There are two types of philodendron plants the vining plants and the non climbing plants. The vining philodendron will look and grow similarly to a pothos plant. Although they look similar philodendron plants have heart shaped leaves while pothos have larger, thicker and waxier leaves. Philodendrons are fast growing and easy plants, making them an excellent choice for your home.
Although Philodendron plants can tolerate low light they will grow faster in bright, indirect light or medium light. Avoid direct light on the foliage as this will cause it to burn. They can tolerate low light, however if you notice leggy growth you may need to move it to a brighter location.
Philodendrons like soil with good drainage. Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Careful not to over water since this can cause root rot. Non-climbing species are more drought tolerant than climbing species.
The ideal temperature for a philodendron is between 65 – 78° F during the day, and around 60° F at night.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
Just a few yellowing leaves is a sign of aging and nothing to worry about. However if you notice many leaves turning yellow all at once it is likely a sign that your Philodendron is receiving too much light. Philodendrons do best in bright, indirect light.
Why are my leaves drooping?
Droopy leaves can be a sign of both over watering and under watering. It is best to look at the soil rather than the leaves when deciding to wether or not to water your plant. When the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry it is time to water your philodendron.
Why are my leaves curling?
This is a sign of extreme under watering. Curled leaves with brown tips generally indicate your plant's soil has completely dried out. Fill a tub or sink with about 3-4 inches of room temperature water. Place your plant in the tub and let it to soak up the water through the drainage hole for at least 45 minutes. When the soil is evenly damp you can place it back in its regular spot. It is important to maintain a consistent watering schedule by watering when the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry.