Common problems in growing Philodendron Micans plant

Kwaku Amenorhu
Philodendron Micans PlantWest Wood Gardens

The Philodendron Micans is one of the most stunning varieties of the philodendron plant and is famous for its heart-shaped velvety leaves and its habit of trailing. Available in abundance in countries like America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Micans is the most suitable plant if you do not have ample space available for greenery. The leaves never grow longer than 3 inches wide, which makes it a great tabletop plant as well.

The fact that the Philodendron Micans care is much easier and they fit well in smaller spaces, makes it a very popular houseplant. However, there are some common problems that you might come across when growing this variety of Philodendron family.

Problems in Growing Philodendron Micans

Curling leaves

If you notice the leaves of your Micans curling, then that is a sign of lack of moisture. You can resolve this problem by just watering the plant right. Curling leaves might be an indication of dried-out or rotten roots that are unable to absorb moisture properly.

So, if watering doesn’t uncurl the leaves, take a look at the roots. If there’s some problem with the roots, you should place the plant in water to allow its roots to regrow.

Yellowing leaves

Excess direct sunlight can burn Philodendron Micans leaves and leave them yellow. Similarly, insufficient light can result in yellowing leaves. But once you adjust the light, you’ll find that the leaves will perk up again. Of course, some leaves will be permanently damaged, and you can just pluck them off the plant.

Leaves falling off

It’s completely normal for the leaves of a plant to fall as it matures. However, if you see lots of leaves falling too frequently or if new leaves start to fall off, then you might be under-watering your plant. To prevent this from happening, just make sure that your plant doesn’t try out between two watering sessions.

Brown leaves

Lack of humidity can dry the leaves, which results in brown tips or edges. Browning can also occur due to excessive direct sunlight. To prevent this from happening, adjust the light.

Over-fertilizing can also burn the leaves so make sure you follow the amount of fertilizer prescribed. If you suspect fertilizer buildup in the soil, make sure you flush the soil using plain water. You can also use worm castings instead of fertilizer for the soil to prevent fertilizer buildup.

Mushy stems

Mushy stems also occur due to overwatering or insufficient drainage. Make sure you place your plant in a container that has drainage holes. Also, make sure the top few inches of the soil dry out between two watering sessions.


Philodendron Micans are susceptible to a range of houseplant pests, including aphids, fungus gnats, and mealybugs due to scale and overwatering. They are also vulnerable to spider mite infestations, especially if there’s a lack of humidity indoors.

Make sure you check your plant regularly for signs of infestation so that you stop it before it gets worse. Misting the plant with water can help prevent spider mites. In addition, neem oil and insecticidal soap can help eliminate the infestation.

Leggy or stemmy plant

Insufficient bright indirect light can cause the Philodendron Micans to become leggy or stemmy. This means that there’s a lot of space between leaves and the stems become sparse. If you don’t get sufficient indirect light in your house, you can just add a grow light.

I hope these commonly faced problems while growing the Philodendron Micans plant and their solutions have helped you take care of your houseplant much easier. Make sure to spot the signs earlier, so you can solve them faster without any extra effort.

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Kwaku Amenorhu is an entrepreneur and a freelance writer with a background reporting on local communities, now living in and reporting on the Bronx area.

New York, NY

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