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Philodendron Care: The Complete Guide

Philodendron Care: The Complete Guide

Philodendrons, with their diverse leaf shapes and sizes, are cherished for their adaptability and aesthetics. Trailing, climbing, or compact, the Philodendron family offers a rich tapestry of choices for any indoor garden.

THE SCIENCE

Family: Araceae

Genus: Philodendron

Commonly: heartleaf, horsehead

THE BASICS

WATER

Philodendrons are resilient and don’t mind drying out between soaks – water when the soil is close to completely dry.

Look for the plant’s tell: Drooping stems and curled leaves are often a sign that your plant needs a good drink.

LIGHT

These plants can adapt to various lighting conditions but do best in bright, indirect lighting. You’ll see less growth in dimmer spots.

Protect the leaves from direct sunlight to avoid scorching the foliage and maintain their lush appearance.

HUMIDITY & TEMP

Maintain a moderate level of humidity (between 50-70%) if possible, especially if you’re in a drier climate.

Pro-tip: Grouping plants together or supplementing with a humidifier creates a more favorable microclimate for your Philodendron.

THE NITTY GRITTY

SOIL

A well-draining, aerated soil is best: potting mix, perlite, orchid bark, and other chunky mediums are an excellent choice.

Repot as needed to refresh nutrients and give your plant room to grow.

Check out our signature blend, Dirt Bag – specifically mixed for aroids like these to ensure optimal soil quality and promote growth!

FERTILIZATION

A balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season will keep your Philodendron well-fed.

Dilute to half strength or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant’s growth slows.

Incorporate our Arber Plant Food during your routine waterings to promote lush, bright foliage!

PESTS

Philodendrons are generally hardy, but keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and mealy bugs.

Regularly inspect the underside of the leaves and stem joints for hiding pests.

Pro-tip: Gently wiping the leaves with a damp cloth prevents dust build-up and deters pests from setting up camp.

OTHER DEETS

PRUNING & PROPPING

Pruning your Philodendron will help control its shape and size while promoting new growth! Remove older, yellowing leaves to encourage more energy.

Propagate stem cuttings in water or soil and share the joy of Philodendrons with fellow plant parents (or even just expand your own collection 😏).

Check out Water Propagation 101 for the how-to!