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The Philodendron is the perfect starter plant. It’s happy growing in any direction – watch the characteristic heart-shaped leaves climb or hang depending on where you position it.
Did you know? The name derives from the Greek words “Philo”, which means love, and “Dendron”, which means tree. Monkeys and bats eat Philodendrons in the wild, relying on them for sustenance.
The Philodendron only requires watering every 7-10 days but allow the top level of soil to dry out slightly first. Although this plant is happy in normal household humidity, they really thrive in more humid environments, so give your plant a little mist every now and then or place it in a kitchen or bathroom.
The Philodendron is happiest in bright to medium indirect light but can also tolerate a degree of shade. Dust the leaves regularly with a damp cloth to allow the sunlight to reach them, enabling photosynthesis to take place.
It’s best to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets, as it can be toxic if eaten.
Over-watering is one of the most common mistakes owners make with Philodendrons. This leaves the plant vulnerable to root rot. Try to avoid letting your plant sit in water, check the bottom of the ceramic after watering and pour any excess water away. Yellow leaves are more commonly a sign of over-watering but can also be a sign of under-watering, so check the soil to avoid either extreme. It’s best to keep your plant away from draughts and radiators too, to prevent excessive moisture loss.
Another sign of yellowing leaves can be excessive light, so don’t place your plant in direct light, this can also scorch the leaves.