Philodendron Care

Philodendron Care

Philodendrons are known for their exotic leaves. These tropical plants are native to Central and South America. They belong to the Araceae family—the same family as pothos plants. There are many species of Philodendrons, each has its own unique cultivars. These species are categorized into two, vining or non-climbing. The most common ones produce long vines or stems adorned with thick, waxy, dark green leaves.

Philodendrons can be placed both indoor and outdoor—and are fast growers. Depending on the species of philodendron and the size of the pot or container they're planted in, they can grow from one to six feet long and equally wide.

Some most well-known Philodendron plants include:

  • Heartleaf philodendron

This variety of Philodendron is also known by the scientific name, Philodendron hederaceum. This plant is one of the most well-known varieties of Philodendrons. This plant is climbing and produces waxy, heart-shaped, deep green leaves.

  • Philodendron Brasil

This variety of Philodendron is also known by the scientific name, Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil.’ Philodendron of this variety features yellow variegated leaves. Thus, some people also called this plant the variegated heartleaf philodendron.

  • Blushing philodendron

This variety of Philodendrons is also known by the scientific name, Philodendron erubescens. This climbing variety has reddish (or, pinkish) stems and leaves. Thus, some people also called this plant the Pink Princess Philodendron.

Among the most popular houseplants, Philodendrons are the easiest to care for. To thrive, Philodendrons don’t really need green thumbs. That’s why these plants are recommended by many for beginner gardeners. So, if you belong to these beginner gardeners and are interested in planting Philodendron at your house, the following Philodendron care may be useful for your gardening journey!

  1. Regular watering every 7 to 14 days

Philodendrons need regular watering, so make sure to give your plants a thorough drink every one to two weeks. However, avoid overwatering—if your plant gets yellow leaves and they start to drop, you're likely overwatering it.

  1. Regular fertilizing

If you spot a pale new leaf on your plant, don’t ignore it.  This typically indicates that your plant isn't getting enough calcium or magnesium. Make sure to fertilize your plant with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer. Don’t do it too often though, fertilizing regularly once a month will keep your plants healthy, strong and beautiful.

  1. Regular pruning

As described in the previous paragraph, Philodendrons are fast growers. It can become leggy if you are not regularly pruning it. Snip off dead leaves to make way for new leaves. Keep your clippings—they can be used for propagation.

  1. Employ Propagation

Do you want to share your lovely Philodendron with close ones? You can propagate your plant. Use a sharp pair of garden clippers to clip off three to six inches of stem. Then gently remove the bottom leaves, leaving four to six leaves on the stem. Plant the stem about two to three inches deep in moist soil.

  1. Keep an eye on pest

Your lovely Philodendron can become prey to common pests like mealybugs, spider mites, and aphids. So, make sure to maintain the health of your plant by spraying your plant with neem oil or a diluted dish soap solution if necessary.

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