XAVIER THE PHILODENDRON XANADU
Xavier can tolerate all types of light. He prefers bright indirect light but will still survive in a medium or low lit room. Make sure there is at least one window in the room as Xavier will need some natural light to live. Lighting-wise Xavier pairs perfectly with Zoe and Foxy.
Xavier is a drought tolerant plant and can go a few weeks at a time without water. He is perfect for any frequent travellers who may not be around to water him. The best way to know when he is ready for a drink is by feeling the first two inches of his soil and checking if they are dry.
Xavier likes a humid room but it isn't essential for his survival. He’s an adaptable plant that can cope in a room with low humidity.
Xavier is native to Brazil and prefers a warmer room. To keep Xavier happy he should be placed in a room between 18ºC-25ºC.
Xavier will grow plenty of leaves in the spring and summer months. To promote growth use a diluted fertiliser every 4 weeks in the months from March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
Xavier should be repotted once every 2-3 years or whenever large roots start sticking out of her nursery pot. Avoid repotting in the winter months as this will send him into shock.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR XANADU PLANT
Yellow leaves - The most common reason for yellowing leaves is overwatering however yellow leaves will happen when that particular leaf has reached the end of its life cycle.
Slow growth or no new growth - Don’t expect to see much growth in the autumn and winter months. In the summer months you should see plenty of new growth if Xavier is placed in a room with plenty of natural light. To encourage growth you can use a diluted fertiliser once a month from the months of March-September.
Lower Yellow leaves - This is common especially in the winter months when Xavier is shedding some of his foliage in preparation for the growth season.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: If possible use filtered or rain water to water Xavier. The chemicals found in tap water could upset his root system and cause brown or yellow spots on his foliage as a result.
Top tip 2: When watering Xavier always use room temperature or lukewarm water. Cold water will shock his root system.
Top tip 3: Keep Xavier away from any open windows or radiators. Excessive heat or cold may cause his leaves to drop.