Philodendron Shangri-La, Lovely Exotic Beauty That Easy To Care

Philodendron Shangri-La, Lovely Exotic Beauty That Easy To Care -- Shangri-La philodendron (Thamatophyllum bippinatifidum 'Shangri-La') is a bushy, shrubby philodendron with big, deeply lobed leaves. It differs from other philodendrons by its compact size of 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet broad. The Shangri-La grows in a clump from its base as well. This is known as'self-heading,' and it varies from most usual climbing/vining varieties.

About Plant


The Shangri-La, like most Philodendrons, is considered easy to care for yet easy to grow indoors. This tropical plant grows naturally in the rainforest understory's warm, rich, and moist conditions. It is also sturdy enough to survive neglect, making it an excellent choice for both beginners and experts. 

Unlike some of its relatives, this split-leaf Philodendron does not climb, so it does not require a moss pole or trellis, and pruning is not required. While the Philodendron Shangri-La produces spathe-like flowers in the spring and summer, it rarely blooms when planted as a houseplant.

Plant Care


- Light : prefers bright to medium indirect light, A shady or partially shaded location is ideal. 

- Soil : A loose, chunky potting mediujm works best. Pre-made soil mixes designed for aroids or you can make your own at home.

- Water : Allow the top half of the soil to dry between waterings before thoroughly watering and allowing excess water to drain completely.

- Temperature and Humidity : Prefered to keep temperatures between 60 to 75 Fahrenheit and avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

- Fertilizer : should be applied during the spring and summer months to support new growth. Apply once a month during waterings.

Plant Propagation


Philodendron Shangri-La is best propagated via division. To propagate a Shangri-La by division, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the plant from its pot and place it on a flat surface on its side. 
  2. Gently remove the dirt surrounding the plant's roots and offshoots, leaving as many roots intact as possible.
  3. Separate the offshoots from the main plant. Even if it's only a few roots, each branch should have its own root system. It may still be attached to the mother plant with one huge root, depending on size. Sever the root with your cutting tool, leaving as much of the branch as possible.
  4. For each branch, fill a tiny potting container with loose, chunky soil mix. 
  5. Plant in the prepared pots, pressing the dirt firmly around the young plant's stem. 
  6. Water thoroughly and place in a warm position with medium to bright indirect light. 
  7. Finally, repot the mother plant in its original container, adding more potting soil if required. Return it to its original spot, and water if necessary.

Potting and Repotting

Although the Shangri-La can withstand being slightly root bound, it should be repotted every one to two years, or when the plant has outgrown its container. Roots growing from the drainage holes of the pot or circling the container are also signs that it's time to repot.  

This is best done in the spring or summer while the plant is actively growing, but it may be done at any time. Choose a new pot that is two to four inches bigger than the old one. Refresh as much of the soil as possible without damaging the roots, and then quickly restore the plant to its original spot. 

Common Pests and Plant Diseases


Regularly inspecting your plant is the greatest method to detect any possible infections early. Look for spider mites, fungus gnats, thrips, and mealybugs. Isolate and treat an infected plant using neem oil or a pesticide.

Aside from root rot, the philodendron Shangri-La is sensitive to fungal leaf spot infections, which are common in philodendrons. These infections emerge on new growth as little black or rust-colored patches on the leaves, which increase over time. These fungal infections are difficult to get rid of and can swiftly spread to other plants. Isolate the affected plants and apply a fungicide to them.

Common Problems


Philodendron Shangri-La is an easy to care for houseplant that tolerates a wide range of growth conditions. However, like with any plant, there are certain typical issues that might arise while growing it inside.

Yellow Leaves 

It might be getting too much or too little water or light. Older leaves will often turn yellow and then fall off. Consider changing your watering and fertilizer schedule if new growth is losing its green tint. Moving the plant to a location with greater lighting can be a choice.

Brown Spots

If the spots are tiny and appear on numerous leaves, it is most likely a fungal infection. If your plant has one or two bigger crispy and dry spots, it may be burnt or not getting enough humidity. Place it out of direct sunlight and away from drafty windows or air vents, which can dry up the air.

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