Philodendron tortum

skeleton philodendron

Set apart from other Philodendrons by its thin and long leaves, which are known to unfurl spectacularly, the P. tortum would make for a unique addition to any collection!

Native to Brazil and Bolivia and very hard to find, these indoor plants are always a big a conversation starter.

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Origin: Brazil, Bolivia
Genus: Philodendron
Species / Cultivar: tortum
Common Name: skeleton philodendron
Synonym: misslabeled P.bipinnatifidum ‘Tortum’ or P.polypodioides ‘Tortum’,

Plant Biography

A recent addition to the plant world, the Philodendron tortum has taken the world of houseplants by storm when it was first introduced to cultivation.

The skeleton philodendron was recently discovered in the Brazilian Amazonas and described by botanists only in 2012. In the deep Amazonian jungle, the plant grows clinging onto trees like lianas, receiving limited amounts of light and enjoying high humidity levels.

Philodendron tortum
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 20 - 30°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Fast
Capable of prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

If a humidifier does not help to keep the moisture levels up, the plant can be placed in a glass cabinet. A clear statement about a special plant!
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The plant is not used to intense light. It’s best to be placed a few meters away from a window in a North or East facing room to receive only limited amounts of light in the morning.

A bathroom would be ideal for the skeleton philodendron, as a good level of humidity in the air should be around 50-70%. A cool-mist humidifier can help improve the air moisture, especially in winter and prevent the plant from developing brown tips.

As it is a climber, it will eventually require either a moss pole to climb onto or a bamboo support to keep the plant upright.


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