Philodendron are one of the most popular, versatile, and easy to grow houseplants on the planet. Trailing plants lend an air of the tropical to your indoor jungle. They drape casually down from bookshelves and windowsills, looking graceful with their heart-shaped leaves. They’re absolutely ideal for hanging baskets. It is often said they thrive on neglect and that is not far from the truth. There are over 200 different varieties, some with split-leaf foliage, some with variegation but all are perfect for even novice plant parents.
Philodendron can survive with very little light but will grow faster and healthier in bright indirect light. They will sunburn in harsh, direct sunlight.
Your container should have good drainage. Water when the top 50 percent of the soil is dry, about once a week. If the foliage begins to turn yellow, it’s an indication of too much water. Conversely, if the leaves turn brown, your plant needs more water.
Temperature and Humidity
Philodendron grow well in normal household temperatures, between 70°-80ºF during the day and above 55º F at night. Average home humidity levels are fine but an occasional misting or rinsing off the leaves would be welcome and remove dust.
Pests and Diseases
Over-watering can cause root-rot but yellow leaves will warn you to slow down the watering. While they are rarely bothered by pests, it’s a good idea to keep a look out for aphids and mites. If you do see them, try Insect Soap.
Repotting and Fertilizing
Always use a quality soil like Espoma Organic Potting Mix for optimum plant health. Repot once a year. Feed your plants once a month in spring and summer and, once every other month in fall and winter with an organic indoor plant food.
Endorsed By NASA
NASA lists a Heartleaf Philodendron as a clean air plant that removes formaldehyde, a chemical found in insulation, floor coverings, cleaning agents, pressed wood, and even paper towels, from the air.
More Super Star Vines
String of Pearls
Looks exactly like its name. This succulent tolerates drought and does best in bright light.
Long, leafy vine that prefers bright, indirect light and moist soil. Will grow fairly well in low light too.
Inch Plant or Purple Heart
Beautiful purple foliage on trailing stems with attractive zebra patterned foliage. Perfect for hanging baskets.
Elegant plant that vines with age, prefers bright light and moderate watering.
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