Philodendron Plant Care
Learn All About Philodendron Care with our Guide
Philodendron comes in climbing and non-climbing varieties, with the former often used as a hanging plant. Philodendron is sometimes confused with pothos, but originates from Central and South America and has thin heart-shaped leaves compared with pothos’ thicker waxy leaves.
Caring for your Philodendron
Philodendron originates from the jungle floor and is adapted to indirect or dappled sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves but it does like to receive plenty of light, so aim for a spot near a north-facing window that is sheltered from direct sunlight. If your plant has leggy shoots, it probably isn’t getting enough light.
Soil & Nutrients
Philodendrons need nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. Any high quality well-draining potting mix will suffice. Use a liquid fertiliser monthly during the growing season (May to August) and reduce to half this frequency in the winter.
Philodendrons like a moderate amount of water. Allow the top few centimetres of soil to dry out between waterings, and water liberally when you do. Philodendrons can be prone to root rot, so be careful not to overwater yours. Droopy leaves can indicate both under and overwatering, so feel the soil to determine when it needs a drink.
Climate & Humidity
Given their tropical origins, Philodendrons do better in warm and humid conditions. However, they aren’t overly sensitive to the environment in your home provided they are away from cold draughts. If you can, provide some extra humidity by misting occasionally.
Philodendrons grow quickly in the right conditions, so if vines are getting too long feel free to prune them and pop the cut end in water to start a new plant. Heavy pruning is best done in spring or summer. It is recommended to repot your plant with new soil every couple of years.