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.
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.
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.
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.
Fertilize monthly using half-strength liquid fertilizer during spring and summer. Fertilize every 2 months in winter.
Leaves turn yellow and drop – Symptom of overwatering
Wilting – Symptom of underwatering.
Philodendrons are sometimes grown because they can neutralize some poisons commonly found indoors, most notably formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene.