Philodendrons are one of the most popular plants because of the crazy variance in foliage and how easy they are to care for. From the trailing heart-shaped leaves of a Philodendron cordatum to the increasing popular Philodendron Rojo congo and the oh so pretty Philodendron pink princess, these stunners are perfect for beginners and plant pros.
This care guide covers any Philodendron you can think of because their care needs are extremely similar! They are all easy going and as a variety, one of the most popular as a result. So you can be confident you will be able to not only keep you Philodendron alive but thriving!
Scientific name: Philodendron (various)
Difficulty level – Easy
Philodendron thrives in bright, indirect light. Definitely keep away from direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves.
These guys enjoy a moderate amount of water, keeping the soil slightly moist, but ensuring that the top few inches dry out between waterings. Always check the soil BEFORE you water, dig down using your finger or a soil moisture metre about 3 inches and if the soil feels completely dry then you can give it water (about 350ml for a 20cm diameter pot). If the soil still feels at all damp then wait a few days and check again.
Overwatering is the number one killer of indoor plants so it is super important that you first check the soil of your Philodendron BEFORE you show it your love with some water!
Feed your Philodendron with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 6 months). During the warmer months, your Philodendron likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch him sprout fresh new leaves.
They will also love you more if you give the leaves a wipe down on occasion to remove dust and you can use a chopstick or your soil moisture metre to poke all the way down to the bottom of the pot in several places to aerate the soil and stop air pockets.
Watch out! This guy is toxic to pets, and mini me’s if eaten.
Use a soil moisture metre to check how damp the soil is rather than digging with your finger.