How To Care For Your Philodendron


Philodendron Plants are a members of the Araceae plant family and originate from Colombia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. Philodendron is a Greek name meaning 'love tree' or 'affection tree'. The word 'Philo' means 'love or affection', while 'dendron' means 'tree'. With hundreds of different Philodendron plants, their low maintenance qualities make them a great plant for any home!


Philodendron plants do best when their soil can dry out between watering. We recommend allowing only the top two inches to dry being sure that the roots are still moist. If the leaves are wilting or turning brown, you should water the plant more often. If the leaves are yellow, you may be watering it too much. Adjust your watering habits accordingly, your plant should make a full recovery and continue growing into a happy plant!


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While Philodendron does well in a variety of light conditions and can even tolerate low light, moderate indoor light is ideal. Outdoors they can be grown in shade to partial shade. Pale leaves that turn yellowish in color could indicate that your plant is getting too much light.


We recommend using organic potting soil when repotting your Philodendron. All fertilizers used should be diluted to at least 1/2 strength to avoid harming the plant. You should only use fertilizers during their growing season (spring and summer). It is not required to fertilize your plant, it may just grow at a slower rate.

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Philodendron Plants can withstand a range of temperatures from 55-85 degrees. For ideal growth and plant happiness, we recommend keeping your plant in a room around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 


For the most part, Philodendron plants are bug-free plant. The most common bug is the mealybug. If your plant obtains these bugs, we recommend lightly spraying them daily with mild, soapy water until all bugs are gone. For an in depth analysis on how to prevent and care for plants with bugs click here.


Naturally, old leaves will wilt and die as the plant grows. You can carefully remove these leaves making sure you do not damage the rest of the plant. If a healthy leaf is broken off, the plant will naturally grow back a new leaf to replace it.

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