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Dragon Tail Philodendron

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  • Decorative Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 3-4 Feet 

Dragon Tail Philodendron is a tropical foliage plant that forms aerial roots as it grows. These roots will readily grab onto supports like a moss pole or piece of wood to create a fabulous vertical shape. The glossy, deep green leaves are smooth and elliptical when young. As the leaves mature, they split into sections and can get quite large in diameter–up to 12 inches long! 

Best Locations For Growing Dragon Tail Philodendron

Any corner of the house that needs decorating is suitable for the Dragon Tail Philodendron. It needs to be trained to grow vertically on a moss pole or some other support, which makes it a good floor plant for smaller areas. All parts of Rhaphidorpha decursiva are toxic and should be kept away from pets and children.

Dragon Tail Philodendron Sunlight Requirements

An east- or west-facing window's filtered indirect light is ideal and will encourage this tropical to grow the quickest. Medium and low light levels are also well tolerated, although growth may slow or stop. If the leaves begin to look thin with less splitting, the light levels are too low. Dragon Tail will appreciate growing on a semi-shaded to full-shade porch or deck during the summer. Make sure to bring the plant back indoors before nighttime temperatures fall to 50 degrees F.

Dragon Tail Philodendron Care

Repot Dragon Tail every 2-3 years in a potting mix containing perlite or vermiculite added for good drainage. Prune the top growth when it gets too tall or if the top growth is too heavy for the pot. Train this Philodendron to climb a moss-covered pole or another trellis while it is still young. The aerial roots will grab on with little support. Cuttings of side shoots can be taken at any time of the year to propagate new plants. The cuttings will grow roots quickly in water and can be potted in just a few months.

Watering Dragon Tail Philodendron

Water this tropical when the top 3-4 inches of soil are dry. Philodendrons, in general, can be pretty drought tolerant when they mature. Dragon Tail is the same and can go for up to 2 weeks without watering in low light levels. Add humidity by misting the leaves every other day with distilled water. Grouping plants together is also a great way to provide a more humid atmosphere.  

Feeding Dragon Tail Philodendron

A liquid seaweed or general houseplant fertilizer will keep the leaves deep green and thriving. Apply a diluted dose once a month in place of regular watering. Use the fertilizer at half the strength of the manufacturer's recommendation.

Dragon Tail Philodendron Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Climbing
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 3-4 feet
Mature Spread: 12-18 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Light-Green to Yellow
Temperature: 64° - 77°F (18° - 25°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Dragon Tail Philodendron
Other Name(s): Dragon Tail
Scientific Name: Rhaphidophora Decursiva
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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