Philodendron, a member of the Araceae (Arum) family, was first described in 1644 and given its name in 1829. That name derives from Greek: ‘philo’ means ‘love’ or ‘affection’ and ‘dendron’ is ‘tree’.
It is a classic, no-fail, indirect light plant making it suitable for homes, offices, hotels, you name it! Here are a few variations of the Philodendron.
Its name is derived from its distinctively coloured leaves. They change colour over time, boasting stunning orange, glossy leaves maturing to a light green shade. It will add a touch of class to any indoor space.
This rare, gorgeous houseplant has beautiful, heart-shaped leaves, variegated with a pinstriped, light yellow. The garden gods took a paintbrush across the leaves to make an intriguing pattern. You don’t find many plants like it.
This is native to Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The ‘Florida’ has large green leaves with distinct lobes to each leaf and red stems. Its max height is 1m, but it is a climber and will do well with a totem pole to encourage its leaves to mature.
The leaves of the Super Atom are wavy, like a gentle ruffle. This is a small, dense and low philodendron and stays small. The fruit of the Super Atom is edible by birds.
Native to Southeastern coastal Brazil, this indoor climbing plant is one of the toughest around. It boasts large, bold green heart-shaped leaves, making it the perfect feature plant for any indoor space.
This stunning semi-climbing philodendron has exquisite silver-grey foliage. The leaves will resemble arrowheads when it matures. Also a climber, it likes a coir pole to climb.
Phillys can survive in low light conditions but grow fast and prolifically in medium or bright indirect light. Pale leaves may indicate too much light. Long, leggy stems with few leaves might indicate insufficient light. It is important to note that direct sunlight burns foliage.
It’s time to water these babies when the top of the soil feels slightly dry, or the plant starts to droop. Let the pot drain completely and avoid it standing in water. Water sparingly in winter, allowing time between watering so it can dry a bit more than usual.
Standard household humidity is fine, but higher humidity encourages larger leaves. Your plant will benefit from misting every two days.
Philodendrons prefer warmer temperatures above 10 degrees C, thriving between 18 degrees C and 25 degrees C. Keep them away from drafts, especially cold ones.
Peat moss has a coarse and an airy texture which retains water and allows excess water to drain. You can use perlite mixed with peat moss (an amorphous volcanic glass with high water content) as well.
Feed monthly in the spring and summer with a houseplant food diluted to half the recommended strength. Curling leaves or brown tips might mean too much fertiliser. Give the fertiliser a skip in winter.
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