Time to brush up on your Latin: The name comes from the Greek words “philo” meaning "love, affection" and “dendron” meaning "tree".
The Cinderella of houseplants, the no fuss one who might just outshine the others.
This humble houseplant may be overlooked as it hangs around in the home of most houseplant lovers. But behind the scenes, it’s beautiful decorative leaves have inspired some of the world's most respected artists from the Eames to Erdem. It’s rise to fame began in the19th century when botanist, Heinrich Wilhelm Schott identified 587 species of philodendron on expedition in Brazil and brought them home to the Imperial Garden of Vienna. This plant is one of my faves as it is great for making your jungle massive - you can pin it across walls, drape it around picture frames or hang it from macrame. But, we need to go back to the start of the story to understand it.
Pot size: 15cm / length around 40cm (from top of soil)
The Cinderella of houseplants, the no fuss one who might just outshine the other
Approximately 25cm-30cm length
*Please note measurements are approximate and each plant will vary
How Not To Kill Your Philodendron.
While it is normal for older leaves to turn yellow, watch out for changes in colour as a sign of distress! If lots of leaves go yellow it could be getting too much light or is being over watered. Under watering will turn the leaves brown and they will fall off! Just stick to a good drink once a week and always let it dry out in between. No new growth means this tropical tree lover it is cold! Move it somewhere warmer.
Back To The Roots.
The first clue is in the name - a tree lover! The species of philodendron most commonly used as a houseplant is the climber which started life on the rainforest floor of the Latin Americas and used its roots to climb up towards the light! They start with small leaves and as they grow up a tree, their leaves will get bigger to get more sun right up at the top. But remember, the top is still obscured by a canopy of trees. Therefore, these guys grow well in both shaded and bright places but avoid direct light as they will scorch! During the rainy season they will often experience rain on a daily basis for up more than half the year so make sure they get lots to drink. Tropical plants live in very humid conditions where they can get water directly from the air, even during drier spells, so keep the humidity up with a good mist and keep an eye on your plant is getting enough water, even in winter. Remember, these guys love good drainage so don’t let them get waterlogged and repot in Spring.
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