Monday, November 15, 2010

Plant Find: Philodendron "Sucre's Slim"

I found this interesting Philodendron on eBay a couple of weeks ago.  I am assuming that it is a hybrid, but I haven't been able to find out much about the plant's parentage yet.  It is called "Sucre's Slim."

Philodendron "Sucre's Slim"
As you can see the leaves are very slender and lanceolate.  What you may not be able to see is that the plant is also tiny.  That wood stake measures about 4 inches tall.

Philodendron "Sucre's Slim" leaf detail
I really like the leaves of this Philodendron.  I'm excited to see how the plant looks as it matures.


  1. That looks like a larger version of P. hederaceum 'Frilly Philly'

  2. Philodendrons may exhibit different leaf size/shape when they mature. They do this by being able to latch on to a pole or support.

  3. I have a beautiful large Philodendron, just like your Rojos in the photo above. Something seems to be eating it? Plus it has gotten too big for the pot it seems and two separate plants split off from the first. I love this plant, it's usually so hardy and I'm not sure what it needs. Is it best to add a variety of soil so that it has enough airation in the mix. Maybe I need to put stones at the bottom of the pot. Any hints?

    Thank you.

  4. Wendy-
    You say that you think something is eating it. I would say that you need to get to the bottom of that first. A change in potting mix may be in order, and a mix with more aeration would definitely benefit the plant. But I would really be trying to figure out what is eating it. Have you not seen any pests on the plant? What are the signs that it is being eaten? Small holes in the leaves? Loss of color?

  5. Oh, thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I took the plant out of the pot and noticed chucks of white material surrounding the base of the main roots. I'm not sure what it is. I pulled it out and fluffed up the soil and re-potted the plants. I will get fresh soil tomorrow and re-pot them again.

    Two of the leaves have been chewed on the ends, another leaf has some holes in it, others have small dried spots and two leaves have become discolored which I pulled off. Over the years I leaf or two would become discolored and fall off with seems natural. I have looked for bugs and don't see any.

    I'm wondering if extra sun light is encouraging these changes (not the chewed leaves). We just moved and the plant is under a sky light. I was hoping this would bring on a few blossoms in the spring.

    Thanks again for your response.