Adding a Philodendron to your home is an easy, budget-friendly way to add tropical flair to your space. The Philodendron is native to Central and South America, has large, glossy green leaves, and grows rapidly in ideal conditions. During the spring and the summer months, Philodendrons can grow up to four inches a week! Their size varies greatly, ranging from 1-20 feet tall and 1-6 feet wide.
There are two different types of Philodendron: climbing and non-vining. Non-vining varieties grow upright and bush-like. Climbing philodendron species grow as a vine around another plant or structure. These varieties should be given a support structure to climb such as a trellis or moss poll.
In the wild, philodendrons grow below the canopy of tropical forests. Recreate their native habitat by placing your philodendron in moderate to bright indirect sunlight. Exposure to direct sunlight will burn its leaves.
Philodendrons are tropical plants that prefer moist soil. Water your philodendron when the top inch or two of soil has dried out. To prevent root rot, make sure your pot has adequate drainage and that the soil does not become soggy.
Temperature tolerance varies slightly depending on the species of Philodendron you have, but they should not be exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep your philodendron away from air conditioners and drafty windows.
Philodendrons prefer a humid environment that mimics the tropical climate of their natural habitat. Place your philodendron in a bright bathroom or kitchen, or near a humidifier. You can also lightly mist your plant with a spray bottle to moisten its leaves.
Philodendrons should be planted in slightly acidic, loose potting soil that is rich in organic matter. You may also opt to grow your philodendron in 100% sphagnum moss, but make sure you keep the moss sufficiently moist.
If ingested, Philodendron is toxic to pets and humans.