Philodendron Care
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Philodendron Care

Philodendros are easy to care for and in general do well in most households, give them good light and water them regularly, allowing eh to layer to dry out first…

Philodendron Care Summary

Light needs:Indirect sunlight from medium to bright.
Watering needs:Let top layer dry out between waterings.
Fertilizer:Balanced fertilizer once a month in the warmer growing months.
Soil:Peat based potting compost with plenty of organic matter or sphagnum.
Humidity:Normal household humidity is ok, but they’ll thrive in a bit more, mist them a few time a week if you can.
Temperature:Normal household temps, but don’t let them get too cold in winter
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Be careful of pests like mealybugs, and spider mites.


Welcome to our Philodendron Care guide. There are many types of philodendrons, they have shot to popularity in recent years as in-demand plants for houseplant lovers.

Philodendron Light Needs

Philodendrons like indirect sunlight, from medium room light to really bright indirect sunlight.

How Often to Water A Philodendron

Allow philodendrons’ top layer to dry out between watering, if the soil is dry for a half a winger depth down then you can water your plant.

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You can feed your philodendrons a balanced fertilizer to help them grow quicker. Do so once a month in the warmer growing months.


Give them a peat based potting compost with plenty of organic matter or sphagnum in it. Philodendrons like to be kept moist, plant collectors often keep them in sphagnum moss alone.

When To Repot A Philodendron

Plant your philodendron up a pot size if it gets root bound and roots start to grow through the bottom, the best time to do this is late spring or early summer.


Philodendrons will do well in normal household humidity levels, but they will thrive in the higher end of these levels. Give them a good misting at watering time and they will thank you for it!

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Normal household temperatures are great for Philodendrons, just don’t let them get too cold in winter.

Where To Buy Philodendrons

You can buy all types of philodendrons on Etsy, from specialist sellers to general plant stores.

Philodendrons In Water

You can grow philodendrons in water alone. They look great a decoration with a cutting in a glass jar. See our water propagation guide for more info.

Philodendron Care FAQs and Common Issues

Be careful of pests like mealybugs, and spider mites, see our articles on Houseplant Pests and Problems for more on how to spot and fix these issues.

How many philodendrons are there?

There are almost 500 varieties of philodendrons at the moment! And the list is still growing.

What are the different types of Philodendrons?

There are loads and loads of different types of Philodendrons, here are a few…

Philodendron Bipennifolium
Philodendron Bipinnatifidum
Philodendron Brandtianum
Philodendron Brasil
Philodendron Domesticum
Philodendron Erubescens
Philodendron Grazielae
Philodendron Hastatum
Philodendron Hederaceum
Philodendron Hederaceum
Philodendron Micans
Philodendron Moonlight
Philodendron Rugosum
Philodendron Selloum
Philodendron Sp. ‘white Knight.’

Are Pothos And Philodendron The Same?

Pothos and philodendron are similar but not the same, see our article Philodendron Vs Pothos for more info.

Are Philodendron Toxic To Cats?

They are poisonous if eaten, if this happens seek a vets advice straight away.

Why Is My Philodendron Turning Yellow?

Yellowing in philodendrons is most likely due to overwatering. It can also be from irregular watering, for example letting the plant dry out for too long, then watering heavily.

Philodendron Leaves Turning Brown

Philodendron leaves leaves turn brown at the edges if they lack moisture – make sure to water the plant and mist it to up the humidity. If the whole leaf is brown it could be for a number of reasons, either severe lack of water or overwatering.

What is the rarest philodendron?

There are some really rare philodendrons! A Variegated Philodendron Minima sold last year in New Zealand for the equivalent of almost 5000 euros (more than 5500USD).

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