Philodendrons

How to Care for a Philodendron Mican

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The Philodendron Mican is native to the regions of Mexico and the Caribbeans. This variety of Philodendron is known for its gorgeous, velvety, heart-shaped leaves, and trailing growth. Given the right conditions, your Philodendron Mican will thrive and can be classified as a low-maintenance houseplant.

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The Philodendron Mican, like most houseplants, appreciates bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and regular watering. Micans have been known to flower in the wild, but it can be extremely rare for them to flower indoors. So let’s jump in on how to care for the Philodendron Mican.

Medium to Bright Light

The Philodendron Mican enjoys medium to bright indirect light. Direct sunlight is best avoided as it can scorch the delicate leaves and cause discoloration.

Different exposure to light will cause differences in your Philodendron Micans leaves. Neither is harmful as long as the light is adequate. Increased light will provide more of a red hue to the Micans leaves, while decreased light will create deeper green leaves.

Consistent Watering

The Philodendron Mican enjoys having its top 2-3 inches of soil dry out before being watered again. The best way to tell if your Mican is thirsty is by gently pushing your finger into the soil. If your finger comes out clean, your plant could use a drink. If your finger emerges with soil on it, your plant can wait a little longer to be watered.

Another easy way to tell if the Philodendron Mican needs to be watered is by looking at its leaves. A thirsty Mican will curl its leaves slightly inward and look droopy.

As with most plants, the Mican is sensitive to overwatering. It is best to be slightly underwatered than over when it comes to keeping the Mican happy. Watering schedules will vary from plant to plant, so give your Mican some time to let you know when its ready to be watered.

Well-Draining Soil

Your Philodendron Mican will appreciate well-draining soil. You can use standard indoor potting mix for your Mican, but it will thrive in soil that is customized to its needs. For Micans, consider mixing 1 part potting soil, 1 part perlite, 1 part meat moss or coco coir, and 1 part orchard bark.

I personally use a soil that is 1 part cactus potting mix, 1 part potting soil, and 1 part perlite and my plants really enjoy this mixture.

65-85 Fahrenheit + Added Humidity

The Philodendron Mican is native to tropical regions and in the wild, thrives in humid and warm environments. If kept indoors, temps should remain between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit. When it comes to humidity, you generally do not need to add more humidity. Though a humidifier near your plants can do wonders in helping them to thrive. I recommend this humidifier from Amazon to help keep humidity levels consistent.

Balanced Fertilizer

If you are using soil that is rich in organic matter, your Philodendron Mican will not require much fertilization. If you are using a more standard potting mix, adding small amounts of fertilizer during the growing season will do wonders for your Mican. I recommend this liquid fertilizer from Fox Farms.

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Does it need to be pruned?

Should your Philodendron Mican become leggy or grow too overwhelming, be sure to prune your plant. Pruning can also prevent leggy growth. Be sure to use a pair of sterilized shears or scissors to prune the stems. If any trimmings are long and can be saved, consider propagating them.

Propagation

  • Once you have sterilized your shears or scissors (wiping the blade down with rubbing alcohol will work just fine) take stem cuttings. Ensure that each cutting has 4-5 leaves/nodes on them. A node is necessary for propagation as it is where new roots will begin to grow.
  • Remove 1-2 leaves closest to the node on the bottom of the stem.
  • Place the cuttings in room temp water, making sure just the stem is in the water. If any leaves are submerged in the water, remove them as well.
  • Roots will begin to develop in a few weeks and once the roots are at least an inch in length, your baby Mican can be planted in soil.
  • Be sure to lightly wet the soil and then cover the roots completely. In the first couple of weeks be sure to keep the soil consistently moist, then slowly reduce the amount of watering until you are on a normal watering schedule.

Aphids, Thrips, Fungus Gnats, Oh My

Like most houseplants, the Philodendron Mican is susceptible to many common pests including scale, aphids, fungus gnats, and mealybugs. Be sure to check your plant regularly to ensure you catch and rid of any pests early.

Pet Safe?

According to the ASPCA, the Philodendron Mican is not pet-safe. If ingested it can cause irritation, pain, and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips. It can also cause excessive drooling and vomiting.

Overall

The Philodendron Mican is a gorgeous and easy-to-maintain houseplant, given it has adequate conditions to thrive. Looking for care guides for other Philodendrons? Check out my care guide for Philodendron Brazil here.