Welcome back! Today we’re on the topic of velvety plants that you need to own if you’re a sucker for soft textured leaves like we are!
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Without further to do, our first plant on this list.
1. Alocasia Frydek
The Alocasia Frydek was on of the first “uncommon” houseplants I ever bought online, and when I got it she came with 5 beautiful leaves.
Over the course of a few months her growth was slow and she was losing leaves faster than growing them. So, I panicked. When there was only one leaf left on the Frydek I took her out of soil and put the entire bulb and roots in sphagnum moss. Ever since then she’s been growing leaves very quickly and hasn’t been losing any! It was a quick decision I made that I wasn’t sure if it would pay off but I’m happy to say it did!
I keep mine in bright indirect light, she is still in the moss so I only water her once the moss gets dry. I’ve had her in moss for about 3-4 months and she’s done nothing but thrive for me since! I keep her fairly close to a humidifier but the room humidity overall doesn’t typically get over 50%.
2. Philodendron Gloriosum
The Philodendron Gloriosum is second on this list because this plant was second to the Frydek for uncommon plants I started collecting. I got mine when it had only two leaves and a growth point, fast forward 4 months she’s unfurled a new beautiful leaf and is currently working on her fourth one!
My Gloriosum also gets bright indirect light via my grow lights and sits close to the humidifier as well. I have her in soil that retains more moisture than not so I don’t need to water too often.
So if you know plants very well you’ll know that Scindapsus is actually a large family of plants, and not all of which have velvety leaves but for the purpose of this article we’re just going to refer to the ones that do.
Scindapsus is one of my favorite trailing plants because of their silver hue that makes them stand out from the rest of a green jungle. Mine have proved to be slow growers for me but I hear of many others saying they’re one of their fastest growing plants.
4. Philodendron Micans
Look at this cutie! The Philodendron Micans is unfortunately a plant I don’t have in my collection anymore but I used to have a small pot of a few cuttings. I ended up selling that pot and told myself the next time I get a micans it will be a nice full pot of them.
If you own a Philodendron Micans you’ll know that the leaf colors go through an entire shade range when they unfurl and harden off. From oranges to magenta they’re definitely a unique plant to own!
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5. Calathea Warscewiczii
I have proved I am not worthy yet of a Calathea Warscewiczii from the many past calatheas I’ve unfortunately killed. May they Rest In Peace.
I’ve been so tempted a few times to pick one up when they were coming in circulation of Lowe’s and Home Depot plants but I resisted the urge.
6. Philodendron Verrucosum
My favorite local nursery nearby has these in stock and they’re as stunning in person as they are in photos. They have red on their backside of their leaves along with a little fuzzy stem that has small hairs poking out.
Definitely a wishlist plant of my own to day the least.
7. Philodendron Gigas
The Philodendron Gigas is such a unique plant in the Philo family in my opinion. Unlike most other philodendrons, the Gigas leaf shape grows more elongated and tall compared to the normal heart shaped leaves.
8. Alocasia Black Velvet
This is a plant I plan on getting very very soon. First because I’m addicted to Alocasia, and second because I’m addicted to velvety plants, which is why I have the Frydek too.
I like this plant especially because of it’s more rounded off leaf shape and of course that darker color you don’t typically see on plants.
9. Purple Passion
So, long story short: I got this plant in my earlier houseplant parenthood years and it lasted for about 2 weeks. In that unfortunate time period I managed to both overwater and sunburn her. Poor girl didn’t have a chance.
Just because of that traumatizing experience I shared with this plant I probably won’t be getting another soon. But it’s for the better anyways.
10. Anthurium Clarinervium
So, the Anthurium Clarinervium has been a top wishlist plant for a very long time in my book. I have yet to actually even own an anthurium because I get psyched out on if I can take care of them or not and I don’t want to take the risk.
But I will say, when I do have the confidence to take care of that plant I will definitely be getting one.
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