How to keep your Philodendron looking good

Varieties:
Philodendron 'White Knight'
Philodendron erubescens 'White Knight'
Philodendron scandens ‘Micans’

What The Plant Needs

Welcome Home

When your Philodendron arrives home, be patient and give it time to acclimatise to its new surroundings.

Give it gentle attention; find a well-lit spot, mist the leaves, and water if the soil feels dry. After a week or so, your Philodendron will start to feel at home and start to glow.

Position

Your Philodendron will thrive in a bright position that gets plenty of morning or late-afternoon sunlight.

It's a good idea to place your Philodendron in a spot where it gets consistent light and warmth - like most houseplants, they will appreciate things staying the same and routine.

Keep them out of the midday sun, as this can scorch the leaves. In particular the white of the leaves are very sensitive to midday sun.

Your Philodendron will prefer temperatures between 12-26˚C.

In winter don't be tempted to move your Philodendron closer to a radiator, keep your Philodendron away from radiators and cold draughts as they cause stress to houseplants.

In the summer months when it's hot, keep a close eye on your Philodendron. Wilting could mean they need more water, brown leaf edges could mean it's getting too much sun.

Watering

Check the top 5cm of soil with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to water.

Don't leave the plant standing in water, so make sure the water can drain away.

It's a good idea to check the soil more often in summer when the weather is warmer, as your Philodendron might need a little more water than in the cold winter months.

Don't forget to mist your Philodendron often or use a cool-mist room humidifier to raise the humidity in the air around it.

Feeding

Philodendron will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every 2 weeks in spring, summer and autumn when the Philodendron is in its growth phase.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed.

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects on your Philodendron, such as aphids and mealybugs.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.

Diseases such as root rot and bacterial leaf spot are common to Philodendron.

When in doubt, contact us at Sproutl with a photograph of the problem so we can help you.

Maintenance

Don't be put off by the idea of re-potting your Philodendron.

You'll want to repot it when the roots are visible through the drainage holes of the pot, and ideally in spring.

Choose a pot that's slightly larger than its current home, with drainage holes so that water can drain easily.

If you're re-potting directly into a decorative pot that has a drainage hole, don't forget a saucer, or simply use a nursery pot placed inside the decorative pot or basket which can be easily emptied of excess water.

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