Amydrium Zippelianum Care

Amydrium Zippelianum
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Amydrium Zippelianum is an interesting addition to any home. It’s a rare tropical plant originally found in South East Asia and is sure to add a unique flair to your houseplant collection. The Amydrium Zippelianum is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care, making it the perfect choice for houseplant newbs. If you have experience growing Monstera or Philodendron then you will find Amydrium Zippelianum care is quite similar. Plant World offers great resources on how to care for this beautiful Aroid and will help you make sure it thrives!

Growth Habit

A. Zippelianum is a vining plant with palm-like leaves that are produced far apart on the vining stem. It works well as a climbing plant or you can have it in a pot and redirect the stems back into the soil. When grown in a hanging basket and left to trail, we have found it tends to produce smaller and smaller leaves farther apart on the stem than usual. In it’s natural habitat, it is sometimes classified as a weed since it is such a prolific grower. 

Light Requirements

Lighting is one of the most crucial steps in keeping your plants healthy and happy. The A. Zippelianum requires bright indirect light and can even tolerate some dappled sun or morning sun through an east facing window but will not tolerate lower light conditions. You can even try placing your Amydrium under a large densely canopied tree in the warmer month. However, avoid prolonged direct sun exposure as it will scorch the leaves and cause excessive wilting.  

Amydrium Zippelianum Care
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Watering & Fertilizing Amydrium Zippelianum

Amydrium Zippelianum is considered a “thirsty” aroid species and needs to be kept consistently moist throughout its growing season. During the summer, water once the top 2’’-3’’ (5-7 cm) of soil has dried out and make sure to provide adequate drainage. Since the growth rate generally slows down in the winter, you can reduce watering significantly to prevent root rot.

Fertilizer should be applied every other watering or about every 2 weeks during the warm months or while the plant is actively growing. Use the fertilizer at half strength to avoid over-fertilization.

Soil & Potting

Amydrium Zippelianum needs a well-draining potting mix that is able to retain moisture. We suggest using an aroid specific mix. Look for mixes that include ingredients such as coco coir, perlite, coconut husk chips, pine bark or orchid bark, and activated charcoal chips.

Repot your Amydrium once a year in the spring using a potting mix specifically formulated for aroids. Make sure to choose a pot with drainage holes.

Best Humidity & Temperature for Amydrium Zippelianum

The A. Zippelianum loves high humidity but will tolerate average indoor humidity of 30-50% quite well. Since it loves high humidity, it is a good option for a terrarium or moss pole. When humidity is too low, the leaves will start to curl slightly and get brown tips.

This plant needs to be kept in warmer temperatures, ideally between 65ºF-75ºF (18ºC-24ºC).


If you have ever propagated a Pothos, you will find that propagating Amydrium Zippelianum is quite straightforward. Simply cut off a portion of a stem with a couple of leaves on it and place it in water. The stem should quickly take off and start producing roots. Once the roots are a couple inches long, you can pot it.

Amydrium Zippelianum Pests & Diseases

Keep an eye out for spider mites and mealy bugs. If you notice any, immediately treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil. It is also important to keep an eye out for any signs of disease such as root rot.


With these care tips, you will find that caring for Amydrium Zippelianum is quite easy. Make sure to keep an eye out for pests and diseases and occasionally prune away any dead or yellowing leaves. Also, propagating this beautiful aroid is very straightforward so you’re sure to have many cutting to pass along to friends and family or sell on Plant World Marketplace to help fund your next lovely plant. With some care and attention, your Amydrium can provide lots of lush, unique foliage for your home.

Amydruim Zippelianum FAQ’s

Is Amydrium Zippelianum toxic?

Amydriums are part of the Aroid genus. Most of which are toxic to dogs and cats. Symptoms of exposure include itching and swelling of the mouth and stomach upset.

What is the average price for an Amydrium Zippelianum?

Small starter plants run about $30. These typically have 2 leaves. Larger more mature plants average $60-$100.

Is Amydrium Zippelianum rare?

Amydrium Zippelianum is considered a rare plant in the US.

Is Amydrium Zippelianum a Philodendron?

Amydriums are not Philodendrons. However, they do both belong to the Aroid genus and share a lot of the same care tips. If you are good at caring for Philodendrons, you will find Amydriums to be quite easy.

Is Amydrium Zippelianum a Monstera?

Amydriums are not Monsteras. However, they do both belong to the Aroid genus and share a lot of the same care tips. If you are good at caring for Monsteras, you will find Amydriums to be quite easy.

What soil is best for Amydrium Zippelianum?

An Aroid specific soil is best for Amydrium Zippelianums. They like a chunky mix that drains easily but is also moisture retentive. Opt for mixes that include ingredients like perlite, coconut husk chips, and pine bark.

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