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Philodendron, advice on caring for it

Philodendron leaf

Philodendron is a very beautiful indoor plant with ornamental leaves.

Major Philodendron Facts

Type – shrub, indoor plant

Height – 6 ½ feet (2 meters)
Exposure – part shade, full sun
Soil – well drained, rich enough

Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – insignificant

Caring for it, whether upon repotting or watering, will enhance  the growth of your philodendron.

Planting and repotting philodendron

Potted philodendron

  • Philodendron leaf purifying the airWhat suits philodendron best is to plant it in repotting soil mix or even better, indoor plant soil mix.
    Select a luminous spot but without direct sun and stay away from heat sources such as radiators.
    Repotting can be performed from February to October.

Outdoor philodendron

  • Mix your garden soil to soil mix and choose a spot that is in part sun, but not hot.
    Take note that growing philodendron outdoors is only possible wherever the climate is relatively mild in winter.

Pruning philodendron

It isn’t necessary to prune it.

Aerial roots are very important for this plant. It is recommended not to touch them.

Watering philodendron

Water the plant only when the surface of the soil is dry, and avoid excess water so as to not suffocate the roots.

Space your watering rounds as much as you can during the winter rest phase, because the plant only has very limited water needs.

Caring for philodendron

Caring for philodendronPhilodendron is very easy to grow. It requires very little care and resists quite well to the various diseases.

Although organic fertilizer can rekindle the plant’s vigor, it isn’t a requirement, either.

This shrub grows indoor very well all year round, and can be brought outside from May to September.

A temperature of 65 to 75°F (18 to 25°C) is recommended for proper growth.

→ Read also: Plants that purify the air inside our homes

Smart tip about philodendron

Philodendron is among the indoor air-purifying plants!


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  • Harriet Sternlicht wrote on 19 August 2018 at 20 h 21 min

    Why do the edges of my plant turn brown?

    • Gaspard Lorthiois wrote on 20 August 2018 at 6 h 38 min

      Hello Harriet! Thanks for your message. There are a few reasons that may cause your philodendron leaves to turn brown. Are all leaves hit? It might be a viral or fungus attack. Or only the older ones? If the brown spots are still tender and moist, it means you must let the soil dry out before watering again because excess water is making the philodendron vulnerable to rot. If they’re dry, try watering a bit more. The best way to water is to let the soil dry out to the depth of your first finger knuckle, then water abundantly and ensure it drains entirely (no sitting water).