ABOUT THIS RHAPHIDOPHORA Tetrasperma Rhaphidophora w/bamboo pole, This is one of the fastest growing varieties of aroid we have collected. It can grow 6 to 12 feet in a season while sending out branches in seemingly every direction. This is a fast-growing plant which does best indoors or out as long as it has something to climb on. These are very healthy, climbing tropical plants with well established root systems. The growth rate and leaf color of Tetrasperma will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
RHAPHIDOPHORA PLANT CARE Tetrasperma are very easy to grow tropical plants that require little care indoors or out. Like other aroids, many species of Rhaphidophora can be grown as houseplants, or outdoors in mild climates. They thrive in moist soils with high organic matter and grow best when provided with a mossy post or burlap wrapped pole to climb. Rhaphidophora plants can be grown in pots, hanging baskets or outdoors as a ground cover or beautiful tree wrap. Indoors plants thrive at temperatures between 55°- 80°F and in lower light conditions than other house plants. In the ground or up an arbor, Rhaphidophoras get big and are often unrecognizable from their potted juvenile state. They add a wonderfully tropical accent to any well-lit space or cascading from your favorite hanging planter. In very cold zones a containerized Rhaphidophora can be brought inside for the winter months. Avoid frost and freezing temperatures. When you receive your new Rhaphidophora, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Rhaphidophora.
CONTAINER SIZE Rhaphidophora grow very well in patio and indoor containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 10″ to a 20″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice to get started. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
SOIL Tetrasperma Rhaphidophoras enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky or dry, sandy soils.
FERTILIZER To help establish your new Tetrasperma Rhaphidophora, fertilize sparingly at least 6 inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This Rhaphidophora requires 70-85% sunlight. Depending on your location filtered sun is best. In the northern end of their grow zone Tetrasperma plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before frost.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS Here at Kens Nursery these Rhaphidophora plants are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this Rhaphidophora in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE All Tetrasperma Rhaphidophora Plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 7 to 9 inches deep and 1.25 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots, faster growth and are designated with a -7, or -9. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Tetrasperma Rhaphidophora Plants are inspected, watered, pruned and topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your plant is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased. You may want to buy Tetrasperma online now while they are in stock.