Indoor Plant of the Month for January

img_9577For generations, philodendrons have been a ‘tried & trusted’ option in interior gardens. Philodendrons are widely used by interior plantscapers – they are lush looking and popular primarily because they are extremely easy to care for!

The philodendron genus contains some of the most beautiful foliage plants in the plant kingdom.

With origins in the America’s, there are several hundred species of philodendrons. The Philodendron varieties grown indoors can be broadly classified into two types: climbing and non-climbing varieties.

Philodendrons thrive with minimal care, they have glossy, bright green foliage and can grow quite large. The many different varieties offer a wide range of unique colour and style options, making them suitable for all areas of your home.

Philodendrons have air purifying properties! Several varieties excel as air fresheners, including Heartleaf (Philodendron scandens ‘oxycardium’), Elephant Ear (Philodendron domesticum), and Selloum (Philodendron selloum). Philodendrons have also been found to remove toxic Xylene from home & office environments.

 

Philodendrons are easy-care houseplants that need very little attention. Even inexperienced houseplant owners will have no trouble growing philodendron plants because they adapt readily to the conditions inside the home. Philodendron houseplants thrive indoors year round without complaint

Basic Philodendron needs: sunlight, water and fertiliser.

philo-4Sunlight – Set the plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Find a position near a window where the sun’s rays never actually touch the foliage. While it’s normal for older leaves to yellow, if this happens to several leaves at the same time, the plant may be getting too much light. On the other hand, if the stems are long and leggy with several inches between leaves, the plant probably isn’t getting enough light.

Water – When growing philodendron plants, allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. The length of your index finger to the first knuckle is about an inch, so inserting your finger into the soil is a good way to check the moisture level. Droopy leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. But the leaves recover quickly when you correct the watering schedule.

Fertilising – Feed philodendron houseplants monthly with a balanced plant food that contains macro-nutrients.

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