.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer can be a great way to give your Painted Lady Philodendron supplemental nutrients, but too much or too little can harm the plant. 

Between the spring and summer, you should fertilize your Calostigma once a month using a basic all-purpose foliage fertilizer.

In the non-growing seasons, when plant development naturally slows, you shouldn’t need to fertilize.

Propagating Philodendron Painted Lady

Philodendrons are incredibly easy to propagate. It’s a great way to make your indoor garden larger without having to pay the price. 

It is possible to propagate a Meconostigma with the right methods. Here are various techniques for propagating this climbing tropical houseplant.

Stem Cuttings In Soil

If you already have a plant, it’s much easier to make more of it or buy stem cuttings from an online market like Etsy.

Take the plant’s stems in the spring and summer. 

Choose plant cuttings from new and healthy growth. Be sure to take off any leaves on the lowest part of the cutting – the part that’s going into the ground. 

Keep the soil around the cutting moist and keep the air around it humid.

Another thing you’ll need to do is keep the plant warm, at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which will help the roots grow well.

To keep the plant getting the same amount of light, turn and rotate it every few days.

Stem Cuttings In Water

First, choose cuttings from your Philodendron. Cuttings for most plants should be 4 to 6 inches in length.

Cut just below a node – about 1/3 of an inch, and remove any lower leaves. From here, place the Philodendron cutting in a glass of lukewarm filtered water. Expect to change the water every 3-4 days or so.

Similarly to stem cuttings, you want bright indirect light for this plant and plenty of humidity, and I recommend putting a humidifier next to the Painted Lady

Air Layering Technique

While I wouldn’t recommend this option for most growers, you could also experiment with air layering. This technique allows you to propagate a new plant while it’s still living on the mother plant. 

Typically, this is considered a lower-risk propagation method. But since your Painted Lady Philodendron propagates so easily in either soil or water, this option is not my first pick. That said, if you want a challenge – or just want to learn about new propagation techniques – please read on!

Here are your simple steps for air layering propagation:

Identify your cutting – Look for the healthy part of the mother plant and choose a section of the stem with the plant node. If possible, use at least two plant nodes.

Prepare Sphagnum Moss and Baggy – Fill a basic plastic baggy or plastic wrap halfway with sphagnum moss and add tap water until it’s slightly moist.

You’ll next make vertical cuts on the bag’s borders so that it can completely wrap around your nodes of choice. This is the most challenging aspect of the air layering process. The idea is to position the sphagnum moss to be the only item contacting the nodes.

Securing Your Bag And Moss – Use simple twist ties to hold your baggy and moss in place. Check that the ties are secure but not so tight that they compress the nodes or the stem and disturb the developing roots. The most important aspect is that your moss is up against the nodes.

Watering The Cutting – You should ideally have a little hole on the top of the bag where you can add water to keep the moss and cutting from drying up. The goal here is to avoid having your cutting either wet or too dry. If the moss appears to be drying out, add a few drops of water to the sphagnum moss. If there is a lot of surplus moisture, you can promote ventilation by poking small holes in the bag.

Removing The Cutting – Between three and five weeks, you should notice roots coming up against the plastic bag’s edges. At this stage, you may begin carefully removing the cutting with sterile scissors.

Temperature

Warm conditions are ideal for your Painted Lady Philodendron plant, thriving at temps up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other side of the spectrum, it can survive in temperatures as low as 55. But try your best to keep it around 65 or above, and it may survive in temps ranging from 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

And just a quick note for plant owners of all types – keep your plants away from vents or open windows, especially in the winter.

Flowers

The Philodendron Painted Lady can sometimes (very rarely) produce small cream and white flowers late spring to mid-summer for the mature plants. These flowers have an unpleasant smell and are known to waste the plant’s energy. 

I would recommend cutting the flowers off as soon as they grow.  

Toxic

Keep an eye out if you have tiny children or pets. This Philodendron is rich in calcium oxalate crystals that are toxic to pets, including cats, dogs, and people. If the Painted Lady is ingested, you can expect the following symptoms: inflammation, pain, and swelling. 

In the majority of cases, this plant is non-life-threatening. It may also cause skin irritation, so make sure to handle the plant while wearing gloves.

Care TypeCare Specifics
Botanical NamePhilodendron Painted Lady
Common NameMeconostigma, Calostigma, Baursea
Plant FamilyAraceae
OriginCreated - Not Discovered
Plant Typeperennial
Leaf Shapeheart-shaped
Leaf Colordeep green with blotches and spots
Recommended Home Placementin any low-light room
Growth Rateslow
Lightbright indirect light
Soilorganic potting soil
When To WaterWater when at least two inches of the soil are dry.
When To Fertilizeevery other week during growing season
Preferred pH6.1-7.3
Humidity Range70% or higher
Toxic To Pets?Yes - symptoms include inflammation, pain, and swelling
Common Pests & Diseasesspider mites, brown tips, fungus gnuts, scale insects, yellow leaves, root rot, mealy bugs

Pests, Diseases, And Other Problems

The Meconostigma, like all plants, is prone to a few diseases, pests, and other problems. Overall, I would say the Philodendron Painted Lady is not a disease and pest-resistant plant. Here are some quick tips for curing common ailments, as well as some general suggestions for keeping this rare plant healthy and thriving.

Spider Mites

Spider mites are common pests, particularly among Meconostigma. At first, spider mite damage appears as small brown or yellow patches on the leaves of Philodendron.

Additionally, you may discover that your plant has ceased to grow. Furthermore, because spider mites are linked to spiders, they make webs, which are sometimes visible.

To combat spider mites, begin spraying your Philodendron Painted Lady with a sink nozzle.

If it fails, insecticidal oil may be used, such as neem oil.

If you want to fight fire with fire, ladybugs can assist in keeping your spider mite population under control. Additionally, a bug dubbed the “spider mite destroyer” could be a possibility.

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats are small insects that feed on organic matter in the soil, potting soil, and other containers. Their larvae eat soil roots, fungi, and organic materials, detrimental to your Philodendron Painted Lady.

Hydrogen peroxide destroys fungus gnat larvae on contact, making it a quick and easy way to get rid of them. Spray your Meconostigma soil with a four-part water-one-part hydrogen peroxide solution.

Scale Insects

Scale insects are known for sucking sap from plants, valid for the Painted Lady Philodendron. It can cause wilting and yellowing on the leaves and – if left untreated – can even cause the death of the plant.

Be on the lookout for scale insects, which look like tiny (green, brown, gray, or black) lumps on the stems of the plants.

We recommend spraying neem oil mixed with water on the pests for light infestations.

If any of your plants have scale (or any pests for that matter), you should quarantine them from the rest of your garden.

Mealybugs

Mealybugs may infest your Philodendron Painted Lady. Like scale insects, mealybugs are sapsuckers, which can weaken or kill your painted lady plant. 

They leave behind a nasty excretion that can hurt plants and look unattractive.

Take a cotton swab and soak it in rubbing alcohol before rubbing it on the heart-shaped leaves and stem to combat the mealybug invasion. As a preventative spray, I like to use a mixture of Neem oil and water.

Brown Leaf Tips

Too much sunlight, not enough humidity and even fertilization issues can all cause brown leaf tips. Start by increasing humidity, which is a must-have for this Philodendron. If that doesn’t work, decrease the light a bit. 

If you’re using a grow light, you may need to decrease the hours it receives light.

If you’re still having issues, cut back on fertilizing for a bit. If the problem worsens, increase fertilizer.

Brown leaf tips require a bit of trial and error with this Philodendron.

Yellow Leaves

A Painted Lady Philodendron can turn yellow due to a variety of circumstances. It may not receive enough sunlight, or it may receive too much or too little water.

Yellow leaves should be clipped to foster new leaf growth and keep degeneration from spreading. Yellow leaves can be unpleasant, and pluck or cut the leaves with a sharp, sterile pair of shears. 

Root Rot

A prevalent cause of death for the Painted Lady Philodendron is root rot. Indoor gardeners, often with the best intentions, often overwater their plants, which can cause this disease.

Inadequate drainage – whether that’s from a lack of holes in the pot or poor soil – can also cause root rot.

One of the simplest ways to prevent root rot in Philodendron Painted Lady is to monitor the quantity of water it receives constantly.

Excessive water consumption is the primary cause of this debilitating and often deadly illness.

Similar Plants

There are so many Philodendron varieties to love. If you want to try growing more of them, start with some of our favorites:

Philodendron Lemon Lime – The vividly colorful leaves of this tropical home plant make it easy to identify. Its trailing foliage is a brilliant yellow to chartreuse in color. This lovely accent plant is also believed to help with anxiety and stress reduction.

Philodendron Moonlight – This chartreuse-green plant was named as such because of the way its foliage unfurls: luminescent white like the moon before turning green. This vibrant plant is sure to enliven any space indoors because of its popping colors.

Philodendron White Knight – This beautiful and incredibly rare plant is the crown jewel of any indoor grower’s collection.

Philodendron Burle Marx – This low-maintenance plant is a low-growing shrub considered very exotic. Its long, almost heart-shaped leaves are similar to some Anthuriums. It will liven up any space and create a refreshing vibe.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a rare plant that can brighten up a room, the Philodendron Painted Lady is a top choice. And while it may be slightly challenging to grow, you will be rewarded with its attractive foliage and unique pink stems.

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