Care tips to keep your Philodendron Xanadu thriving
- 5 November, 2019
- Pot and Posy
No, not the musical movie starring Olivia Newton John. Philodendron Xanadu is a gorgeous tropical plant that’s looks great both indoors and out.
Xanadu is a Philodendron, which are endemic to South America, the Caribbean and tropical parts of the United States.
They have luscious, evergreen leaves that have a decorative lobe feature and grow in a compact habit. New leaves tend to be smooth, with their distinctive wiggly style emerging as the foliage matures.
Xanadu was originally patented as Philodendron ‘Winterbourn’ when it was thought to be a new, chance seedling grown in Western Australia, and is protected under the Plant Breeders Rights in Australia. There are however strong claims that the Xanadu philodendron originated from a seed found in the wild in Brazil.
We have offered Xanadu in a range of pots and sizes, so check out our Plants page to find an arrangement you like.
Xanadu prefer a warm position with plenty of daylight, but are best kept out of direct sun. This is a bit different to when they’re planted as a landscape plant outdoors because, in a pot, the soil will dry out more quickly and impact both the roots and leaves. Glass windows can also create a bit of a greenhouse effect and heat the plant more quickly. If many leaves start to yellow at the same time, this may mean that your plant is receiving too much sunlight, or extended periods of direct sunlight.
Nonetheless, keep your Xanadu in a well lit position, and out of dark rooms. Apart from helping to maintain a healthy plant, this will also help it keep a more compact and denser foliage with more leaves. If your plant is getting leggy with lots of space between leaves, this means it’s not getting enough light.
Xanadu’s leaves will face the light’s direction so turn the pot occasionally for an even spread.
Xanadu like a rich, well drained soil that is high in organic material. Keep the soil moist, without being soggy. A great way to keep a steady supply of water, especially for when you’re away on holiday, is through an automatic plant waterer.
In winter you can let the soil to dry out between drinks. This is when the plant is resting and least likely to grow new shoots.
Through spring and summer, when the plant is in its growing phase, you can liquid fertilise potted Xanadu with a diluted fertiliser.
Philodendron Xanadu isn’t likely to get effected by pests. Occasionally, you may get aphids or mealybugs. These can be quickly taken care of with homemade remedies such as a mixture of soap, onion, garlic and chilli diluted in water for an all-round pesticide.
Xanadu can be poisonous and if ingested can cause respiratory issues. The foliage may also cause skin or eye irritations. So take care and consider where you place your plant if you have pets or young children.