philodendron plant profile
Philodendron is a large genus of easy-care houseplants that grow in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. There are two main philodendron types—vining and upright, non-climbing plants. The vining varieties, often confused with a pothos plant, are perfect for hanging planters, growing up trellises, or even regular potted houseplants. The upright varieties, while just as easy to grow, typically have larger, sometimes more elaborate leaves. Philodendron plant care is fairly easy if you can get the basics down.
how do you care for a philodendron plant?
Philodendrons grow best in moderate to high indirect light, but will tolerate low light environments as well. If the leaves turn yellow, you may be giving the plant too much direct sunlight. If the plant becomes leggy, it likely needs more light. When watering, it is best to allow the first inch or so of soil to dry out between watering cycles. Droopy leaves are an indication of a watering problem—under-watering or over-watering. Native to tropical regions, Philodendron like humidity, so be sure to mist them frequently. While their ideal living temperature ranges, they will not tolerate 55°F or below for long. Feeding your plant with a balanced fertilizer monthly in the spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in the fall and winter will result in larger leaves and faster growth.
quick care guide
Moderate Watering Needs
Great for Beginners
frequently asked questions
They prefer bright, indirect sunlight but can tolerate moderate and low light environments as well.
Philodendron make fantastic indoor houseplants. They can readily adapt to almost any indoor environment and will thrive year round.
Yellow leaves are a sign that the plant is getting too much direct sunlight. Drooping leaves are a good indication of a watering problem. A leggy plant should be moved to a location with higher light levels.
Water your plant when the top inch of soil has completely dried out. Take care not to over-water your philodendron as they are prone to rot.
There are two main types of philodendron—vining plants and upright houseplants. Try varieties such as Brandi, Brasil, and Green Heartleaf if you prefer a climber.
Vining varieties of philodendron are fairly easy to propagate. Simply place a stem cutting in a glass of water and wait. Once your cutting has developed a good root system, transplant it to a soil-filled container.