Philodendron is a member of the Philodendron family. Its botanical name is Philodendron.
Philodendrons are a diverse group of plants that boast more than 200 varieties. The most common philodendron has tall, climbing vines with deep, green leaves that are heart-shaped and glossy. This fast-growing plant can quickly climb a pole.It is an ornamental / houseplant that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Keep in mind when planning your garden that Philodendron is known for growing to a shrubby habit.
Philodendron is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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Most Philodendrons are native to the jungles of tropical America, and as such, prefer the medium light intensity they would have on the jungle floor. They will tolerate low light, but if there is too little light, the new leaves will develop smaller, and farther apart on the stem. On the other hand, direct sunlight will burn the foliage, and stunt the growth of the plant.
Keep the soil evenly moist, but allow it to dry out between waterings. Keep them slightly drier during the winter months, when the growth slows. Over watering will cause the leaves to turn yellow. Under watering will cause the leaves to turn brown and fall off.
Philodendrons grow best when their roots are slightly cramped, (but not too cramped), so don’t plant them in a pot which is too large. When the roots begin to compact into a tight ball, the plant should be repotted into a planter which is 2-3 inches larger. Repotting should be done in late winter or spring, before the plant begins active growth.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Philodendron so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Philodendron so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Philodendron plants:
This plant gets its name from its leaves, which are deep green, glossy, and heart shaped. The name derives from the Greek philo or “love” and dendron or “tree”.
One of the most popular of all houseplants is the Philodendron. They have been used as houseplants as far back as Victorian times. In the 70’s they were the second most popular houseplants next to Swedish Ivy.