How to Grow and Care for Philodendron 'Summer Glory' Indoors


Philodendron 'Summer Glory'

Botanical name: Philodendron 'Summer Glory'
Family: Araceae
Common name: Summer Glory Philodendron

Description

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is a hybrid plant with an upright, clumping growth and large, deeply-veined leaves which start off reddish-bronze and turn deep green as they mature.

The young leaves are surrounded by red catapylls. Venation in young leaves is purplish-pink but fades with age. The deep-green mature leaves have a red leaf margin.

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is a non-climbing upright bush which looks magnificent in a pot. Use a moss stick to give it support and to grow the large beautiful leaves.

Origin

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is a patented hybrid by LariAnn of Aroidia Research between an unnamed Bob McColley Philodendron (female plant) and Philodendron gloriosum (male plant).

It is a rare Philodendron developed in 2016 and reproduced in 2020 through tissue culture.

Where to buy

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is readily available online in various sizes at Etsy. Buy Philodendron 'Summer Glory' online from Etsy.

Philodendron 'Summer Glory'

Photo Credit: Plantly

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' Care Indoors

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' thrives in bright indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, ferile well-drained soils coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' requires regular pruning to keep the plant neat, to encourage a compact, bushy growth and to rejuvenate growth. Repotting for young plant is needed when it becomes pot-bound and the soil should be replenished annually for the large plants. Keep reading for more on these growing conditions and how to achieve them.

Light Requirements

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' grows best in bright indirect light away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light where natural light is inadequate.

Do not expose Philodendron 'Summer Glory' to direct sunlight to avoid scorching the leaves. Ensure that it receives adequate light as insufficient light will result in leggy growth, small-sized pale leaves and loss of leaf coloration.

For uniform growth, turn the pot regularly to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides.

Watering

Water Philodendron 'Summer Glory' liberally during the growing season while allowing the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce the amount and frequency of watering during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Use water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.

To avoid soggy soil, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole. Soggy soil can lead to root-rot disease and eventual loss of the plant.


Temperature

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' thrives in average warmth within the range of 18-260C. Temperatures outside this range may harm the plant.

Keep the plant away from cold and hot drafts to prevent extreme temperatures. Very high temperatures may cause yellowing and leaf drop while too low temperatures can result in reduced growth or even death of the plant.

Humidity

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' requires a humid environment inorder to thrive. Low humidity for prolonged periods can result in curled leaves and brown leaf tips and edges.

To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier.

Regularly clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and to discourage pest infestation.

Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Philodendron 'Summer Glory' every 4 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Do not feed during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Feeding at this time can cause fertilizer burn and eventual death of the plant.

Repotting

Repot Philodendron 'Summer Glory' at the beginning of the growing season when the plant becomes root-bound. Use a pot that is 2 sizes larger and loose, free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the plant.

Replenish the top 2-3 in. of soil of large plants at the beginning of the growing season or as necessary. Take care not to injure the roots to avoid fungal infestations.

The large plants can also be divided at repotting to propagate new plants if you need to increase your collection or share with friends and family.

Pruning

Pruning Philodendron 'Summer Glory' involves removal of yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

Cut back the stems of a straggly plant to the soil level at the beginning of the growing season to rejuvenate growth.

Propagation

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' propagation can be done during the growing season by plant divison.

How to propagate Philodendron 'Summer Glory' by plant division

Water the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' thoroughly at least 1 day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment. A well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.

Carefully divide a large Philodendron 'Summer Glory' into sections while ensuring each section has enough roots.

Pot these sections into individual pots in moist, loose, free-draining soil.

Place the set up in a warm, brightly-lit place and maintain the soil moist until the new Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is well established after which you can begin routine care.

Philodendron 'Summer Glory'

Photo Credit: Hirt's Garden

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' Problems Indoors

The main problems in Philodendron 'Summer Glory' are loss of leaf color, yellow leaves, drooping leaves, brown leaf tips and edges, rotting, pests and diseases among others. Continue reading for more on these problems and how to fix them.

Loss of leaf color

Too little light is the cause of loss of leaf color in Philodendron 'Summer Glory'. The plant requires bright, indirect light to develop the beautiful leaf color. If light is inadequate the leaves turn all-green.

Move the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' to a brighter spot where it can receive bright indirect light or instal a grow light where the natural light is inadequate.

Yellow leaves

If many leaves are affected and there are signs of wilting and rotting, overwatering is the cause of yellow leaves in Philodendron 'Summer Glory'.

Take care not to overwater. Water the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' liberally during the growing season while allowing the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce the amount and frequency of watering during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist.

To avoid soggy soil, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining (drains easily).

If there is no wilting and rotting, underfeeding is the cause of yellow leaves in Philodendron 'Summer Glory'.

Feed the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' every 4 weeks during the growing season with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer but do not feed during the cold season to avoid fertilizer burn.

If only lower leaves are affected and have dark spots and new leaves are dark and small, then underwatering is the cause of yellow leaves.

To fix the problem, water the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' liberally during the growing season while allowing the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering during the cold season but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

If leaves are pale colored and have straw-colored patches the cause of yellow leaves is exposure to direct sunlight. Protect or keep the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' away from direct sunlight as it cannot withstand direct sunlight.

Drooping leaves

Drooping leaves in Philodendron 'Summer Glory' are due to three possible reasons. One possible cause of drooping leaves is incorrect watering; either underwatering or overwatering.

Check the condition of the soil by inserting 2-3 in. of your forefinger in the soil and feel the soil between your fingers.

If the soil feels dry, water the plant immediately and it should recover. If the soil feels wet, withhold watering until the top 2-3 in. of soil feel dry.

To prevent this problem in the future, water the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' liberally during the growing season while allowing the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering during the cold season but never allow the soil to dry out completely. Also, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is well-drained.

The second possible cause of drooping leaves in Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is too high temperatures due to hot drafts.

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' grows best in average warmth within the range of 18-260C. Protect it from hot draughts like hot air vents, heat source and others.

The third possible cause of drooping leaves in Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is pests infestations. Weak plants are susceptible to various pests as listed below.

These sap sucking pests will cause the leaves to loose their stiffness and begin to droop. Regularly inspect the plant for any infestation and treat it appropriately.

Pests

The common pests in Philodendron 'Summer Glory' are Mealybugs, Scales and Aphids. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it with Neem oil or Insecticidal soap.

Brown leaf tips and edges

There are two possible causes of brown leaf tips and edges in Philodendron 'Summer Glory'. One possible cause of brown leaf tips and edges is dry air (low air humidity).

To fix this problem, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity for the plant.

The second possible cause of brown leaf tips and edges in Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is that the plant is pot-bound.

Repot the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' into a pot 2 sizes larger. Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of the plant.

Leggy growth and small pale leaves

Too little light is the cause of leggy growth and small pale leaves as Philodendron 'Summer Glory' will not thrive in shade.

Move the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' to a more brighter spot where it will receive bright indirect light or instal a grow light where natural light is inadequate.

Diseases

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' is prone to Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot Disease which are promoted by overwet conditions coupled with poor air circulation.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the rest of the houseplants and spray it with a fungicidal solution. Ensure to cover the entire plant; the leaves and the stems.

To prevent future infestation, avoid wetting the foliage and water from the bottom instead. Also ensure that there is good air circulation for the plant.

Is Philodendron 'Summer Glory' toxic?

Philodendron 'Summer Glory' like other Philodendrons is toxic to both humans and pets as indicated by National Capital Poison Center. The plants contain Calcium oxalate crystals.

If ingested, it can cause burning and swelling in the mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pains. Therefore, keep the Philodendron 'Summer Glory' away from the reach of children and pets.

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