Philodendron | How to Care for Philodendron

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How to Care for your Philodendron

Good news for any plant killers out there! Philodendrons are the easiest plant to keep healthy and they're very difficult to kill. Virtually anybody can grow this gifted plant and turn your space into a beautiful jungle. If you want to spice up your space with a good-natured leafy green, here’s everything you need to know about how to care for your philodendron.


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How Much Light to Give Philodendron Plants

These plants grow best in indirect sunlight or in low light conditions. They don’t need much light to survive and in fact, they’ll do just fine in an office or any space lit only with some sort of lighting. Exposure to direct sunlight will cause the leaves to spot or burn.


How Much to Water Philodendron Plants

Water your philodendron well and allow half of the soil is dry before watering again. Yellow leaves may indicate overwatering, while brown leaves mean the plant needs more water. When watered, the plant will reward you with an exuberant appearance.


What Kind of Fertilizer to Use for Philodendron Plants

Philodendron will do just fine without fertilization. However, they are fast growing plants and should be fertilized monthly for best results. Just remember, when mixing up the solution, weaker rather than stronger solutions will be better for your philodendron. Spray PRO ORGANIC® Liquid Plant Food right onto their leaves for greater effect.

See our blog on foliar feeding for more information, best practices, and the benefits of this practice.


Facts About Philodendron Toxicity

The main drawback to philodendrons is their toxicity. Typically, ingestion will result in swelling of the lips and tongue, and stomach irritation with possible vomiting. Philodendrons are toxic to dogs and cats so keep this in mind and watch your pets.


Pruning Your Philodendron Plant

Philodendrons are great for hanging plants, trailing plants, or table plants. No matter which style you choose, pruning your philodendron regularly will help keep your plant lush and healthy. Trim those leggy trails to promote business and encourage new growth.


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