Care Instructions - Philodendron

There are about 400 species of philodendron, a member of the family araceae. Philodendrons fall into two basic categories: vining and non-trailing (also called self-heading). Vines are a perfect choice for a hanging basket or climbing a trellis, while upright types such as lacy tree philodendrons can make a dramatic statement in any space. They are beautiful and exotic plants, and can reach astounding heights in their native environments.

As a tropical plant, philodendron is particularly effective at helping the clean the air we breathe. To take advantage of its air purification qualities for a healthier home environment, place philodendron plants in every 100 square feet of living space and let it do what it does naturally.

Philodendron are tropical plants, so higher humidity will promote lush growth and shiny foliage. It will tolerate lower humidity levels but won't be living its best life.

Keep the leaves free from dust to encourage good growth.

Philodendron love warmth, humidity and bright indirect light
18-26° Celsius
Loose, well-draining potting mix with perlite
Philodendrons grow best in medium light and bright indirect sunlight.
Water when the top inch of soil dries out. Take care not to over water, since philodendron will rot if kept soggy. If the leaves are brown and falling off, the plant is likely not getting enough water. Droopy leaves can mean the plant is getting either too much or not enough water, but they should revive once you correct the issue.

In the months between spring and autumn the Philodendron should be fertilised every week or every two weeks. You should use a liquid fertiliser and use it according to its directions. During the resting period in winter the plants should be watered less and fertilised once a month at most.