Most philodendrons have similar care requirements, but some types may require small care adjustments

Caring for your Philodendron


For Philodendrons, water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Ensure thorough watering, allowing excess water to drain away. During spring and summer, water more frequently, but reduce watering in winter. Since philodendrons are aroids, overwatering will quickly lead to root rot.


Philodendrons generally thrive in medium to bright, indirect light. They can tolerate lower light conditions but may exhibit slower growth. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as it can scorch their leaves. Aim for a spot where they can receive filtered or indirect sunlight for a few hours each day.


For Philodendrons, use a well-draining potting mix that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged. A blend of peat moss, perlite, and pine bark or coconut coir works well. This mixture provides good aeration and drainage while retaining some moisture. Avoid heavy soils or those prone to compaction, as they can lead to root rot. An aroid soil blend is also an easy way to make sure you have the proper soil. Repot your Philodendron every 1-2 years to refresh the soil and provide ample space for root growth.

Temperature & Humidity

Philodendrons prefer average room temperatures ranging from 65°F to 80°F. They can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be kept away from drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations, which can stress the plant. Avoid exposing them to temperatures below 50°F, as it can cause damage to the foliage and slow down growth.

Normal household humidity is fine for your philodendron, but higher humidity will encourage larger leaves. Misiting is benefical as well.


For optimal growth, feed your Philodendrons once a month during spring and summer with a liquid indoor plant fertilizer. During fall and winter, reduce feeding frequency to every other month to accommodate the plant's slower growth


Philodendron leaves are toxic to both pets and humans. Ingestion can lead to symptoms such as swelling of the lips and tongue, as well as stomach irritation with potential vomiting.

Additional tips

Regularly prune your Philodendron to remove dead or yellowing leaves and encourage new growth. This also helps to maintain a compact and attractive appearance.

Provide support such as a moss pole or trellis for climbing varieties. This encourages upward growth and prevents the plant from sprawling.

Keep an eye out for common pests such as spider mites and mealybugs, which can affect Philodendrons. If detected, treat the plant promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Rotate your Philodendron periodically to ensure even growth and prevent it from leaning towards the light source. This encourages balanced foliage development.