Philodendron Deja vu
Hello Fellow Gardener, Are you looking for a plant that doesn’t require a lot of care? You might be busy but love plants and want one, so we’ve found the perfect one for you, Philodendron Deja Vu.
This plant is grown for its foliage beauty. The unique appearance of this compact, easy-to-grow plant always draws attention, despite the fact that it lacks flowers. The genus Philodendron contains more than 500 species. Plants of this genus are preferred by gardeners because they don’t care much for them, and Deja vu Phil is the best. It thrives even if you ignore it. You don’t have to exert a great deal of energy to make this plant happy.
The plant is native to tropical forests in Brazil. Presently, it is available worldwide and is becoming a favourite indoor plant. It usually grows as a group since it creates a beautiful landscape. It is a perennial evergreen plant with dark green, glossy foliage with undulating and serrated margins. Due to its evergreen nature, this plant does not lose all of its leaves at one time. New leaves replace older leaves as they shed. For this reason, it is perfect as a decorative plant. Also, since it’s perennial, you won’t have to grow it or propagate it constantly. It will be there for (3-5) years beautifying your home, garden and baskets.
Several flexible stems emerge from the base, giving rise to many leaves. If you don’t have much space but are interested in growing Philodendron Deja Vu. No worries, this plant is compact, reaching heights of 4 feet and widths of less than 4 feet at maximum. If grown in a pot, it only grows to 24 inches, making it a less space-consuming plant. You can place it in Balcony, Ladder Steps, Living Room Corner, Bathroom or in the kitchen.
As they say, with every good thing comes a bad one, Deja vu is poisonous. When consumed at high levels, its leaves contain a poisonous chemical called calcium oxalate, which can be fatal to your pets. Humans can also experience irritation and swelling in the respiratory tract. Thus, be cautious and keep this at a safe distance from your small loved ones, particularly, children and pets. The general information about this plant is given below:-
|Name||Philodendron Deja Vu|
|Scientific Name||Philodendron bipinnatifidum|
|Leaves||Evergreen, Glossy, Dark Green|
|Toxicity||Yes (Calcium Oxalate In Leaf)|
|Uses||Indoor Decor Plant|
Philodendron Deja Vu Care
Its natural habitat is under the shade of a big tree. Because of this, it dislikes direct sunlight and prefers diffused light. Don’t completely shade the plant as this may stunt its growth and cause it to go dormant. Their ability to thrive in low light conditions makes them an excellent indoor plant.
Phil Deja Vu loves warm temperatures. Even though it’s a tropical plant, it doesn’t like extremely hot and cold weather. Room temperature is ideal for this plant. You may want to keep the plant inside if you live in a region where it gets very cold, otherwise it will die from chilling. High temperatures cause its leaves and stem to dry out, while low temperatures cause the leaves to discolour. It is happiest at temperatures between (12-26)°C.
Though this Phil can grow in almost all kinds of soil, Sandy loam soil is considered the best. The pH should be slightly acidic, 6-6.5. You can make the potting mix by mixing 50% garden soil, 20% Sand, 15% Compost and 15% Cocopeat.
The Philodendron Deja Vu does not like much water. It can go weeks without being watered. The soil should only be watered when it is absolutely dry in the top 3 inches. While watering, the soil should remain moist, but not soggy, and proper drainage should be provided. Furthermore, its stem can store water. Overwatering reduces the soil aeration and the leaves turn yellow.
This plant is not fertilizer demanding. However, Adding compost during soil mix preparation and giving additional fertilizer during summer helps to promote the growth of dark green foliage. There is no need of fertilizer during winter as the plant goes dormant. Water soluble fertilizers are the best for Deja vu Phil. Never apply the Fertilizers at the base of Plant. Maintaining the distance of 6 inches from the base of the plant is best.
Being a tropical plant, It loves a humid environment. Higher humidity favours the shiny fresh foliage and overall growth. If the climate becomes dry, misting is recommended to maintain humidity level.
Philodendron Deja Vu has an average growth rate, neither fast nor slow. Therefore, There is no need for frequent repotting. The roots don’t grow fast which doesn’t create pot bound conditions for a long period of time. You can do repotting in around 2.5 years.
This plant grows well in patio and indoor containers. The pot size of 10″ to 20″ diameter and 10″ deep is enough for this philodendron.
As the Philodendron Deja Vu doesn’t produce flowers, It can be propagated through seeds. The easiest and successful method for the propagation of this plant is Stem Cutting. Following are the steps:-
- Select a healthy stem without any disease or pest history.
- Cut the stem. The cut should be slanting.
- Now, Place the stem in granular soil or you can also keep it in water until the formation of roots. Rooting starts after (10-20) days of Cutting.
- After the root formation, you can transplant the plant anywhere you like.
Disease And Management
There are not many diseases attacking this plant. However, You may face the problem of Leaf Spot disease. It is caused by. Yellowing of the leaves which ultimately turns brown is the symptom of this disease. The only control is to cut the affected part of the plant.
Philodendron Deja Vu vs Xanadu
Many People often confuse Deja Vu and Philodendron Xanadu. However, There exists a difference between these two. Phil Deja Vu is slender than xanadu while Xanadu has thicker leaves with more lobes than Deja vu.
Philodendron Deja Vu is a beautiful but underrated plant which is compatible for growing both Indoors and outdoors. I recommend you to grow this plant at least once, and you will not regret your decision.