Check him weekly and if the top two inches of soil feel dry, give him a drink. If his soil’s still moist, leave him be.
He’ll be okay in light shade, but prefers somewhere with bright light. He’s not keen on harsh direct sun.
A moist atmosphere keeps his leaves healthy. A steamy bathroom is perfect. Or mist him once or twice a week.
A dose of liquid fertiliser once a month in spring and summer will give him a growth boost. He won’t need it in winter.
Philodendron Little Hope; Tree philodendron; Horse head philodendron
Poisonous if eaten
Nursery pot size
About Philodendron Little Hope
As you might guess from the name, this is a miniature version of a plant called Philodendron hope, or Philodendron selloum. In its native habitat in South America, Philodendron hope can grow enormous. It might reach four-metres tall and two-metres wide, with leaves almost a metre long. Philodendron Little Hope, which is almost exclusively grown as a houseplant, stays much more compact.
Little Hope is unusual among philodendron because it doesn’t have heart-shaped leaves (In greek, Philodendron means ‘heart plant’). Instead, it has big, shiny serrated leaves. Different but equally gorgeous.
It’s an easy-care houseplant, requiring little more than some good light and a drink every week or so.
Did you know?
A Philodendron selloum can flower but it takes around twenty years before a plant is mature enough to blossom.
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