Plant Care:

Philodendron

Description:

Unique and trailing with heart-shaped leaves, the philodendron is a no-fuss, care-free plant and a staple of indoor gardens. Philodendrons will tell you what they need, so event beginner plant parents can help this house guest thrive.

Botanical Classification: Araceae (family)

Pets And Kids:

Not pet friendly. Poisonous but non-lethal sap causes skin irritation and burning of the mouth if ingested.

Plant Parent Care Tips:

  • Philodendrons will either be a climbing or non climbing variety. Vining plants will do well with a structure to climb on. Without trimming, vining varieties will reach 10 feet long.

General Care:

Water:

Water weekly. Allow the top inch (2.5cm) of soil to dry out between watering. Drooping leaves will mean too much or not enough water, but will recover quickly.

Sunlight:

Bright, indirect sunlight. Never place in direct sunlight or leaves will scorch. Will tolerate low light, but long, leggy stems could mean the plant may be getting not enough light.

Placement:

When choosing a location, keep in mind that vining Philodendrons can reach up to 10 feet if well-cared for.  These make excellent trailers or climbers.

Food:

Fertilize monthly using half-strength liquid fertilizer during spring and summer. Fertilize every 2 months in winter.

Common Issues:

Leaves turn yellow and drop – Symptom of overwatering

Wilting – Symptom of underwatering.

Interesting Fact

Philodendrons are sometimes grown because they can neutralize some poisons commonly found indoors, most notably formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene.