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PhilodendronsUpdated 2 months ago

Philodendrons are one of the most common houseplants. They're easy to care for, and grow quickly. There are vining philodendrons and self-heading ones - both of which can be considered climbers and grow well with moss poles, trestles, or wooden planks. 

Lighting: Philodendrons do best in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate lower light conditions but will grow more slowly and may have fewer leaves. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.  

Water: Allow the top one to two inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot. Do water thoroughly when the soil is around 50-75% dry, as this will help to prevent over and under watering. Try our Moisture Meter for easy moisture level monitoring. 💦 

Feeding: Use diluted plant food once a month in the spring and summer. Avoid plant food in the fall and winter when the plant goes dormant. If you've recently repotted, wait ~6 weeks before feeding. Check out our collection of favorite plant foods here!

Maintenance: Trim back any leggy or overgrown stems to maintain a compact and bushy shape. Remove any yellow or dead leaves to encourage healthy new growth. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust, which helps the plant photosynthesize more efficiently. 🌿 

Repotting: Repot your Philodendron every 2-3 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one to prevent overwatering. We recommend using our very own potting soil mix

Toxicity: Not pet-friendly. 🙅 

Pro-tip: Philodendron literally means "love tree" in Greek because that's how they grow in the wild - climbing trees. To train your philodendron to climb indoors, you'll first need to give it something to cling to with its aerial roots. We recommend woody planks or moss poles. Keep your stake moist and the plant will take it from there. To speed the process up, use plant ties to gently attach the vines or stems.

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