Philodendron House Plants - General Care & Growth Tips
Philodendron’s have robust foliage and long roots, making them a low-maintenance house plant. Despite being easy-care, Philodendrons will benefit from the correct amount of water, sunlight and humidity. In this article, we have outlined everything you need to know to help make your Philodendron thrive for years to come.
Species of Philodendron
The first thing to understand is what species of Philodendron you are dealing with. There are over 400 species of Philodendron, with many of these being suitable for house plants. Here are some of our favorites:
If you notice your Philodendron leaves turning yellow, this is a sign of over-watering so be careful to keep it on the drier side. The best way to get these house plants to grow is by letting the top layer of soil dry out between watering's. If you notice the leaves starting to wilt, this is a good indication that it needs more water. Do not let your Philodendron sit in water or become soggy, as this can lead to root-rot.
One of the reasons that Philodendrons make great house plants is their ability to adapt to different lighting conditions. The large dark leaves on most species of philodendron allows them to absorb any trace of light or water. Ideally, you want to place your Philodendron near a window so that it gets natural light, but not direct sun-rays as this may burn the leaves.
Humidity and Misting
Philodendrons are exotic tropical plants and therefore prefer humid environments. Misting them regularly (about once a week) can help to encourage these humid environments, which may accelerate growth.
Growing new plants from cuttings of philodendrons is an easy task. Simply cut a long stem off the Philodendron and place in water. You may need to pinch off a couple of leaves so that they are not submerged in the water. Change the water every 4-5 days and check back in 2 weeks to see if the stem has formed roots. If so, this can now be repotted into a new pot. Use a quality potting mix for best growth results.
If you notice that your Philodendron has not been growing for a while, it may need repotted. This is because it has become too big for its pot, and the roots have nowhere to go. To double check, you can inspect the bottom of the pot. If the roots are starting to grow out the bottom, then you will need to repot. This generally needs done once every 2 years.
Remove any dead leaves from your Philodendron as this will help new ones come through. If you want the plant to stay small, then maintain regular pruning. When pruning, all you have to do is cut above where another leaf is attached to the stem.
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