Strawberry Shake Philodendron Care
Strawberry Shake Philodendron Soil
The soil of a Strawberry Shake Philodendron will prefer to be grown in an airy, chunky and well-draining mix. A quality commercial potting soil with additions of perlite and orchid bark will be perfect for this plant. Ensure that your plant container has ample drainage holes.
Strawberry Shake Philodendron Fertilizer
The Strawberry Shake Philodendron will benefit from a once-monthly feeding during the warm growing season of spring and summer from a balanced, liquid fertilizer. Ensure that you follow all label instructions and do not overfeed. Feeding can be halted during the fall and winter.
Strawberry Shake Philodendron Watering
Depending on growing conditions, you will likely need to water your plant around once a week. You should allow the top 2-3″ of soil to dry out before watering again. If you overwater, the foliage of this Philodendron will begin to turn yellow and droop. Ensure that you do not allow your Philodendron to sit in standing water within the plant container’s drainage tray. Tilt your pot after watering to ensure it's fully drained.
Why is the strawberry shake philodendron rare?
This variegated philodendron is relatively slow-growing and can also be somewhat difficult to care for. It is a naturally occurring hybrid from Ecuador that rarely flowers when grown indoors, so it is mainly manually propagated, which can also take time and is susceptible to error. Plants that are imported from South America also have to take time to acclimatize which can sometimes be unsuccessful. For these reasons, coupled with the high demand, the strawberry shake is rare and difficult to find.
Strawberry Shake Philodendron facts:
The more light a strawberry shake philodendron receives, the more pink its variegation will be. However, ensure that you keep the plant in bright, indirect light and never expose it to direct sun.
Is Philodendron red emerald variegated vs strawberry shake?
Philodendron 'Strawberry Shake' is the variegated form of the popular variety 'Red Emerald'. The color on the stems is usually dark red while the leaf coloration is usually green with a beautiful palette of variegation ranging from bright white to cream to pink to deep red.
Most nurseries and garden centers probably won’t carry this rare philodendron. Instead, look online and with local plant collectors and sellers (such as Plant Vault). It’s also worth checking with your local specialty plant stores, who may be able to import one for you. If you're looking for a strawberry shake philodendron, Plant Vault has the perfect one for you!
- Provide Adequate Light. Light is an essential factor that affects the variegation of Philodendron Strawberry Shake.
- Proper Watering. Overwatering or underwatering can cause stress to the plant, which can result in the loss of variegation.
- Fertilize Regularly.