I have had a philodendron for 15 years. Every 2 years or so we prune it and it looks great. Now he has made flowers (I didn't know he did) He has always been in the apartment. I would like to know how often the flowers last and how long they last. I tried to search the internet but the only answer I have found is that they rarely bloom at home. Can you give me any clarifications on this? I would be grateful to you. I think it is of the monstera type, it has large leaves and is quite tall if left to grow. If you think it appropriate, I can send you photos. Thanks in advance and best regards: Rosalba
Philodendrons are plants of tropical origin, there are about 900 species, some shrubby, others lianose, which in the apartment need a tutor to develop; the genus monstera deliciosa has large engraved leaves, dark green, shiny and leathery, there are philodendrons with leaves of various shapes, many varieties, the ones most easily found in the nursery, have a pointed heart shape. Although they are plants with exotic origins, they belong to the same family of calla lilies, the araceae, and their inflorescence clearly demonstrates this, being formed by a cylindrical spatice, which bears the flowers, white in color, wrapped in a white or white spathe rosy. Philodendron flowers often do not have the thin stem that those of calla lilies show, and therefore bloom at the base of the stems of the plant. In nature these plants bloom every year, and also ripen fruits, which in some species are edible; edible species, however, also contain potassium oxalate, which can give rise to skin and mucous membrane irritations, and therefore must be treated in a particular way before being consumed. In particular, the name of the monstera deliciosa derives from the fruit: the adjective deliciosa = delicious is to be attributed to the flavor of the fruit, widely consumed in the places of origin. Unfortunately in the apartment it is not easy to see a flowering philodendron, it happens that they bloom sporadically, or that they do not bloom at all, even for decades; this happens because, although these plants have adapted to living in an apartment, in reality the climate present in the house is not exactly the ideal one. In fact, in the tropical climate zones, the temperatures can be quite similar to those commonly found in the apartment, it is not so for the climate, that in the house it is definitely too dry, both in summer and in winter. In fact, domestic heating tends to dry out much of the humidity present in the house, and the same does the sun (and also the air conditioners) during the summer. So you can consider yourself very lucky to have been able to see your blooming philodendron, as well as being able to be sure of having a green thumb: the flower is a clear manifestation of the fact that your plant is very well at home and that you are cultivating it in a perfect. Probably, if the treatments that you lavish are continuous, the next few years could give you other inflorescences.