Philodendron Micans In LECA

This is an uncommon houseplant, it is a type of Philodendron, which is a huge genus of houseplants. According to Wikipedia, there are 489 species in the Philodendron genus, it is easily my favorite genus of houseplants and the one I have the most varieties of in my collection.

The Micans has velvety leaves with dark red/burganty coloring.

Plant with red leaves

These are also a straightforward and forgiving plant to grow; they love water, which makes overwatering a nonissue. Some people leave their cuttings in water for months to years; as long as you change the water, they should do well in just water.

If you want to pot it up in a growing medium, I strongly recommend LECA. LECA is why I started this blog and why I sell water-rooted cuttings. Once you have a water-rooted cutting, you should be able to transplant it into LECA immediately.

So, What Is LECA?

It is a clay ball that wicks water from the bottom of the plant vessel to the plant roots. This means that overwatering is a thing of the past; if you have water in the bottom 1/3 of your container, your plant should thrive. It involves no soil, which means a greatly reduced risk of bugs, which was a huge selling point for me!

I go into much more detail on what LECA is and how to transplant your cutting; here, I strongly recommend LECA to all plant lovers. I use it exclusively and swear by it.


Micans are a very forgiving plant, they tolerate most types of light, even low light. They also love humidity. I have various cuttings of micans throughout my house, I even have some in my fish tank.


They tend to be thirsty. Since I use LECA, I just ensure my plant has a reservoir every week, and it’s good to go. The frequency does change throughout the time of year.


This varitiy of Philodrenon is a trailing plant, others are self heading meaning they grow upwards without needed support.


These plants generally have small to medium leaves, bigger if you have them climb; these will grow in long vines instead of a bushy plant. Overall, Micans are easy to care for, even more so if you put them in LECA, in my opinion. If you want to learn more about LECA, click here for my quick start guide. I hope you love your new baby plant. I’d love to see how it grows!

Feel free to message or DM me with questions. Love to talk all things plant and will gladly help you on your plant journey.

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