As you can see, this philodendron ‘Prince of Orange,’ really enjoyed its time outside.
It put on many new leaves, its leaves took on the lovely color that gives it its name, and it didn’t do any sort of ungainly growth “thing” that made me want to say “away with you to compost!”
And then there’s this philodendron, ‘Dark Knight’ which didn’t have the same great summer vacation as the rest of my plants, or even, as ‘Prince of Orange.’
You’ll notice that the two are in identical pots. They sat next to one another on my stone wall–and yet, you see the result. One plant is flourishing. The other is just about ready for compost.
It’s hard to say why this sort of thing happens. I will try to nurture ‘Dark Knight’ along and get it back to health. We’ll see.
I can tell you that it didn’t have any incidents with wildlife–those are generally more obvious.
I have staked ‘Dark Knight’ up to get it through our long, dark winter. With any luck, next summer will be kinder to it.