Philodendron Camposportoanum 🌿
I didn’t even know about the philodendron camposportoanum until just recently, one day it popped up in the explore tab on Instagram. I saw a mature version of the plant and was in awe. The photos you see here are my own and are of a cutting purchased earlier this month. The plants leaves are often referred to as “hammer leaves” that is because as this plant matures the shape of the leaves change but that’s not it, even the color changes. A new leaf is soft, velvety and has a pink hue and as it matures a turns into a deep green. When direct sunlight hits the foliage of a young cutting the leaves shimmer and sparkle as if glitter were on the leaves, actually it was somewhat difficult to capture the details, I’m no pro but I tried, I like photography and hope to get better at photographing my plants.
The camposportoanum, which I will from here on out will refer to as campo, is like most philodendrons. It needs a fast draining soil, indirect light, and consistent watering. I have noticed that my philodendrons are VERY thirsty, not to mention some of them are currently outside which makes them even more thirsty, I typically water every 3-4 days especially because I am in south Florida. Philodendrons like to be in temps that are between 65-80 degrees and here it’s been above 85 the last few days and only getting hotter. The leaves will droop a little if too hot, the leaves can burn if in direct light and crispy edges can happy if too dry.
All I know is that is has been way too hot for some of the plants so I am working on making space to migrate them indoors.
I received my campo cutting on February 16th and because it is a cutting it stays inside a dome as seen to the right – please don’t mind my dog Gizmo, he’s just super curious and literally has to be everywhere I am and in the way. I wouldn’t have it any other way. lol. Anyway the dome is to help with humidity and keep a nice warm temperature that’s stable. This allows for the cutting to callous over, a calloused end (hardened end) allows for easy rooting. I haven’t checked the root system of the cutting yet but the plant has been in my possession for 10 days now and is doing very well. I can tell that it is ver healthy and with proper care it will thrive.
I have to say, I have really love philodendrons. Something about the uniqueness of each one and there are so many varieties. I have many philodendrons, actually going to get ready to air layer a few plants. If successful, I will sell but it will be weeks before they are ready.
🌿Needs a well-draining potting mix that will also retain some moisture I am using orchid bark, perlite, a little bit of peat moss and of course some good ol’ potting soil.
💦I water every 3-4 days spring/summer, longer in the winter, really just depends on the temps and sun exposure.
☀️Give this plant Indirect light or make sure to have shade cloth/mesh to protect them from the sun. My Campo is currently indoors under a dome and will remain indoors once it is transferred to soil.
🌱This plant likes to climb and crawl, let it do whatever floats your boat.
⚠️ Philodenron’s are toxic to humans and animals if ingested, they have high levels of calcium oxalate crystals in their bodies which can cause toxicity.
Plant purchased from Etsy seller Botanicaz.