Philodendron Care – Tips to Beautify Your Neglected Houseplant

One of the most common houseplants in America and one of the most abused is the philodendron. Found in homes and office buildings around the world, the most common variety is often seen as a sprawling vine, 10 feet long, rarely with a few heart-shaped leaves scattered along its length. Philodendron is native to the tropics and belongs to the Araceae family. Philodendron plants come in all shapes and sizes, from small vines to large trees. There are many types of philodendron, each with its own characteristics in terms of size, shape, or leaf color.  You can also order philodendron ‘Brasil’ and heartleaf philodendron plant online from various sites. 

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Most philodendrons reside at home in the tropical forests of America and are suitable for moderately strong filtered light, similar to a dense forest floor. Because of this adaptation, they are prime candidates for survival in low to moderate light in many homes and offices. While most philodendrons do well in low light, the more colorful varieties require lighter spots.

Philodendrons grow best in small pots that fit well and form a beautiful, intertwined root ball that you can plant in a pot that seems too small. Pot your philodendron in late winter or spring. For easier drainage, fill the bottom of the pot 1/4 full with crushed clay rock, which should then be covered with moss, grass or large leaves to prevent blockage of drainage. Feed your philodendron in the spring and again in the middle of summer with liquid fertilizer for houseplants. You can propagate your own philodendron by taking cuttings with at least 2 joints and planting them.

The plant tolerates poor lighting conditions, but too little light causes plant scarcity as the new leaves become smaller and separate further on the stem. All philodendrons should be checked regularly and kept moist.