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Philodendrons are a classic and easy-care house plant because they are do not require a lot of attention. The philodendron plant family is very diverse; there are vining, climbing, Split-leaved, and dwarf philodendron varieties. Philodendrons are one of the most popular houseplants grown today because they are easy to grow and most of the types available today adapt well to average household conditions.
Many of the well-known philodendrons are vines that are perfect for climbing on a totem or up a trellis. They can also be grown in hanging baskets, allowing the heart-shaped foliage to hang down, creating a cascading effect. Philodendrons are counted as some of the easiest to grow indoor plants of all time. Upright-growing and clumping Philodendron varieties are just as easy to grow but typically have larger leaves.
Types of Philodendrons
There are two main types of Philodendrons, climbing and upright varieties. As the type names indicate, climbing philodendron plants climb vertical surfaces by vining and can be trained on a moss pole or trellis. Climbing types can also be grown in a hanging basket to create a trailing plant.
The Climbing Philodendron varieties include Philodendron Brasil or heart-leaved philodendron and philodendron micans, also called Velvet leaved Philodendron. Both of these plants resemble pothos plants but are members of a different genus of plants altogether. Monstera adansonii or swiss cheese vine is sometimes also mistakenly included in the climbing philodendron family as well, but once again, it's classified in a different genus as well.
Upright philodendrons grow upward or in clumps but at a much slower pace than their hanging counterparts. Upright varieties typically have much larger leaves than the climbing philodendron varieties. The upright Philodendron family has many more members and includes everyone's favorite, the split-leaf Philodendron, which some classify as a Monstera. There are many different clumping or upright philodendrons, and the colors and sizes are almost endless.
Are Philodendrons Air-purifying Houseplants?
Philodendrons have been shown to improve indoor air quality. Through their aerial roots and broad leaves, these plants act as an air filter, helping to remove pollutants from the air and releasing clean oxygen. The Larger-leafed philodendrons, including the ever-popular split-leaf Philodendron plant, are among the most effective plants for reducing indoor air pollution.
Are Philodendrons Safe for Children and Pets?
Philodendrons are common house plants in the United States. Unfortunately, all types of philodendrons are toxic to most animals, including humans. While not deadly, ingestion of the plant can cause discomfort and swelling of the mouth and digestive tract.
Quick Tips for Growing Philodendron Plants
Sunlight: All members of the philodendron family prefer a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Select a position near a window where the sun's direct rays never actually touch the foliage. If you notice several of the older leaves turning yellow, this can mean the plant may be getting too much direct sunlight.
On the other hand, if the plant's stems become long and leggy, the plant probably isn't getting enough light. Once you find the perfect position for the plant, each of these two conditions will quickly fix itself.
Water: When growing philodendron plants in the home or office, allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Inserting your index finger to the first knuckle into the soil is best to check the moisture level. Wilting leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. Try to adjust your watering schedule either way, and the leaves recover quickly when you correct the watering schedule.
Fertilizer: It's best to fertilize philodendron houseplants with a balanced liquid houseplant such as Jack's Classic Houseplant Special Fertilizer. Water the plant with the fertilizer monthly in the spring and summer months. Slow growth and small leaf size are the plant's way of telling you that it isn't getting enough food.
Soil: We recommend that you use a potting mix that is well-draining and high in organic matter. A trick we have tested and have been very happy with is creating a mixture of 50% Espoma Organic Potting mix with 50% Espoma Organic Cactus mix. The cactus soil has larger particle sizes that allow for better drainage.
Why are my Split Leaf Philodendron Leaves not splitting?
Split Leaf Philodendron plants begin to produce their famous "split leaves" when they begin to mature. This often occurs in the first year of the plant's life but can wait until the second year. When you purchase young philodendron plants, it's not uncommon for there to be no split leaves.
4-Inch and 6-inch plants are young and may not arrive with splits or "windows," but as the new leaves unfurl, they often will have a window or two. 10-Inch Pots generally have been grown long enough to have many split leaves.
Insufficient light is one of the most common reasons your mature philodendron plant won't produce split leaves. Incorrect watering or fertilization can also be a contributing factor. It's essential to make sure that you water your Philodendron enough so that the soil is never too dry for extended periods. Be aware that these plants don't like sitting in water for too long, so be sure to drain the saucer after watering.
It would be best if you only were fertilizing your split-leaf Philodendron plant during the spring and summer months, as too much fertilization in the winter months can harm your monstera's natural growth and cause stress. Remember, If the green leaves are not vibrant, there is something causing stress to your plant.