Xanadu Philodendron (Winterbourn) Plant (Philodendron x Winterbourn' XANADU') 6 inch pot
Xanadu Philodendron was originally known as the Winterbourn Philodendron, so-named for Veronica and Barry Winterbourn who were granted the plant patent in 1989. The scientific name for philodendron means "loving" (philos) and "tree" (dendron) because the vining growth habit of most philodendrons allows them to climb trees. Even though Xanadu Philodendron is a non-vining, non-climbing type, it's still related to the philodendrons that are!
Wildly Dramatic Foliage
Xanadu Philodendron is not a climbing or clinging vine that can be trained to a trellis or wooden post in a container arrangement. And it's not a hanging-basket philodendron with trailing stems that seem to go on forever. Adding a twist to other types of philodendrons, Xanadu has a non-vining growth habit '– it grows into a thick clump of foliage. On sheer size alone, Xanadu's leaves are impressive. Each leaf can grow as large as 18 inches long and 12 inches wide. But it's the texture of these leaves that really stands out from the crowd. The leaves are deeply lobed, sometimes with as many as 20 lobes per leaf!
Loves Rich Soil
The rainforest floor, where Xanadu Philodendron naturally grows, has fertile soil that is rich in organic matter. This plant grows best in this type of soil, which you can provide by using a potting mix that also contains organic matter, such as peat moss and compost. Even if your garden soil is rich, it'll likely become more compacted in a container than Xanadu Philodendron would like. It's better to use a commercially packaged houseplant potting mix, which is formulated to stay loose and keep the roots healthier.
Xanadu Philodendron enjoys more water for healthy growth than many houseplants; in fact, a key to its lush growth is keeping the soil evenly moist. But "moist" doesn't mean "soggy," so make sure all the excess water drains. Don't let the soil become too dry between waterings, and your plant will thank you!
Xanadu Philodendron will definitely benefit from fertilization, which will keep its foliage dark green. Use a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer that's formulated for foliage plants, and fertilize your plant once a month or according to the label directions. You can withhold fertilizer during the winter months.
Tip: It's actually better to fertilize every two weeks at half strength instead of once monthly at full strength.
Not winter hardy!
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