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Philodendron

Philodendron

The Philodendron originally comes from the rainforests of South America. Although in the Netherlands it is mainly known as an office plant and is found in many living rooms. Especially the Monstera is a well known species of the Philodendron. Although there are of course more known species to be found in this large family. The Philodendron Imperial Green, Philodendron Minima and the Philodendron Red Congo are also well known Philodendrons. Striking is that the Philodendron family in turn belongs to the plant family Araceae. A bunch of easy houseplants together!

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Philodendron

The Philodendron originally comes from the rainforests of South America. Although in the Netherlands it is mainly known as an office plant and is found in many living rooms. Especially the Monstera is a well known species of the Philodendron. Although there are of course more known species to be found in this large family. The Philodendron Imperial Green, Philodendron Minima and the Philodendron Red Congo are also well known Philodendrons. Striking is that the Philodendron family in turn belongs to the plant family Araceae. A bunch of easy houseplants together!

Philodendron

The Philodendron originally comes from the rainforests of South America. Although in the Netherlands it is mainly known as an office plant and is found in many living rooms. Especially the Monstera is a well known species of the Philodendron. Although there are of course more known species to be found in this large family. The Philodendron Imperial Green, Philodendron Minima and the Philodendron Red Congo are also well known Philodendrons. Striking is that the Philodendron family in turn belongs to the plant family Araceae. A bunch of easy houseplants together!

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once a year

Half-shade

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once every year

How do you take care of a Philodendron?

The best location

A Philodendron isn’t much of a fan of the sunny spot. The plant should therefore not be placed in indirect sunlight. Avoid the bright afternoon sunlight! It is best to give the plant 3 hours of sunlight. Preferably no more than that! You can give the Philodendron these 3 hours of light by not placing the plant directly next to a window. Choose for the Philodendron certainly not for a spot on the south! At a window in the south too much light comes in for the Philodendron. The Philodendron likes half shade already. Just light, but no direct contact with its beautiful leaf.

Watering the Philodendron

It is important to always keep the soil of the Philodendron slightly moist. Especially in spring and summer! Give a little water once a week. But then really a little bit! The Philodendron uses very little water. This can quickly cause you to give too much water. And all that excess water can’t drain away in the soil. The only way out of the water is in the roots, which in turn can lead to root rot. In the winter you can give less water. It is best to water once every two weeks in winter. A week without water is perfectly fine in winter.

Plant nutrition

It is important to feed the Philodendron from spring onwards. You can do this on a weekly basis by giving extra plant food. On average, the Philodendron needs one sip of plant food every 2 weeks. You can use Unisverele or Anthurium plant food for this. The Anthurium has the same requirements as the Philodendron. Make sure that you phase out the plant nutrition just before autumn. From autumn until winter a plant does not need any plant nutrition. Don’t you give it this? This can be harmful for the Philodendron!

Repotting

It’s best to repot the Philodendron every year. We also advise you to do this directly at the time of purchase. By repotting the plant it gets new energy from the soil, and the roots can grow again. The best time to repot a plant is in spring. It is best to use a flowerpot that is 20% larger. If you have a really old Philodendron, repotting is no longer necessary every year. The Philodendron does not grow as big as in nature. At some point the growth will stagnate.

Air purifying function

In addition to being a beautiful houseplant, the Philodendron is also air-purifying. Bonus points! The plant opens its stomata during the day. This way it converts CO2 into oxygen, which is an advantage for you. In addition, the Philodendron is also a winner in cleaning the air. No more dirty smells and harmful substances! The Philodendron will take care of it for you.

Is the Philodendron poisonous?

The Philodendron is poisonous on ingestion. Cats are often very intrigued by plants. Keep a close eye on the leaves of the plant. Has the leaf been eaten? Then consult a veterinarian. The leaves of the Philodendron can affect the kidneys of the cat. Keep a close eye on strange behaviour and striking symptoms.

Diseases and peculiarities

Fortunately, a Philodendron in general does not suffer from diseases and vermin. It is best to keep a close eye on the leaves of the plant. Should the plant suffer from mealybugs, you can react quickly. It is best to remove the leaves with a damp cloth and spray the plant with a pesticide.

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