Philodendron Mayoi

Scientific Name: Philodendron Mayoi

Common Name: Fern-like Philodendron

Philodendron Mayoi care is an easy Philodendron to grow and care for. If you want a houseplant that will bring a unique touch to your home, a Philodendron Mayoi plant may be for you.

To give this Philodendron Mayoi plant the best care, it requires fast-draining well-aerated soil, allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering, provide it with bright filtered sunlight, temperatures ranging from 65-80F, and high humidity levels.

Quick Care Overview

Common NameFern-like Philodendron
Scientific NamePhilodendron Mayoi
Growth RateFast
IdentificationGlossy dark green leaves with holes
HeightUp to 4 feet tall
SoilWell-aerated, fast-draining soil
WaterAllow top few inches of soil to dry out before watering
SunlightFiltered bright sunlight
Toxic to Cats & DogsYes
Toxic to HumansYes
PestsMealybugs, thrips, spider mites
DiseasesRoot rot

Below we will dive deep into this Philodendron Mayoi care guide.

Philodendron Mayoi Care

Philodendron Mayoi History

Brazilian native Philodendron Mayoi is a unique Philodendron that resembles a palm tree with lovely dark green fronds. This Philodendron is easy to care for and is perfect for any plant collector. 

Philodendron Mayoi Identification

Having unique foliage, Philodendron Mayoi presents with deeply pinnated, glossy, dark green foliage that may grow up to 10 inches long. Petioles and veins will have a reddish hue. 

Philodendron Mayoi Growth Facts

This exotic plant is great for beginners and avid plant collectors alike. You may want to provide it with a moss pole to give your Philodendron some extra support, as this plant is a climber. Expect to see aerial roots from this plant as it grows into a mature plant. These aerial roots help it to cling to surfaces and absorb moisture from the air.

How Big Does a Philodendron Mayoi Get?

Philodendron Mayoi may grow up to 4 feet tall when cultivated indoors. 

Philodendron Mayoi Care

This easy to care for plant is perfect for beginners and will bring an exotic touch to any home. 

Philodendron Mayoi Soil

Philodendron Mayoi soil will thrive in a pot with fast-draining soil that is well-aerated to be healthy. To create a perfect growing medium, incorporate bark, perlite, and peat moss or coco coir into a high-quality potting mix. This soil of this plant likes to lean slightly acidic. Be sure to plant this Philodendron into a pot with drainage holes, either a decorative pot or a nursery pot is a good choice.

Philodendron Mayoi Fertilizer

Although Philodendron Mayoi is not considered to be a heavy feeder, it will benefit from a monthly feeding from a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer during the growing months of spring and summer.

You can also use a slow-release fertilizer, which will provide the plant with a steady supply of nutrients over a longer period of time. A slow-release fertilizer will typically have a lower concentration of nitrogen than a water-soluble fertilizer, but it will still provide the plant with the necessary nutrients.

It is recommended to fertilize Philodendron Mayoi every 4-6 weeks during the growing season, spring and summer and less frequently during the dormant season of fall and winter. Make sure to follow the package instructions and not to exceed the recommended dosage to avoid over fertilization.

Philodendron Mayoi Watering

Luckily, as Philodendron Mayoi doesn’t require much care, less is often better when it comes to watering! You should rewater your Philodendron when the top few inches of soil have dried. Ideally, your plant will prefer to be watered with rainwater, distilled water, or purified water instead of tap water. 

One way to water Philodendron Mayoi is to use the “bottom-up” method, where you place the pot in a tray of water and let the soil absorb the water from the bottom. This method allows the soil to evenly absorb the water and prevent over watering.

You can also water the plant from the top, but make sure to check the soil moisture level before watering. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. In general, it is important to monitor the moisture level of the soil and adjust watering as needed.

It’s also important that the plant’s water needs may change depending on the humidity level and temperature inside your home, as well as the size of the pot it lives in and the time of year. Be sure to adjust your watering schedule based on these differentiating factors.

Philodendron Mayoi Light Requirements

Philodendron Mayoi likes to be grown near an abundance of bright natural light that is preferably filtered so that they do not burn from sunlight that is too intense, especially in summer. Winter sunlight should almost never burn your plants leaves. Your Philodendron should receive six to eight hours of natural light daily for optimum health. If you don’t have good lighting in your home, consider investing in LED grow lights to provide enough light for this plant. Without adequate lighting, it may not grow as much and/or the leaves will grow to be smaller. Be sure to rotate the plant every week to ensure the entire plant is receiving enough light.

Philodendron Mayoi Temperature & Humidity

Being a tropical plant, Philodendron Mayoi likes to be kept between 66 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Never allow your plant to be exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, however, nothing under 60 is best, as this may cause irreversible damage. Philodendron Mayoi also wants to be held in high humidity environments. You can increase the growth of your Philodendron by installing a humidifier or pebble tray.

Repotting Philodendron Mayoi

You should water your Philodendron whenever you see roots peeking out through its container’s drainage holes or when the roots are growing in circles on top of the soil. Philodendron Mayoi will not mind being slightly rootbound. To repot, select a container 2″ larger in diameter than the previous container, gently lift out the plant’s root ball out of the current pot, place it in the new container with fresh soil on the bottom. Then add more soil to the top, tamp lightly. Water the plant thoroughly after repotting and place your plant it in indirect light. 

Philodendron Mayoi Maintenance & Pruning

Philodendron Mayoi requires very little care. You may periodically remove any dead, diseased, or discolored foliage using sharp, clean shears. Philodendron Mayoi is also known to be a dust collector. Spraying down your plant or wiping the leaves with a microfiber cloth are excellent ideas to rid the leaves of dust.

Philodendron Mayoi Propagation

Philodendron Mayoi is especially easy to propagate. You may propagate your Philodendron by taking stem cuttings and placing them in soil. To take a cutting select several healthy stems from your Philodendron Mayoi and cut under the nodes using sharp, clean shears. Place your cuttings into a container with fresh soil and water thoroughly. Keep your cuttings moist and move to indirect light. 

How to Care for Philodendron Mayoi

Philodendron Mayoi Toxicity

Philodendron Mayoi is toxic to humans, cats, and dogs from the calcium oxalate crystals within the plant. Wash hands and/or wear gloves when handling this plant and never ingest it.

Toxicity to Humans

Philodendron Mayoi is considered toxic to humans. If consumed, this plant may cause pain, swelling, drooling, difficulty breathing, and other issues. Ensure that you keep this plant away from small children and babies. 

Toxicity to Cats & Dogs

Philodendron Mayoi is considered toxic to pets and should never be consumed. However, if you suspect that your pet has consumed any portion of this plant, contact your veterinarian or animal poison control center immediately.

Philodendron Mayoi Problems

Philodendron Mayoi Leaves Turning Yellow

Typically, the number one cause of yellowing foliage when it comes to Philodendron Mayoi is due to overwatering issues. Be sure to allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering.

Philodendron Mayoi Leaves Turning Brown

The foliage of Philodendron Mayoi may brown due to underwatering or due to too much direct sunlight. Be sure to place it in a spot where it will receive indirect sunlight.

Philodendron Mayoi Diseases

While Philodendron Mayoi may be considered generally disease-resistant, it still may become susceptible to issues related to overwatering. Ensure that you do not overwater your plant or allow it to sit in excess standing water from within its drainage tray. 

Philodendron Mayoi Pests

Like many other tropical indoor houseplants, Philodendron Mayoi may become susceptible to common indoor houseplant pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, and more. Periodically inspect your plant for any signs of infestation. Upon identifying an infestation, isolate your plant, and treat it with a pesticide such as neem oil or insecticidal soap. Ensure that you follow all label instructions. 

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