Why Is My Micans Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Philodendron Hederaceum Plant

The philodendron micans plants is a gorgeous, sprawling, ivy-like plant that will grow and thrive pretty much any home or office space. But this beautiful greenery does have a few needs that must be tended, or it can get into trouble.

If you’re struggling to figure out why your micans plant seems to be dying, you’re in luck. I’ve got a list of tips and tricks to try that should bring it right back to life and get you into your happy place.

A Micans Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Micans Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office 

The long, pointy leaves that stem from the soil of this plant resemble giant tear drops with green leaves that have a red tint and reddish hues on the underside. It is relatively easy to care for with only a few needs, and it will bloom flowers in the wild, only rarely in domestication.

The stems will grow out and dangle down from the pot, so you can keep the plant suspended from the ceiling. That way, the stems can extend for up to 2 feet, at which point you can prune and propagate this lovely foliage to grow another plant nearby.

The micans plant is also wonderful as detoxifying source, absorbing common household toxins and breathing out fresh air. With those teardrop-shaped leaves close enough to the shape of a heart that this philodendron will even channel love into your home or office.

Signs of a Dying Micans Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying micans plant are as follows:

  • Mushy stems
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Dropping leaves
  • Slowed growth
  • Brown tips and edges
  • Crispy looking leaves

Common Causes of a Dying Micans Plant

The most common causes of a dying micans plant include:

  • Too much direct sunlight
  • Too much water
  • Not enough warmth
  • Not enough water

Watering Needs of a Micans Plant

The micans plant is a thirsty plant that does not want to sit in water, so your best bet is to learn to check the soil. Water the soil once you notice the top 2 inches have dried out.

Simply stick your finger into the soil. If you notice the topsoil is still moist, you can leave the plant. If, in contrast, you notice those top 2 inches of soil are dry, you can water the plant.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Micans Plant?

You’ll be able to tell if your plant is underwatered by drooping, wrinkled leaves, slow growth, and browning leaf tips.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Micans Plant

To restore water to your micans, simply water the plant until the water runs through the bottom of the pot.

It is also worth considering increasing the humidity around your plant. You can do this by misting the leaves of your plant or adding water to the plant more slowly, so the roots will grow down into the soil.

Am I Overwatering My Micans Plant?

An overwatered micans will present with yellowing leaves and brown, mushy roots. The leaves may start dropping ,and the stems will get soft and mushy.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Micans Plant

To resolve the needs of an overwatered micans plant, allow the soil to dry out completely.

If the soil remains soggy, you should remove the root ball from the soil, cut away any mushy stems, and lay it out on a screen to dry in the sun for a few days. Once you notice the root ball has dried out, you can replant it in fresh indoor houseplant soil.

Soil Needs of a Micans Plant

The micans plant calls for well-draining, indoor houseplant soil rich in nutrients and organic material.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Micans Plant

To improve the draining quality of the soil for your micans, you can mix it with perlite or bark to give it something to break up the dirt and allow for water to pass through more easily.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Micans Plant

If you notice that you still have drainage issue with your micans, you can add pebbles to the bottom of your pot, under the soil, to ensure your philodendron never sits in water.

Lighting Needs of a Micans Plant

The micans plant needs plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can burn the leaves.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Micans Plant

If you find the leaves on your micans burning or crisping, simply move it away from the window, or provide the window with a filter like a curtain, so the sun can’t shine directly on the plant.

If, in contrast, you notice the leaves are drooping and lifeless, they may need more life. Place it in brighter indirect light, closer to the window.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Micans Plant

Such a nutrient rich, lovely plant naturally attracts many common household pests. You may see scale, aphids, mealybugs, or fungus gnats.

If you do see any of these pests, simply spray your plant with neem oil liberally a couple of times a week, wiping off the bugs each time and watering the leaves to clean them off.

Fake Micans Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Micans Plants May Be an Additional Consideration 

If, in the end, you don’t think you can keep up with your philodendron micans, you can always consider a fake version. The quality of a fake micans plant makes it look just like a real one, so you won’t even be able to tell the difference.

If you’re worried a fake micans plant is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whichever way you go, you won’t be sorry for having a micans plant in your home, real or fake. It will brighten up your space and offer an ongoing beautiful sight to behold.

What’s happening with your micans plant? Have you been able to bring it back from the brink of death? What tips and tricks worked for you?

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