Rhaphidophora Care

Rhaphidophora Care

Family: Araceae
Common Name: Mini Monstera, Dwarf Monstera, Philodendron Ginny, Dragon Tail, 
Botanical Name: Rhaphidophora species

This unique genus of vining indoor plants brings out your wild side as they are vigorous growers with only a few basic requirements to let them entangle you with green love! Let's set the record straight! These highly acclaimed houseplants are not related to Monstera or Philodendron, even though there is some resemblance. The biggest difference is that Rhaphidophoras need more aeration in their soil and cannot tolerate exposure to cold air like those other plants! Learn how to care for these easy-on-the-eyes sprawling houseplants!

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Light

Provide Rhaphidophora with bright, indirect light. A lack of light will slow down leaf development, and also prohibit the soil from drying out between watering which can cause root rot. Yuck! For ideal light conditions, place your plant in front of a north or east-facing window, or a few feet away from a south or west facing window.

Water

During the growing season (spring and summer), keep the soil moist by watering it  when the top 1/2 of the soil becomes dry to the touch.  Do not overwater.  While the Rhaphidophora likes moist conditions, it does not like its soil dense and soggy. Water less frequently in the winter.

Temperature

The Rhaphidophora prefers typical household  temperatures (68-80℉).  Avoid extremely hot or cold conditions.

Humidity

The Rhaphidophora thrives in areas with  higher humidity (60%), but it will still do well in typical household humidity levels of 30% -40%.  For a happier plant, consider using a humidifier.  If a humidifier is not available, place the Rhaphidophora near a tray filled with pebbles and water, or group it with other indoor plants.

Fertilizer

Feed the Rhaphidophora two to three times a month during the growing season with a gentle, diluted, complete fertilizer.


Growth Rate

These indoor plants are fast growing vines reaching over 10'+ with proper care.

Pet Friend or Foe

These indoor plants are Toxic to pets! Foe

Pro Tips

  1. Plant the Rhaphidophora in well-draining sandy soil to avoid oversaturation and root rot.
  2. To propagate, cut the vine just below the node, and root the cutting in sphagnum moss, soil, or water.
  3. While the Rhaphidophora prefers natural sunlight, it will remain healthy under a grow light.

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