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Philodendron Prince of Orange Plant Care Guide

The Philodendron Prince of Orange plant is an attractive, easy to care for plant that is loved for its bright foliage. 

Its name comes from the orange hue of its leaves. New growth on the Philodendron Prince of Orange is bright orange in color and changes from copper to green as the leaf ages, creating an array of colorful foliage on the plant. 

Philodendron Prince of Orange is a popular indoor houseplant due to its simple care requirements, compactness, and bright colors. In fact, they were cultivated with the idea that they would be primarily indoor plants. 

But, in certain climates, they can be grown outdoors, as well. The USDA Hardiness Zone recommends that this plant be grown in zones 10-11 (i.e., warmer climates, with higher humidity.)  

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Botanical NamePhilodendron
Common NamePrince of Orange
Size2 feet tall
DifficultyEasy
Pet FriendlyToxic to pets
Air CleanerYes

Philodendron Prince of Orange Origin

Philodendron Prince of Orange is a manmade hybrid of Philodendrons from Central and South America and, as such, comes from a long line of Philodendrons from the aroid family. 

Philodendrons are found growing along rainforest floors in the wild,  beneath a shaded canopy of trees. However, unlike many in this family, Philodendron Prince of Orange plants are not climbers. Instead, they grow upright. 

Since they are self-heading plants, all new growth comes directly from the center of the plant. As the plant ages, expect the plant’s outer leaves, the more mature leaves, to fall off. 

This plant was explicitly cultivated to be tough, which can be observed when examining its thick, leathery leaves and sturdy stems. 

How to Care for Philodendron Prince of Orange

Philodendron Prince of Orange is a hardy, simple to care for plant, but there are a few common mistakes that can negatively impact your plant. In general, these are all easy mistakes to fix.

Keep reading to learn how best to care for your plant and keep it growing well for years to come! 

Light

Like many tropical plants, the Philodendron Prince of Orange enjoys bright, indirect sunlight that mirrors the sunlight that its relatives would receive in the wild. 

It can tolerate lower light, but the color of its leaves will dim, and its growth will slow down. It will be happiest, and its foliage will be brightest if you can give it the light it wants. 

This plant has a tendency to lean towards the light it receives, so try to rotate it every couple of weeks to ensure that the growth is straight. 

Be mindful, too, that the amount of light in a particular room will change throughout the year. A spot with plenty of sunlight in the summer may have much less light in the winter. 

Keep an eye on your plant to ensure it is getting the light it needs, and do not be afraid to move it if you think it should be getting more sunlight. 

Fluorescent lights are effective in generating the light that this plant likes, as well, which makes it an ideal office plant! 

If your plant is getting too much sunlight, the color will start to fade on existing leaves as well as new growth. 

Temperature

Ambient home temperatures are suitable for this plant (typically between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit). 

If you keep your plant outdoors, cover it or move it if the temperatures drop below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Water

Watering habits are often the most common mistake plant owners make when caring for their Philodendron Prince of Orange. 

Philodendrons as a whole prefer slightly moist soil. 

Moist soil is the goal – not wet soil. You do not want to overwater your plant and have it sit in soggy soil. This will cause root rot and can potentially kill your plant. 

You likely will not need to water your plant more than once a week. 

Before watering, always test the top 1-2 inches of the soil with your finger. If the soil is still damp, do not water it. Wait until the top couple of inches of the soil is dry. 

If your plant is beginning to turn yellow, this means that you are overwatering it. 

If the plant’s leaves are yellow with brown, crispy tips, this means that you are underwatering your plant. Adjust your watering habits accordingly. 

It is best to use warm water on this plant, which mirrors the water of its tropical habitat. Cold water can shock it.

Humidity is also important, considering this plant’s tropical origin. If you live somewhere with a dry climate, consider boosting the humidity around your plant using a humidifier. 

You can also create a pebble tray upon which you can place your plant. 

Do this by taking a small tray and filling it with pebbles. Fill it with enough water so that it is halfway up the pebbles. You want the top layer of pebbles to be completely dry. 

Place your plant on the pebbles and, as the water in the tray evaporates, it will create humidity around your plant. 

Humidity levels should stay around 50% or higher. Consider purchasing a humidity gauge to help you confirm your home’s humidity levels. This will likely help you care for many houseplants – not just the Philodendron Prince of Orange! 

If the tips of your plant’s leaves are turning brown, that may also be a good sign that it is not getting enough humidity. 

Fertilization

Like most house plants, the Philodendron Prince of Orange only requires fertilization in the spring through the fall. 

Fertilize your plant once a month with a balanced, organic houseplant fertilizer. Dilute it per the instructions of the brand of fertilizer you are using. 

Do not fertilize your plant as much during the winter months. Instead, fertilize it every two months. Growth will be slower, and the plant will not need it. 

Flowering

Philodendron Prince of Orange is praised primarily for its bright orange foliage; however, they can produce flowers as well, albeit more rarely. 

These small, white flowers can present themselves in the spring. They are more commonly seen in outdoor plants, although they have been known to grow in indoor plants, as well, when they receive proper lighting. 

Overall, it is rare to see these flowers develop. The main appeal of Philodendron Prince of Orange is its foliage – not its flowers. 

Pruning

The Philodendron Prince of Orange plant will not require regular pruning, although cosmetic pruning can always be done to remove dead or dying leaves.

Always be sure to clean your pruning shears with alcohol and water before pruning your plant to avoid the spread of disease.

Repotting

It is suggested that you repot your plant every 12-18 months if it is a smaller plant.

Typically, you will want to choose a planter that is about 1-2 inches larger than your plant’s current pot to allow for future growth. Too much larger and you could shock the plant and risk drowning the roots. 

If you prefer to keep your plant the size it is, you certainly can do that too. Still, be sure to repot it as recommended to freshen the soil with nutrients, but, in this case, trim the roots and root ball before putting it back in its old pot to keep it the same size. 

It is best to repot your plant in the spring or the summer when it is at its strongest. 

For larger plants, you can wait 18-24 months before repotting. In this case, choose a new pot 2-4 inches larger in diameter. 

Well-draining, peat-moss-based soil is ideal for Philodendron Prince of Orange. 

African Violet potting mix works very well, but if you cannot find African Violet potting mix, aim to find something that is airy and well-draining. 

Supplement any soil that you choose to help encourage proper drainage, using peat moss, coconut husk, compost, etc. 

The sap of the Philodendron Prince of Orange plant has been known to irritate skin when it comes in contact with it. You might consider wearing gloves when handling the plant to protect against discomfort. 

Pests & Diseases

This plant was explicitly cultivated to be resilient. In fact, the original patent stated, “the plant performs best under normal in-house conditions with minimum care… and is resistant to bacterial leaf rot and fungal leaf spot.”

As the original patent directly alludes to, this plant is resistant to many diseases. Its hardiness makes it resilient to pests as well.  

You might regularly consider dusting your plant’s leaves to keep them shiny and bright. This also helps them absorb sunlight and is a great opportunity to check your plant for pests. 

If you get pests on your Philodendron Prince of Orange, they will likely be aphids or mealybugs. (Although, aphids are more likely to affect a plant that is kept outdoors.) 

If you notice that your plant’s leaves have yellow specks, this could be a sign of aphids. Aphids suck the sap out of plants, mainly focusing on new growth. 

You’ll notice mealybugs from the cottony wax that presents itself on the underside of your plant’s leaves. 

Insecticidal soap is the best way to get rid of either of these nuisances. Or a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. 

Spray your plant with neem oil to help prevent future infestations. 

How to Propagate Philodendron Prince of Orange

Propagating Philodendron Prince of Orange is fairly simple and can be done in a variety of ways. 

Propagation through cuttings is probably the most common method. 

When getting ready to propagate your plant, it is best to wait until the spring or summer – your plant’s growing season. This is when the plant is at its strongest. 

  • First, cut a stem of your plant directly below a leaf node.
  • Take the cutting and plant it directly in moist soil. 
  • Place it in a room that has warm, indirect sunlight.
  • Mist your new plant every few days to keep it moist.
  • Your plant’s new roots will develop in 3-4 weeks. 

Philodendron Prince of Orange responds to water propagation as well. To try this method, simply follow the same steps for cutting a stem, place your cutting in water, and transfer it to soil once the roots develop and are a couple of inches long. 

While the plant is in water, be sure to give it fresh water every couple of days. 

You can also keep the plant in the water to grow, as well, if you are interested in a unique way to grow your plant. They grow well in water, especially when they have been propagated that way. 

Seed propagation is possible, too, but can take much longer than the other two methods. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Philodendron Prince of Orange rare?

The Philodendron Prince of Orange plant is not considered rare. It is an easily accessible hybrid that you can purchase at nurseries and through many online sellers. 

How big does a Philodendron Prince of Orange grow?

The philodendron Prince of Orange will grow to be about two feet tall and wide if proper living conditions are provided. They can grow larger when planted outdoors. 

Is Philodendron Prince of Orange a climber?

Unlike others in the philodendron family, this plant is unique because it does not climb. Instead, it is self-heading, meaning that all growth comes directly from the center of the plant.

The plant grows upright. 

Is Philodendron Prince of Orange toxic to pets?

Yes, the Philodendron Prince of Orange is toxic to pets. The plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which are harmful to both humans and pets. 

All parts of the plant are considered toxic, and the sap that it produces can also cause irritation when in contact with skin. 

Keep your plant out of reach of pets and small children. 

Final Thoughts

The Philodendron Prince of Orange is highly attractive, low maintenance, and very hardy. It will make a great addition to any plant collection, whether you are a new plant owner or a more experienced plant owner.

Be sure to read the above tips to ensure you are caring for your plant well. If you follow these, you should have no trouble keeping your plant healthy and growing strong. 

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