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Rhaphidophora

Rhaphidophora is an easy-going vining plant that features interesting shaped leaves with fenestrations. Rhaphidophora are native to Thailand and Malaysia, so they enjoy warm temperatures, bright light and high humidity.

How to care for your Rhaphidophora

Use these instructions to care for a Rhaphidophora. This guide will tell you how to water a Rhaphidophora; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Rhaphidophora

LIGHT

Your Rhaphidophora prefers very bright, indirect light. It can survive in medium light conditions but may stop growing or produce smaller leaves. Do not put it in full, direct sunlight–the sun will burn the foliage.

WATER

Water your Rhaphidophora when the top 75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Be sure to empty any excess water that collects in the saucer. Yellow leaves may indicate over watering, while brown leaves mean the plant needs more water.

HUMIDITY

Basic household humidity is fine for your Rhaphidophora, but higher humidity encourages larger leaves. Your plant will benefit from the occasional misting.

TEMPERATURE

Your Rhaphidophora will grow best in temperatures between 70-80 degrees. Keep it away from drafts, especially during the winter months.

FOOD

Feed your Rhaphidophora monthly in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food diluted to half the recommended strength. Fertilize every other month in the fall and winter.

TOXICITY

Rhaphidophora leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will result in swelling of the lips and tongue, and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Regularly remove any dead leaves from the plant to encourage healthy new growth. Cut leaves close to the stem with clean, sharp shears. Wash the leaves frequently to prevent dust from clogging the pores.

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