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Philodendron White Wizard is a stunning tropical plant that has galaxy-like foliage. I love the big pops of white variegation and the speckled white leaves. This plant is so easy to take care of and doesn’t require any special care.
Philodendron White Wizard main care directions.
- Water. Give a good drink once the top layer of soil is dry. Check this with a moisture meter or index finger.
- Light. Place in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight. The more sunlight the better (as long as it’s not direct sunlight). This will help with variegation in the leaves.
- Fertilizer. Feed your plant a high quality fertilize in the growing season which is typically March through October.
- Humidity. This plant thrives in a variety of humidity and the most ideal conditions would be getting at least 50%+ humidity.
Here’s what to know so Philodendron White Wizard thrives in your home.
Philodendron White Wizard thrives in bright light settings. An ideal spot for this plant would be near a south, east, or west facing window. North facing windows get very little sunlight so keep that in mind if you decide to put your plant in that area. You may end up losing variegation and notice slower growth if you put your plant in a low light area.
South facing windows get the most sunlight of the day. Keep in mind if you put a plant directly next to a south facing window, you’ll want to create a barrier with a sheer curtain so your plant only gets dappled sunlight and not direct sunlight.
Not sure which window is a south facing window? Use a free compass app on your phone to figure out what directions all of your windows are facing.
This is also a plant you can place under grow lights like T5 Barrina lights. I use these plant grow lights in my home for most of my plants and I love them.
Philodendron White Wizard is a hardy plant that doesn’t need to be on a strict watering schedule like Philodendron Verrucosum. I like to make sure this plant doesn’t completely dry out, so for me I water about one a week.
Whenever the top two inches of soil are dry or the top layer when I put it with my finger, I give it a good drink with a mix of fertilizer, which I’ll talk more about below.
Check your plants soil either by using a moisture meter or sticking your index finger in about two inches deep. If the soil is dry, it’s time to give your plant a thorough watering.
Plants thrive in settings where there’s proper oxygen flow moving around the soil. This is called well-draining potting mix. You can make this kind of potting mix yourself by buying different ingredients and mixing them together or by buying a premade potting mix.
My favorite houseplant soil at big box stores is Fox Farm Ocean Forest houseplant mix. This mix comes premade with a blend of earthworm castings, forest humus, moss, and other high quality ingredients.
If you decide to make a potting mix yourself, an easy recipe is 2 parts coco coir and 1 part perlite. You can make this even chunkier by adding chunky perlite size 4 or with orchid bark.
Philodendron White Wizard live in temperatures between 55°F and 85°F. These plants like to stay on the warmer side.
Fertilizer is key to promoting healthy growth on your plants. Houseplants in our home can’t replenish the nutrients they need which is why fertilizing is so important. Plus, if you want healthy new foliage and large plants, you need to fertilize.
I use and recommend Dyna-Gro which is a high quality fertilizer great for any houseplant. The NPK ratio is 7-9-5. If you’re familiar with chemistry, then you know what these are, but what they do for plants is incredible. N is for nitrogen, which is responsible for new growth on plants. P is for Phosphorous, which is for root growth and flower development. K is Potassium, which is in charge of the overall health of the plant.
Philodendron White Wizard is a tropical houseplant meaning it’s going to benefit from higher humidity. However, I’ve noticed this Philodendron is quite hardy so I bet it could be acclimated to regular household humidity.
Increasing humidity around your plant isn’t hard at all and you’ll likely notice your plants growing healthier and happier when they have that boost of humidity.
Here are my best humidity boosting tips:
- Place your plant near a humidifier that runs daily
- Place your plant on a pebble tray full of water
- Place your plant in a group of other plants which creates a microclimate of humidity
- You may choose to mist your plant but this doesn’t do a whole lot but some people find it enjoyable
Here’s how to propagate Philodendron White Wizard.
- With clean sheers, cut right below a node. Cut a stem that has many leaves on it or just one leaf.
- Submerge the node under water and place in a spot getting some sunlight.
- In a few weeks, the stem cutting will have roots. Once the roots are a few inches long, move your plant to your preferred substrate.
- Philodendron White Wizard grows in all kinds of substrate including well-draining soil, leca, lechuza pon, and even plain water.
As you can see below, I have a chunk of Philodendron White Wizard propagating in a chunky soil mix. This plant is growing foliage already and producing some crazy cool leaves.
Philodendron White Wizard Common Questions
Is Philodendron White Wizard rare?
Philodendron White Wizard is more so a rare houseplant because you won’t find it in a big box store. You probably won’t find it at most plant shops either, but you may get lucky. I found my P. White Wizard on Facebook from a local plant seller.
How much is a Philodendron White Wizard?
Philodendron White Wizard vary in price depending on the size, variegation, and where you buy the plant. I bought a small 2 inch pot of this plant for $15 and it didn’t even have leaves. I think the price has gone down since I bought this plant.
Is Philodendron White Wizard hard to care for?
Philodendron White Wizard is a hardy Philodendron plant. I could probably put this plant in normal household humidity and it would grow fine, however I haven’t tried it yet. I have my plant sitting in a cabinet getting about 50% humidity.
How do you care for Philodendron White Wizard?
Philodendron White Wizard is an easygoing, strong houseplant. Place this plant in a south, east, or west facing window or plant grow lights, water when the top layer is dry, fertilize regularly, and if you can, give it extra humidity by putting it near a humidifier.
Is Philodendron White Wizard a fast grower?
If given great growing conditions, Philodendron White Wizard can be a fast grower. The best growing conditions for this plant would be bright indirect sunlight (south facing window) or plant grow lights, high humidity in the 50%+ range, kept on the warmer side of temperature and never near a drafty area of the house like a window or door.
Can Philodendron White Wizard grow outside?
I would advise against growing Philodendron White Wizard outside unless you live in the most ideal tropical conditions. This plant can’t handle direct sunlight or too hot or cold of weather.
How big do Philodendron White Wizard get?
Philodendron White Wizard get massive. I’ve seen Philodendron Pink Princess in person several feet tall and that plant is quite similar to the White Wizard. Your plant can get this big even in the home.
How do I make my Philodendron White Wizard bigger?
There are a few things you can do to encourage growth on your Philodendron White Wizard.
- Regularly fertilize your plant so it gets the nutrients it needs
- Place your plant in bright indirect sunlight like near a south, west, or east facing window
- Consistently water when the plants soil is almost dry
- Give it high humidity and keep it on the warmer side
Does Philodendron White Wizard climb?
Philodendron White Wizard are climbers which makes this a great plant for support poles and trellis’. The foliage will even start to get larger and it’s a crazy cool looking plant.
How do you propagate Philodendron White Wizard?
Propagating Philodendron White Wizard is simple.
All you need to do is the following:
- Grab clean sheers and cut below a node on the stem of your plan
- Submerge the node under plain water (no need to add fertilizer or anything special to the water)
- In about three weeks you’ll see roots on the cutting
- Once the roots are about three inches long, you can transfer the cutting to your choice of substrate
Is the Philodendron White Wizard toxic to pets?
Yes, this plant is toxic to pets. You can get more information on toxic and pet-friendly plants at ASPCA here.
Philodendrons are known to be some of the hardiest plants out there and many of these plants rarely suffer from pest pressures. I’ve never had any problems with my Philodendrons.
Pests are annoying because they damage foliage and suck the life out of the plant. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of pest preventative. Having pests every now and then is just the way it goes for most houseplant enthusiasts, and that’s why pest preventive is so awesome. It really comes in handy and it’s worth it to use.
To prevent pests, here’s what you can do:
- Use a natural or synthetic pest killer to prevent pests
- Check your plants once a week for pest pressures
- Don’t overwater your plants (overwatering can lead to increase in fungus gnats)
Brown tips: If your Philodendron White Wizard has brown tips, this can be a sign of not enough water or too much water, or maybe too much sunlight or not even sunlight. I know, not a lot of help but it narrows it down some because you can figure out how much you’re watering your plant or how much light it’s getting.
Curly leaves: If your Philodendron White Wizard has curly leaves, this may mean your plant is thirsty or in need of some extra humidity. If this happens, make sure your plant is getting enough humidity by placing it near a humidifier. Never put this plant near a drafty area like a window, vent, or door.
Yellowing leaves: If your Philodendron White Wizard has yellowing leaves, this may be a sign of root rot and that you’re watering too much. You can gently remove the plant from the soil and check for root rot. Root rot looks like mushy, smelly roots that mush between your fingers just by gently squeezing them. Cut off the rotted roots, let the plant air out for a couple of hours, and put the plant in brand new houseplant soil mix. Make sure to only water this plant when the top two inches of soil are dry.
Key Points To Remember
Philodendron White Wizard is a stunning houseplant that is great for people new or experienced with houseplants. I love growing this plant because you never know what the next leave will look like and what kind of variegation you’ll get.
Main care tips to remember:
- Place in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight (south, east, west facing windows) or under plant grow lights
- Fertilize during the active growing season which is typically between March through October
- Give extra humidity by placing a humidifier nearby or in a plant cabinet
This plant is really easy and there’s not too much to think about when taking care of this plant. Just enjoy the beauty of it!
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