Philodendron (Love tree) - Care tips
Philodendron (Love tree)
Have you always wanted a ‘Love Tree’ in your home? We hear you thinking.. Love Tree? Yes, the Philodendron’s name comes from the Greek words ‘Philo’ which means love and ‘Dendron’ which means tree: ‘love tree’! The origin of the Philodendron lies in the rainforests of South America. It has several varieties in all sort of shapes, colours and sizes. Currently, there are almost 500 types of philodendron. Some like to climb and can even cover walls and others can be seen as miniature (indoor) trees.
Since Philodendrons are known as aroids, it is clear that they can thrive both outdoors in warm climates (Unfortunately for us (most) Europeans☹), and indoors as a houseplant. Philodendron varieties require low maintenance while offering her stunning and intricate leaf. This versatility is what makes them so popular among beginning plant parents but the experts as well. Besides being incredibly adaptive, the Philodendron’s leaves are basically air purifiers that gather polluting particles and release fresh and clean oxygen. We think this amazing!
Philodendron Plant Care Tips
The most Philodendrons are relatively easy to care for and quite forgiving. However, please check the requirements for the specific variety of the Philodendron you are caring for. We notice that a lightweight soil, with the addition of organic material, is perfect for the Philodendron and will help her shine!
Light and placement for Philodendrons
The Philodendron in a location with bright but indirect sunlight is a happy plant. A position near a window where the sun never actually touch her foliage is perfect. If several leaves turn yellow at the same time, the plant may be getting to much indirect sunlight! On the other hand, the plant probably isn’t getting enough light, when the stems are leggy and long with several inches between the leaves. Please note that it is normal for older leaves to turn yellow.
When you want your Philodendron to grow up the best possible way, you should allow the top 2-3 centimetres of the soil to dry out between watering. Droopy leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. But the leaves will recover quick when you correct your watering schedule.
Water the plant with fertilizer monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter. Small leaf size and slow growth is her way of telling you that it is not getting enough fertilizer. Pale new leaves usually indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough calcium and magnesium, which are essential micro-nutrients for philodendrons.
We understand that you love your Philodendron so much that you want to create new babies. Propagating Philodendrons is definitely possible and not even that hard! For most Philodendrons it just takes a cut from the stem (between 2 nodes). You can easily put the cutting into water or soil (a light soil, so mix it with perlite for example). Check your cutting after a few weeks (after aprox 4 weeks) to see if there are roots growing and enjoy your new baby! We recommend to always double check the best way to propagate your type of Philodendron though.
Most common pests on Philodendrons
Root rot caused by too much water, too little water or insects and mites are the most common problems. While philodendrons are generally pest-free, aphids, mealybugs, scales and spider mites can infest them sometimes. Our PLNTS Doctor to the rescue! On this page you can find all the tips and tricks that you need when your Philodendron shows signs of problems.
Are Philodendrons poisonous for pets or children?
It is important to note that the philodendron is considered toxic to your furry friends and children. So keep your babies away from each other. Sometimes it can also cause skin irritation when being pruned or handled.
Buy your new Philodendron at PLNTS.com
At PLNTS.com you can buy over 20 different types of the Philodendron, like the Philodendron Birkin, the Philodendron Majesty and the Philodendron Xanadu. With so many varieties to choose from, there really is a Philodendron for everyone!
Whether you like your Philodendrons big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!