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Velvet Lover: Philodendron Micans

Who can get enough of these velvet leaves and vines that grow aerial roots to climb! Philodendron Micans (botanical name: Philodendron Hederaceum) have popped off within the last year. I found this beauty for roughly USD 15/20 on Etsy for a 4-inch pot, but now Micans go for USD 25 or up, but in stores, Micans are a lot more. I suggest looking through locally own online stores to prevent spending too much!

Here are some links to Micans!

Heads Up! I saw that some plant sellers sell just cutting nodes for USD 20! Please do not think that is a good deal. The links above are 4-inch pots rooted for USD 25/30-ish.

This stunning plant has won a lot of people's hearts, but experiences with Micans have been different extremely. I am here to tell you what works best for me, but it might not necessarily be the best solution for you!

***Can we take a moment and admire these leaves!

*** I have small clips to help the Mican to climb the wall, but once they were growing, they were using their own roots to keep climbing.

I have own this one Mican for roughly a year now, and it did start getting sad when it needed to be repotted, but once I did repot the leaves became a richer velvet green, and the vines started growing longer. I have some experience with a couple of different type of families of plants, and Philodendrons are differently my favorite. I suggest if you are new with plants, to honestly start with philodendron because they are so easy-going. They grow so fast, and you do not have to do that much! I honestly believe I never killed a philodendron and I have progated so many. (So I have a ton of baby philodendron throughout my house.)


Temperature: 65-80 Degrees Fahrenheit (18-26 Degrees Celcius)

-I would keep their temperature around 68-70 Degrees Fahrenheit. I am currently in Denver, Colorado, and I keep my Micans in a South Facing window which the temperature is 65-70ish Degrees Fahrenheit.

***Humidy gauger also tells the temperature

Soil: Well-drained. I created a mixture of potting soil, bark, charcoal, perlite, and worm casting. This just creates nutritious soil. If you like to water your plants a lot, I suggest a little more bark and perlite, but if you are the type to forget to water, I would have more soil and add pea moss to hold moisture.

- I have seen a lot of videos of people putting their Micans fully in water. I have personally never tried it. Additionally, I have made the transition from Atlanta to Denver, and I have to say

*** my opinion is that soil is mostly preference, but giving the soil nutrients is the most important part. Yes, all plants live in different soil types like cactus versus Calathes. I could be completely wrong, and please let me know your opinions down in the comment sections, but I am speaking based on my experience.

Water: Let me tell you, this plants loves any water. I have given my Mican tap water from GA and CO. I have also done rain water, and even distal water. I have never dedicated a certain water over a period of time to see which does the best, but none of the leaves every became crispy.

Humidity: Micans are the most easy growing plants if you have no picked that up. I had my Mican outside this summer in GA, and it did not pop off like all my other Phioldendrons. I find that interesting. It was growing a lot in a semi humidy room in my house (around 30%-60%). I would say a lot of humidy does not necessarily mean ton of growth like some Philordendrons.

This plant is toxic to animals. Please be careful with your pets!!

Propagation: Micans love the water. Just cut the plant a couple leafs back and place at least two nodes in the water for growth. Micans do have to adjust, so you might loose more leaves or they will start to curl up. Just be patient and allow the mican to start rooting.

This plant is easy-going, and a blast to have in the home. Sometimes it takes experience to learn what works best within your home, so do not be afraid to try out a new plant, but I know you will not regret owning a Philodendron Mican.

***The photo above is displaying new root growth from the ariel root. This cutting has been in water for about a month. It takes a good bit of time for roots to grow because the plant is adjusting to the water.

*** The photo the right is an example of losing leaves from the propagation process.

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