What is Philodendron Strawberry Shake and where does it come from?
The Strawberry philodendron is simply a variegated form of the well-known 'Red Emerald' Philodendron.
Read more about the Red emerald here: Red Emerald Philodendron Guide
1.Philodendron Strawberry Shake is a climbing plant.
In it's natural habitat, the strawberry shake regularly climbs trees and vines. At home, you should provide it with a vine or a self made climbing stick as it grows larger in size. If you don't know how to make a climbing stick yourself, you can purchase ready-made climbing poles made with sphagnum moss on Etsy here
2.How much does Strawberry Philodendron Cost?
In our research, we have seen quite a range of prices for the strawberry philodendron. Some retailers are selling it for as high as $688, whilst others are selling cuttings of the plants for £127 which translates to about $156 as of June 2022.
3.You can use any soil medium for the Strawberry shake philodendron
We are lucky to have helpful members of our community that tell us how they look after their plants and in this case when we sent an email to 3,000 plant parents and we received various answers that surprised us because they all used different soil mediums with great results.
Our results show that about 60% of our subscribers use a mixture of either LECA balls or Perlite moss + Orchid + some charcoal as soil substrate for their strawberry shake philodendron.
The truth is that you can use the exact same soil type for this strawberry philodendron plant as you would for any other philodendron plant. If you are still not sure, please take a look at our ultimate guide to the Philodendron pink princess plant and the red emerald philodendron plant (the non-variegated form of this plant)
4. Is the Philodendron Strawberry Shake Poisonous?
Yes, like most philodendron plants, the strawberry shake philodendron is indeed poisonous. Its sap can cause skin irritation, and its leaves are not suitable for human consumption.
If you want to learn more about the general toxicity of philodendron plants especially in relation to cats and dogs take a look at our guide to toxicity in philodendron
5. Is the Strawberry Shake Philodendron Prone to Reverting?
Unfortunately Yes, the Strawberry Shake philodendron plant is prone to reverting back to a complete green colour. To be honest, this is not unusual in philodendron plants with variegated leaves. The pink princess philodendron for example is also prone to very to reversing its colours from a variegated pink to a lush green.
Leo, age 27 is one of our regular subscribers who frequently sells variegated philodendron on sites like Amazon & Etsy. When we asked him how he dealt with reverting leaves on his strawberry shake philodendron plant, he said he always splits the variegated leaves from the non-variegated leaves and then propagates to get more variegated leaves in the long term.
Maybe you could try that? Otherwise you could just love the plant for whatever colour it appears to be on that particular day!
6. Does the Strawberry Shake Philodendron come in different colors?
You will see pictures online of Strawberry Shake in a lot of colors like yellow or pink leaves and the reason for this is because many of these plants are very juvenile.This means you are only seeing one colour of variegation at a certain stage of the plant's development.
This is because the Strawberry shake Philodendron has a polaroid style of variegation. This means that it fades into different colour phases over time.So when you're looking at a strawberry shake plant, you should be able to tell about how old the leaf is and the light conditions it receives.
For example, a strawberry shake philodendron plant with yellow variegated leaves is typically experiencing new growth and kept under really bright light. However this does not last forever. After some time, the yellow color starts to fade into a light cream/pinkish color.
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We've shared six key things you should know about these attractive and easy-to-grow tropical plants, including their native range, distinctive variegated leaves, and potential for variegation to revert.
We've also discussed the price and care requirements for strawberry shake philodendron, as well as some potential uses for these plants in home or garden settings.
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