Today I’m going to be sharing my philodendron houseplant care tips and tricks.
Philodendron plants do prefer bright but indirect light. Tthis means that finding a place near a window where the plant isn’t going to receive any direct sun rays through that window. Is pretty important that’s not to say these plants don’t do well in low to medium bright indirect light.
I’ve had great luck keeping my clients next to East and West facing windows. Ido keep my plants right next to that window and they’ve done it really really well. I also keep some of my philodendron plants facing a southern window but I just keep them pulled eight to ten feet back from that window. So it’s not getting anything direct.
A sign that your philodendron is receiving too much direct sun exposure is that multiple leaves turn yellow or lighten in color all at once. It is normal for older leaves to change color a little bit every now and again. But if multiple leaves are doing it at once then that means you may want to try and move your plant back and see how it fares that way.
On the flip side if your plant isn’t getting enough sunlight it’ll begin to grow leggy the new growth will be discolored or it’ll be smaller than what’s normal for the new growth on your plant. So if you notice anything like that just adjust accordingly.
The plant will prefer to be watered once the first 2 to 3 inches of soil is dry. So just stick your finger in there and if it’s dry all the way down then that may mean that it needs some water.
I find myself watering my philodendron plants every 7 to 10 days. Depending on a sign of over or under-watering is curled or drooping leaves. So if you start to notice that the edges of your philodendron plant’s leaves are starting to curl a little bit or they’re really drooping then go ahead and fill the soil.
If the soil is moist and your plant looks sad then that means your plant is being overwatered. If the plant is drooping or curling and the soil feels dry then that means it’s being underwater, so just adjust how much you’re watering it accordingly.
One of the great things about this plant for especially beginners is if you do over or under water the plant it does bounce back really quickly. So not all is lost if you notice these signs on your plant.
I’m going to include fertilizing in the water category because I do use a liquid fertilizer. I use the balanced all-purpose fertilizer and what I’ll do is during the warm growing months all fertilize my plant according to the ratio on the back of the bottle. About once a month I just pay attention to my plant’s growth and see how it’s doing.
If I notice it’s slowing up and growth I’ll feed it a little bit more. During the cold months, I will fertilize it probably every one and a half to two months. Again just kind of gauging the way my plant is growing. But that system seems to be working pretty well for me.
Like I said these plants are fairly forgiving if you make a mistake here in there don’t worry too much about it. They’re going to be just fine.
Philodendron plants do prefer airy soil. Make sure that’s rich in organic materials I’ve had great luck using black/gold all-purpose potting soil mixed with some orchid bark perlite or pumice and then also peat moss. It gives a really airy fill but it also can hold a little bit of moisture. Philodendron love that.
I will note is that they don’t do well in temperatures under 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If your house happens to be 55 degrees or lower for like a day the plant will probably be fine. But if you’re keeping it in this temperature long-term you will start to notice stunted growth or discoloration. The plant just won’t be as happy because they definitely do prefer like sixty to eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Can go a little bit lower on a short-term basis.
Philodendron plants do love humidity. They prefer humidity but I live in one of the lowest humidity State but my philodendron plants have done well. The one thing you will notice with more humidity is the plant will grow a little bit more quickly.
If it’s in lower humidity it won’t grow as quickly but it can still survive and actually do really really well.
These plants are really easy to propagate. So I prefer taking cuttings and rooting them in water. Of course, that’s pretty much how I like to propagate most of my plants.
What you’ll do is just take a cutting below a node or below an aerial root. Put that little baby in the water and it’ll grow some roots pretty quickly. Again if it has higher humidity it’ll grow roots and grow new foliage a lot more quickly. Once you’ve noticed some adequate root growth I just like to wait for it to be at least a few inches long or until the root system looks proportionate to the plant.