Philodendron White Wizard: #1 Plant Care Guide

Among the most sought after and scarcest of the multi-colored, evergreen Philodendron is the White Wizard; owning a White Wizard is a mere privilege due to its scarcity. However, despite their uncommonness, they are pretty easy to grow- they do take their time, however- vastly contributing to why they’re so hard to get a hold on.

Philodendron White Wizard is easy to care for, with sizeable variegated foliage. It thrives in medium to bright, indirect light and temperatures of 55 to 85°F. Be sure to water the Philo as soon as the first inch of soil dries out and fertilize the Philo once a month during the growing season.

Like most Philodendrons, the White Wizard variant is straightforward to grow and care for, making it perfect for beginners despite the patience required to develop into a sizable plant. Be that as it may, let’s start.

Characteristics Of Philodendron White Wizard

‘White Wizard’ is a rare variegated tropical plant with extremely bright, pure white variegations on its leaves and often on its stems.

Philodendron White Wizard is an exotic yet classical-looking vining plant with gorgeous heart-shaped leaves that are rich, dark-green with fortuitous blotches of bright white. Apart from the “hit-or-miss” white spots on its leaves, the stems of this particular Philodendron are equally beautiful, exhibiting a blend of colors of green and white.

The ‘White Wizard’ and ‘White Knight’ Philodendron are often topics of conversation or debate due to their strikingly similar appearance. However, the best way to distinguish between these beauties is to take a look at their stems. In addition, the White Knight variant displays a different purplish-green hue, unlike the White Wizard Philo.

Lastly, Philodendron White Wizard is suitable a plant for every homesteader, including novice owners. Consider adding White Wizard to spruce up your home and garden with a tropical flair.

Philodendron White Wizard

How To Care For Philodendron White Wizard

When caring for the White Wizard Philo plant, always aim to mimic its natural tropical environment as best possible.

Although easy to care for, the White Wizard Philo requires some care and maintenance to keep it thriving optimally.

Temperature Requirements For Philodendron White Wizard

Ideally, the White Wizard Philo thrives in a moderate climate with temperatures between 55 to 85°F. However, it should not be exposed to below 55°F as it is intolerant to cold and freezing temperatures.

Therefore, ensure that you protect the White Wizard Philo during chilly autumns and winters by providing a warm, moist spot near a sunny window.

On the contrary, consider placing the White Wizard Philo in a shady spot during warm summer weather. In addition, beware of direct sunlight as it can scorch their delicate, fine leaves.

Also Check: Philodendron White Knight: Detailed Care Tips

Humidity Requirements For Philodendron White Wizard

Average humidity levels of your home are generally enough for the White Wizard Philo to survive. However, they are native to tropical rainforests and prefer high humidity.

So, to ensure that the White Wizard Philo has an optimal climate to thrive in, consider investing in a humidifier, misting its foliage, or using the pebble-tray method. First, however, be sure that the Philo’s roots aren’t hanging in water as it can lead to root rot.

Light Requirements For Philodendron White Wizard

The White Wizard Philodendron naturally grows in areas with dappled sunlight under a canopy of tropical leaves. Therefore, ensure that you place it in medium to bright, indirect light.

Philo’s have delicate foliage (especially the white leaflets) that cannot withstand direct exposure to sunlight. On the contrary, the White Wizard Philo loses its beautiful vibrant, variegated color if it sits in low-light spots for too long periods.

Indoor settings next to a window with bright, indirect light is perfect for the White Wizard Philodendron!

Tip: Yellowing leaves indicate that the plant is receiving too much light, and on the other hand, long leggy stems suggest that the plant isn’t receiving enough light.

Soil Requirements For Philodendron White Wizard

The ideal soil conditions for White Wizard Philodendron are well-draining potting mixtures rich in organic matter.

It’s advisable to add a mixture of perlite and orchid bark to the soil for optimal conditions. In addition, it’s recommendable to replace the potting mix every few years as the White Wizard Philo is sensitive to salts that accumulate via watering.

Watering Guide For Philodendron White Wizard

The majority of Philodendrons, including the White Wizard Philo, love to consistently moist and well-drained soil. So, water the soil moderately and be sure to re-water the plant as soon as the upper layer of soil loses its moisture.

Both overwatering and underwatering cause the White Wizard Philo’s leaves to droop. White Wizard Philodendrons do not tolerate soggy soil. Waterlogged soil tends to lead to root rot, and underwatering the Philo will cause the leaves to turn yellow and wither, eventually falling off.

The White Wizard Philo varieties tend to be a little less drought tolerant than their non-climbing cousins.

Lastly, the watering schedule frequency will solely depend on the White Wizard Philo’s exposure to temperature, humidity, and light. However, it generally needs watering one to three times weekly during its growing season.

Fertilizer Requirements For Philodendron White Wizard

NPK fertilizer

Slow-growing White Wizard Philo’s appreciate an additional boost from a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer; however, consider using a slow-releasing granular fertilizer if your Philo is outside.

Fertilize your Philo every four weeks during the spring and summer. Be sure to reduce fertilizing to every six to eight weeks during the fall and winter.

Stunted growth and more petite, pale foliage will indicate that the plant needs more fertilizer. Whereas yellow and burnt leaves can show that you are too generous with your fertilizer quantity or schedule.

Pruning Guide For Philodendron White Wizard

The White Wizard Philodendron rarely, if ever, needs pruning- it tends to be a reasonably robust and healthy Philo variety.

So, if your White Wizard Philodendron seems too lengthy or leggy for your liking, or if it’s reverting (losing its white variegation), cut the stems back using sterilized pruning shears or scissors. The best time to prune the Philo is in the spring or summer. 

In addition, you can safely give your Philo a light trim throughout the year to remove yellowing or dead leaves and trim spindly growth. Note that it’s best to cut right above a leaf node and prevent cutting large branches off the plant as it leads to plant stress.

Potting And Repotting Philodendron White Wizard

As soon as you see the plant’s roots poking out through the pot’s drainage holes, repot the White Wizard Philodendron in a slightly larger container than its roots and ensure that the new vessel has ample drainage.

In addition, you can grow White Wizard Philo’s in pots, containers, or hanging baskets. These creepers will need a suitable pole (sphagnum moss pole) or trellis for climbing. However, they don’t require support in hanging baskets as the foliage will gracefully cascade down the basket by itself.

How To Propagate Philodendron White Wizard?

Propagating Philodendron White Wizard

First, note that the ideal time to propagate Philodendron White Wizard is from mid-spring to mid-summer. So then, the best ways to propagate these Philo’s are through stem-cuttings and water propagation.

Let’s briefly look into both.

Propagation Through Stem-Cutting

Take a sterilized, sharp knife or pruning shear and cute several stem-cuttings, each ranging between 5 to 8 inches long. Then, remove the leaves from the lower part of the cutting while keeping one or two on the upper end.

Plant the stem-cuttings in moist, well-draining potting soil, similar to the mother plant, and ensure you keep the aerial roots under the potting mix. Then, place the pot in a warm spot with indirect light.

Regularly mist the soil with water until you notice root development; it generally takes about six weeks for the baby shoots to grow.

Water Propagation

Start by cutting 5 to 8 inches of the stem with sterilized pruning shears or scissors.

Then place the cuttings in a water container to encourage root development. You can consider introducing a rooting hormone to increase the success with rooting, but it’s generally not necessary.

Occasionally add more water as it evaporates; however, completely change the water after two to three weeks to prevent algae and bacterial growth.

Pot the cuttings in moist potting soil once the White Wizard Philo’s stem cuttings’ roots develop.

Tip: If you are using unfiltered tap water, leave it out and uncovered for 48 hours before putting the cuttings into the water, giving it ample time for the excess chlorine to evaporate.

Read more: Philodendron Verrucosum – Detailed Care Guide

Propagation Through Division

Philodendron White Wizard is prone to developing plantlets that can carefully be removed from the mother plant with its roots intact that you can divide and transplant as soon as they grow several inches long.

Water your White Wizard Philo well the day before dividing the plant; dividing is a stressful and traumatic experience for the plant.

To divide the plant, remove it from its current container and place it on a flat surface. Then, gently use your fingers to loosen the root ball and pull off the plantlet with its intact roots. Consider using a knife to cut through dense roots if necessary.

Lastly, immediately replant the divided plantlet into a fresh, moist potting mix similar to the mother plant.

Pests And Diseases In Philodendron White Wizard

Fortunately, the Philodendron White Wizard generally doesn’t have any serious issues with pests or diseases. However, like all common house plants, they can be susceptible to common problems, including mealybugs, aphids, scale, thrips, and spider mites.

Treat and remove these pests using a natural insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.

Conclusion

Caring for the Philodendron White Wizard takes minimum time and effort; the reward will be worth it!

Always try to mimic an environment similar to their native regions; if you are diligent in doing this, I can assure you you’ll have a magnificent, long-lasting plant sure to turn heads!

Resources:

https://www.thespruce.com/getting-rid-houseplant-pests-4175044

https://www.thespruce.com/grow-philodendron-houseplants-1902768

https://garden.org/thread/view/116467/Aroid-of-the-Day-Philodendron-xWhite-Wizard/