Complete guide to philodendron care
Heart-shaped leaves and a loving personality to match - that's a philodendron.
Philodendrons are a popular houseplant because they are easy to care for and look great in almost any home. They're also very resilient and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. With the right care, your philodendron can thrive for many years. Here’s what you need to know to keep your philodendron healthy:
- Your plant will be fine in sem-shade but will prefer a bright room
- They're not keen on soggy soil so water when the top two inches of soil feel dry
- Mist every few days to keep the leaves happy and healthy
Philo means ‘’loving’ in Greek, while dendron means ‘tree’. Which makes this the ‘loving tree’. While that could be because it’s just so easy to like, it’s probably because of its big heart-shaped leaves. Either way, we think Phil, our philodendron, is pretty lovable.
In its natural home in Central America and the Caribbean it’s a fast-growing climber, reaching heights of up to six metres. You’ll find it hanging out on the trunks of other trees. In the home it’s grown up a moss pole, to make it a dramatic, very vertical plant. If you like a big plant but don’t have space for one that spreads out, it’s perfect.
How much light does my philodendron need?
Philodendrons prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate low light, but will not thrive in it. Place your philodendron in an east- or west-facing window, or in a spot that gets bright, indirect light throughout the day.
How often should I water my philodendron?
Water your philodendron when the top inch of soil is dry. Water thoroughly, until water runs out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Allow the soil to dry out again before watering again.
What's the best temperature for my philodendron?
Philodendrons prefer temperatures between 18-29°C. Avoid exposing your plant to temperatures below 10°C. If you feel comfortable, chances are they will too.
Does my philodendron need a humid environment?
Philodendrons prefer high humidity. Place your plant near a humidifier or mist it regularly to increase the humidity around it. These statement plants will also look great in bathrooms or kitchens, which are naturally more humid.
Should I fertilise my philodendron?
Feed your philodendron every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertiliser. This will help your philodendron grow taller and bushier.
Do I need to prune my philodendron?
Prune your philodendron regularly to keep it looking its best - after all, we all enjoy a good haircut. Cut off any dead or damaged leaves, and trim any stems that have become too long.
When should I repot my philodendron?
Repot your philodendron when the roots become crowded in its current pot. You'll start to see them poking out of the bottom of the nursery pot. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the previous one.
With the right care, your philodendron can thrive for many years. Follow these tips to keep your plant healthy and looking its best.
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