Philodendron plants are perfect for beginner indoor gardeners due to their hardiness and adaptability. The leaves are heart-shaped and glossy, and the plant grows well with a minimum of care.

It can become leggy with little light, but it easily propagates by rooting stem cuttings in water.

The many varieties in the Philodendron genus divide into two basic types: vining and non-climbing.

Philodendron care guide sheet

The non-climbing varieties can reach a width of twice their height so need lots of space. No matter which one you have at home, Philodendron care is easy.

philodendron care guide

Light Requirements

The Philodendron is native to tropical rain-forests and likes bright, indirect light and warmth.

Philodendron Care: Soil 

The best soil for philodendron is a regular, commercial potting soil. The plant benefits from good drainage.

An addition of perlite to the potting mix is also beneficial.

thriving philodendron

How Often to Water Philodendron?

Although pretty hardy houseplants, the soil of philodendrons should be kept consistently moist but not wet.

Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering, but no more than that.

Philodendron Care: Fertilizer

To encourage larger leaves and overall health, fertilize the plant in the growing season with slow-release fertilizer pellets or with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. Although this is not necessary for philodendron care, it will make for an attractive plant.

hanging philodendron genus

Some varieties of Philodendron (left) is often confused with the Pothos plant (right) which has a very similar leaf shape.

The Pothos plant’s leaves are larger, however, and have yellow or white markings. Both plants have similar care needs.

About the Author - Gail Edwards

I have been a fan of indoor plants for over 40 yearsand have over 60 plants in my home.I bought my first plant, a Schefflera, when I was a teenager and slowly began collecting and propagating different varieties of plants.Now that I am retired, I also devote time to an outdoor flower garden and a vegetable garden in the summer months. I live in Canada where the


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