Philodendron Tenue

Philodendron Tenue Care

Welcome to our guide to philodendron tenue care

Philodendron Tenue Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly and only water if top 50% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A high in nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting mix with added perlite.
Temperature:18°C to 27°C (64-81°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering.


The philodendron tenue is a climbing philodendron and has stunning long-heart shaped leaved with horizontal wrinkles all the way down.

Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is best with no direct sunlight that could burn the leaves.

How Often to Water A Philodendron Tenue

Check the plant each week and only water it if the top 50% of soil is dry.

Tip: underwater this plant rather than overwater it, they must not sit in soggy soil as they get root rot easily. Check the soil and only water if mostly dry, and make sure you don’t leave the pot wat in any excess water.


Feed it a high in nitrogen feed once a month in spring and summer months.


You want a really well draining compost for this type of plant, if using a normal multipurpose potting compost then add about 20% perlite.

For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot A Philodendron Tenue

Check the plants in early Spring time to make sure they have plenty of space to grow.


60-70% is ideal, a bit less is ok, but they will flourish if given decent humidity levels.


18°C to 27°C (64-81°F) is the optimum range, they’ll be ok a bit above and below to be honest but don’t let them really cold in winter.

How To Propagate Philodendron Tenue

Take stem cuttings with one leaf and one node. Let them callous over for the wounds to heal, then put the cuttings in cups of moist sphagnum moss to root. Keep them moist, humid and well lit until they root well, then pot them up to soil.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

Yes, they are toxic to cats. The parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation if ingested, seek vets advice if your cat eats any.

Philodendron Tenue Round Form

The philodendron tenue round form is a slightly more rounded version of the plant. It is often difficult to tell the difference when young, but when mature the leaves are a lot rounder than the normal form.

Philodendron Tenue Vs Sharoniae

The sharoniae has narrow, longer leaves thanks the tenue. They are very similar philodendrons, they often get confused or mis-sold.

Is It A Climber Or Crawler?

The Philodendron Tenue is a climbing philodendron.

Philodendron Tenue Aff

The philodendron tenue aff is a close hybrid to the tenue, but not a totally pure form.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Philodendron Tenue Care FAQs and Common Problems

Overwatering is the biggest issue as it is really easy with philodendrons. Make sure you tip out any excess water after watering so the plant does not sit in water logged soil.

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