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. No matter which one you have at home, Philodendron care is easy!

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. The non-climbing varieties can reach a width of twice their height so they need lots of space.

Philodendron Plant Care Guide

Soil of the philodendrons types

Soil Requirements:

Good drainage soil
Water requirements for the philodendron types

Water Requirements:

Keep the soil moist, but not wet.
Light requirements

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light.

Temperature Range:

Day - 75-85 °F (23-30 °C)/ Night - 65-70 °F (18-21 °C)


Depends on the variety you own.
Native to


Winter hardy in USDA Zones 9 through 11.


Toxic to humans and pets



Philodendron Care – Growing Requirements

  • Light Requirements

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

  • Watering Needs

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.

  • Soil Requirements

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.

  • Fertilizing

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.

Philodendron (left) and Pothos (right)

Gail Edwards
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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