The gigantic climber and beautifully fringed Rhaphidophora decursiva is a tropical epiphyte native to the Himalayan forests. It is well-known for its deeply-lobed obovate leaves that resemble the fronds of a fern. Amazing, isn’t it? Its leaves are in shades of bluish-green at their juvenile stage. These striking leaves turn dark-green upon maturing. This gorgeous aroid is a perfect choice to give indoors, a tropical look. You can also grow it in hanging baskets, on the patio, or in a home garden. Let’s get into its features and care.
Selecting the correct location for your plant will ensure a faster Rhaphidophora Decursiva growth rate. These plants will grow slower in too bright or too dark conditions. You’ll have the most growth placing these plants in a south-facing window. Rhaphidophora Decursiva plants will grow slower in low-light conditions and won’t produce as large leaves.
Improve growth by using artificial lighting in the spring. You can use LED grow lights to help Rhaphidophora Decursiva get a head start on spring growth. Adding extra light will encourage the plant to grow larger leaves.
– Water Requirements
Correctly watering Rhaphidophora Decursiva lets it multiply. It must develop deep-running roots. You can encourage deep rooting by correctly watering your plant—water when the top two inches of soil are dry. You should add water slowly until the water runs from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.
Warmer conditions require more frequent watering, but most of the time, when grown inside, you will be watering Rhaphidophora Decursiva once per week in the summer and infrequently in the fall and winter.
– Humidity Requirements
These plants will grow best when they have plenty of humidity. You can lightly mist the leaves every few days to improve humidity. The best way to get the right humidity level is to place the pot on an evaporative tray of small pebbles and water. Don’t let the pot sit in water.