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- Philodendron is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae.
- As of September 2015, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepted 489 species; other sources accept different numbers.
- Regardless of the number of species, the genus is the second-largest member of the family Araceae.
- It grows best in loose, well-drained soil that is high in organic matter.
- They will grow in 100% sphagnum peat moss.
- Soilless mixtures such as peat-vermiculite or peat-perlite are also satisfactory.
- Feed it with a balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer that contains macro-nutrients.
- Water the plant with the fertilizer monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter.
- Slow growth and small leaf size is the plant’s way of telling you that it isn’t 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.
- Set the plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight.
- Find a position near a window where the sun’s rays never actually touch the foliage.
- While it’s normal for older leaves to yellow, if this happens to several leaves at the same time, the plant may be getting too much light.
- On the other hand, if the stems are long and leggy with several inches between leaves, the plant probably isn’t getting enough light.
- When growing philodendron plants, allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
- The length of your index finger to the first knuckle is about an inch, so inserting your finger into the soil is a good way to check the moisture level.
- Droopy leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water.
- But the leaves recover quickly when you correct the watering schedule.