Origin and Naming of Philodendron Gloriosum
As it crawls across the ground, Gloriosum sends up new leaf stems and grows one new leaf on each stem. A fully mature specimen averages 2-3 feet long. With this slow grower, it will take years to reach that stage, so don’t worry too much at the beginning about space. Gloriosum grows towards the light, so you’ll need to position the planter in a way that makes creeping easy for your plant, or it will have awkward growth.
Philodendron gloriosum grows leisurely, often taking a month or two to produce a new leaf. Don’t worry; this is normal! This Philodendron takes some patience but then rewards you with the most wonderful display. If you want a fast-growing Philodendron, this is not the one for you.
Don’t try to speed up the process through extra fertilization or watering; this only leads to adverse side effects. Embrace the slowness and celebrate the wonder of each new leaf as it emerges and matures.
Philodendron gloriosum’s prefer slightly damp soil that is not soggy. This can be a bit of a balancing act, but once you’ve been watering your plant for a while, you’ll start to learn its habits and preferences. It’s best to err on the side of too dry as opposed to too wet; consistent soggy soil leads to root rot, one of the leading killers of Philodendrons.
The best watering practice is to always check the soil before watering. Do this by sticking your finger into the soil. If the top two inches are dry, it’s time to water. Any moistness in the top few inches of soil and your Philodendron is doing fine and doesn’t need to be watered. Plan on watering your Gloriosum 1-2 times a week, depending on your climate, indoor air quality, and humidity levels.
One remarkable thing about the Philodendron gloriosum is that it will tell you if it needs water or is receiving too much. You just need to pay attention to the leaves. When the leaves droop, the plant is struggling from being overwatered or underwatered.
If your plant develops long, leggy leaves and there are significant distances between the leaves, your plant isn’t getting enough light. You’ll need to either move it closer to the sunlight or start using grow lights.
The way Gloriosum grows, it needs to continually root to the soil. This is how it spreads. If it is in a small container, it will quickly run out of new space to root and stop growing.
Temperature & Humidity
Line a baking sheet with pebbles and fill it with water. Place the houseplant on top of the stones. As the water evaporates, moisture is added to the air. You’ll need to semi-frequently refill the tray with water to keep this DIY solution working.
In the winter months, hold back on adding fertilizer so your Philodendron can rest and conserve energy for the following year.
Common Issues & Pests
Thrips, Spider Mites, Mealybugs, and Aphids
This is one plant where you don’t want to replicate the native habitat too closely. Outdoor Gloriosums have the benefit of space. When they grow somewhere too shady, they use their creeping abilities to march towards the light.
Philodendron gloriosum is a queen among houseplants, forcing you to be patient as she takes her time producing a grand spectacle of each leaf. We love this houseplant for the slow drama, exquisite markings, and prodigious display. Follow all the growing tips in this guide, and you’re in for a real treat with this Philodendron.